Why I’m throwing out my Keurig…

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I love coffee but I’m throwing out my Keurig.  I jumped on the Keurig craze when they first came out and I think I’ve since gone through at least 3 of them…they certainly don’t last long, do they? I’ve come to realize that it’s expensive, very wasteful and I worry about just how healthy those little k-cups really are.  I mean, our hot water is filtering through those little plastic cups.  The coffee grinds are sitting in a paper filter that has to be glued to the little plastic cup somehow.  So we’ve got glue and plastic in our coffee and who knows what is growing inside that Keurig machine since you can really only clean the carafe part where you put in the water. 🙂

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I have a friend who loves her cold brew coffee maker and I never really even considered it as an option for me until recently when I really started looking at what might be in my morning cup of coffee coming out of my Keurig.  Here’s how the cold coffee brewing works: Instead of brewing coffee the traditional way with hot water, you let the grounds sit in water undisturbed for around 12 hours.  You  then filter the grounds from the liquid. You are left with a highly concentrated coffee that you will then add water to.

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When you add heat to coffee a chemical reaction occurs that brings out the acid and bitter taste. If you don’t heat the coffee, you won’t bring out it’s bitterness.  Cold brewed coffee is ideal for those with acid reflux or sensitive stomachs. It’s also less expensive and it’s the greenest coffee there is because there is no electricity used to brew it. I’m seeing comments about this being the a bold and super smooth coffee.  Cold brewed coffee can be served one cup at a time either hot or cold simply by adding hot or cold water or milk and you can decide how strong you want it.  Refrigerated cold brew coffee remains fresh for up to 14 days with out having that stale coffee taste.  To brew cold brewed coffee, you do so using a french press, Tody or try a simpler method found on Pinterest that doesn’t require any new appliances.

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What are your coffee thoughts? Do you cold brew your coffee? If so, I’d love to hear from you.  I will be giving this a try for the first time in a few days when my french press arrives.  I’m super excited to try a cup of coffee without the usual bitterness.  Please feel free to leave your comments below or email me at happycleanlife@gmail.com.


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