How I Made My (Easy) Cold Brew Coffee

I am an avid coffee drinker since I was in the fourth grade. But I haven’t actually cared much about my coffee until I was in college when I learned about the glorious taste of brewed coffee. LOL Kidding aside, I have been drinking coffee for as long as I can remember, and though I am not an expert, I can be very keen on how my coffee taste like.

Over the years, I have also tried different types of instant coffees as well as various blends and roasts. Although most of the time I stick with what McDonald’s or 7/11 have to offer, cause my poor ass can’t always afford coffee beans that are ground to perfection. But mainly also because my mom took my coffee maker away because she thought I have a (coffee) drinking problem on top of my actual (slight) drinking problem. LOL

I am not proud of it, but over the last five or six years, coffee wasn’t the only beverage I crave for on the daily. And although I am well past that phase of my life now, I still haven’t gotten over drinking coffee. Which brings us to the cold brew coffee I made recently.

But first, what is cold brew coffee, exactly?

It’s nothing special really. It’s just cold coffee, basically. Similar to how one would prepare a regular cup of joe, making cold brew is just the same but has a slight difference in terms of temperature and steeping time.

Cold brew is for people, who, like me, enjoy their coffee cold or over ice, and since cold brew is made from cold water, its taste is not as strong as a regular hot cup of coffee would. Even when steeped for 24 hours.

So, without further ado here is how I made my cold brew coffee as seen on my Instagram and Facebook post:

Ingredients:

  • Coarse ground coffee beans
  • Water
  • Love and tons of patience

Instructions:

1. Prepare your ingredients. Grind your coffee beans.

2. Put the coarse ground coffee beans in a container, and add half a cup of hot water. Stir. Then let it sit for about 4-5 minutes.

3. Fill the container with water, then stir it well.

4. Put the lid on and pop it in the fridge for about 12 to 24 hours.

There you have it. People usually start drinking it after 12 hours for a milder brew, but I got mine out after 24 hours which made the coffee taste a little stronger, which I love. I usually put cream or milk on my coffee, sometimes a little sugar, too. But I can drink it as it is and still enjoy it. Haha.

It’s actually so easy to do at home. This isn’t professionally made, but it’s just as delicious. It’s actually better than pouring hot coffee on ice, in my opinion. LOL

Kayo, anong bet ninyong timpla ng kape?

My First Fiesta in Years

When I was much younger back in the late ’90s and early 2000s, I used to look forward to the town fiesta where my grandparents lived. I remember the games that we would play outside on the streets such as basag palayok (is that even right? lol) pasabit, and the paagaw. HAHA! I am so bad at remembering the names of the games, but you probably know what I am talking about. It was so much fun that I am finding it hard to believe that I actually experienced those things.

It’s weird to me because when I started college I was repulsed by the idea of a “fiesta”. I have no idea why, but for some reason, I just eventually thought I had outgrown it or perhaps I thought it sounded too corny to me back then given the fact that I have just moved from the heart of Metro Manila to the more rural Rizal.

But I guess my dislike for fiestas actually grew when I started working as fiesta’s mean that there will be very limited public transportation which means I’d have to walk a few kilometers in hopes of getting a ride home. (Insert memories of walking from Ortigas Center to Tiendesitas every May 1st since 2013). As you can see, fiestas became more traumatic for me over the years.

However, last December I witnessed my first fiesta in years and I was surprisingly amused. It may have been the sea of tiangge that flooded the road or the blinding lights of the SumBingTik decorations. (a portmanteau or word-blending of suman, bibingka, and latik, which are the town’s native delicacies).

It might even be the repetitive recording of the History of Cainta that played for hours outside the school next door. The parade of local politicians in superhero costumes on their laughworthy floats. Whatever it might have been, I guess it’s safe to say that I enjoyed my first fiesta in years. It was all new to me so my husband and I did not prepare anything for it, in fact, we went to watch a Counter-Strike Tournament all afternoon, but we got home in time for the parade that evening. Maybe this year, I’ll consider preparing for the town’s fiesta.

Sa inyo ba, tuwing kailan ang fiesta at ano usually hinahanda ninyo? ^_^

Stuff Fresh From Korea

I’m glad that I am now able to write something here again. I’m well aware that I haven’t been so active throughout the month of August and that’s because I’ve been very preoccupied with so many things after the wedding.

Some of it became overwhelming so I took a break from blogging for a few weeks. I couldn’t seem to get my thoughts organized, so much have happened and there are just so many things that I want to write about. Because of that, I’ll just write them all now and schedule them for later.

Stay tuned because it’s my birthday month and I might collaborate with my fellow bloggers for another giveaway. (wink)

That being said, I’ll start the blog post scheduling with a live one.
So, recently Tim and I opened an online English tutorial service website for my former Spanish and Korean students. We bought the domain name last month and our first student recently visited the Philippines and personally enrolled to our online tutoring school. She insisted that I meet her and her husband last Sunday, September 2nd at Hyatt Hotel in City of Dreams.

When we got there, she and her husband gave us a huge paper bag that contains the following:

All that plus a Samsung power bank, more ramyeon (I gave some to my in law’s) and her tuition for this month.

I know it’s nothing out of the ordinary and does not seem much, but I really want to write about it because it was just so thoughtful of my student to give Tim and I some late wedding presents. It wasn’t the first time I received presents from my students abroad, but meeting a foreign student in person is really special. We bonded and talked over a cup of coffee before bidding each other goodbye.

I cannot express in words how thankful I am to be blessed with such a thoughtful, straight-forward, and kind student. Well, that is all for this post, I’ll write the other ones later.

What about you? What was the best present you’ve ever received? ^_^