Disclosure: I was sent free samples of the Koffie Straw for this post and for a giveaway on my social media channels. This is a product I LOVE and use, so all opinions stated in this post are 100% my own!
Confession of a Coffee Lover
I sat down in the chair.
The first words out of her mouth, “oh, you drink coffee, don’t you?”.
Ummm, of course I drink coffee! In fact, I may have a small addiction! I am a full-time stay at home mom, I have a work-from-home part-time job, I run a household, and I am starting a website… so, yeah- I drink coffee!
For the next 20 minutes the Dental Hygienist scraped and polished all the coffee stains from my teeth.
After that appointment I knew I had to figure out a way to still love my coffee and not end up with a brown smile that warrants an immediate reaction from my Dental Hygienist!
A Straw for My Coffee
The very next week I was about 15 minutes into an Instagram Story hole (they can really suck me in) when I saw another food blogger drinking her morning coffee thru a straw! WHAT!!!???
I immediately messaged her to find out about this magic product. She said it was a Koffie Straw.
Koffie- as in Coffee! Genius! This was exactly the product I was looking for.
Within 10 minutes of discovering this AMAZING straw I had it ordered and have never looked back since.
The Koffie Straw
A straw is just a straw, right!?
The developers of the Koffie Straw really went the extra mile to make sure it has all the features you didn’t even know you needed in a straw!
First things first…the main reason I fell in love with Koffie Straw… they made the straw with an angled tip to allow the straw to fit past your front teeth. This is what helps keep your pearly whites- white!
The Koffie Straw is made of silicone which not only makes it dishwasher safe, it makes it safe to use in your hot coffee. Unlike a metal reusable straw it will not heat up and burn your mouth.
The Koffie Straw is also available in 2 different sizes, 7″ & 12″, to fit your favorite cup.
Super bonus… it is trimmable to fit ANY cup size. So if you drink out of a shorter cup just grab a pair of scissors and trim away.
One of my favorite features is the shape of the Koffie Straw. It is a thin oval-like shape. This allows the straw to fit into the drinking hole of a to-go coffee lid! Genius!
The size/width of the straw opening also makes it possible to still “sip” your coffee so you do not end up with mouth full of burning hot coffee.
It may be called the “Koffie” Straw but it is not made only for drinking coffee. This is a great straw to use with wine, soda, tea, or any other drink that might stain your teeth!
…and best of all it is reusable! Giving love back to Mother Earth♥
You can find out ALL the details of this amazing product and order your own at https://koffiestraw.com/
Homemade Cold Brew Coffee
Everyday at about 3:00 I can tell what time it is without even looking at the clock. That is the time of day when I loose all steam. My eyes start to feel heavy and my energy fades. This is when I need a caffeine pick-me-up.
Now, in the morning I prefer a good hot cup of coffee. I love taking my time to enjoy my coffee as I wake up. But in the afternoon, I love an Iced Cold Brew Coffee or Iced Latte. It is the perfect refreshing jolt of caffeine to get me thru the day.
How to Make a Pitcher of Cold Brew Coffee
All you need to make a good strong cold brew is your favorite dark coffee grounds, water, a filter of some kind, and a little patience!
First, pick your favorite DARK roasted coffee bean. I like to use a local KC coffee company called The Roasterie. They have a very dark bean called Full Vengeance.
Next, Grind the coffee on the largest/coarsest grind you can. This step is very important, do not buy pre- ground coffee to make your cold brew coffee. The small grind will give you an over-extraction of bitter coffee. The larger grind gives you a smooth and flavorful coffee.
Combine 4 cups of room temp or cold water with 1 cup of coarse ground coffee. I like to use my french press for this step. If you do not have a french press you can use a bowl, carafe, or pitcher. Stir the coffee so that all the grinds are saturated in the water.
Now for the patience part. Let the coffee sit, covered, at room temp for 12 to 24 hours.
The coffee is now ready to filter.
If you use a french press simply press the filter down and pour the cold brew coffee into a pitcher to store in the fridge.
If you are not using a french press, pour your cold brew coffee thru a piece of cheesecloth set in a mesh sieve, placed over a pitcher. (Kitchen tip: I have also tried using coffee filters in a mesh sieve but have not had luck with that method!)
Store your cold brew coffee in the fridge, covered, for about a week to 10 days. Any longer than that and the coffee will start to lose flavor and strength.
This is a strong cold brew coffee! When you are ready to drink it you can add a little cold water at a time to make it the desired strength.
Making an Iced Latte with your Cold Brew Coffee
My favorite way to enjoy this deliciously strong cold brew coffee is by making an Iced Latte. It is super simple to make and will save you $4 and a trip to the Starbucks drive thru!
Fill the glass with ice. Pour the cold brew coffee over the ice, filling the glass about 1/2 full.
(A traditional latte is 1/4 espresso and 3/4 milk, but since we are not using espresso I like more coffee than milk.)
Now add the milk you like- 2% milk, whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk… Add any sweetener (optional)- sugar, honey, splenda, agave…. Add any flavoring (optional)- chocolate, caramel, vanilla syrup…..
Give it a good stir and add a Koffie Straw to enjoy your Cold Brew Iced Latte!
If you tried the this recipe for Cold Brew Coffee or the Cold Brew Iced Latte let me know in the comments how it turned out for you!!
I hope you give this recipe for Cold Brew Coffee a try in your kitchen!
Homemade Cold Brew Coffee
- 1 cup coarse ground fresh coffee beans
- 4 cups room temp water
- Place the coarse ground coffee in a container (I use a french press for easy filtering).
- Slowly pour the water over the coffee grounds. Using a spoon make sure all the grinds are saturated with water.
- Cover and let sit at room temp for 12-24 hours.
- Filter your cold brew coffee.With a french press: simply press the plunger/filter and pour your cold brew coffee into a pitcher to store in the fridge.Without a french press: line a mesh sieve with a layer or two of cheesecloth. Place the sieve over a pitcher and slowly pour the cold brew coffee thru the filter.NOTE: discard the coffee grounds in the trash, do not pour down the sink drain!
- Store in the fridge for a week up to 10 days. Any longer than this and the cold brew coffee will start to lose flavor and strength.
- Cold Brew Coffee: Pour over ice and enjoy. If the brew is too strong add a little water at a time until it is the right strength.
- Cold Brew Iced Latte: Fill a jar or glass with ice. Fill 1/2 the glass with the cold brew coffee. Add desired milk (2% milk, whole milk, almond milk...). Add any desired sweetener and flavoring (both optional). Shake or stir the mixture until it is well combined. Pop in a Koffie Straw and enjoy!(Kitchen Tip: make your Iced Latte in a mason jar so you can give it a good shake to mix the ingredients and create a delicious froth on top)