Disclaimer: I do not profess to be a coffee connoisseur. I'm the kind of person who likes a little coffee with their sugar/milk.
The winner of "Ingredient of the Week" is.... (drumroll, please)....Trader Joe's Cold-Brewed Coffee Concentrate! Say that 3 times fast. Need help? Drink some of this caffeine elixir pronto.
I don't drink coffee everyday but do need the pick-me-up from time to time. I mean, I don't even own a coffee maker! What's awesome about this product is that it lasts forever. It keeps for up to 30 days in the fridge and I found it to be an excellent ingredient to have on hand and it's so easy to just pull out of the fridge and not have to brew a cup of coffee. It's also a steal at $7.99. I mean, I would have spent $7.99 going to Starbucks twice. Here are some of the delightful coffee treats I made with my coffee concentrate:
*Morning Mocha Smoothie: Soymilk or almond milk, frozen banana slices, cocoa powder, coffee concentrate. Um, yes. This was a breakfast of champions. Silky, chocolaty and with that hint of coffee. Additional perk--this breakfast smoothie really gave me a boost. I kept wondering why I was getting so much done in the mornings!
*Pumpkin Spice Latte: Soymilk or almond milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, coffee concentrate. Ah yes, the PSL. While I love me a good Starbucks treat, once I looked at the calorie count (yikes!) and the fact that the pumpkin spice base has dairy, I knew I needed to have a good home-made option. The coffee concentrate saved the day!
*Iced Vanilla Coffee: Soymilk or almond milk, coffee concentrate, vanilla bean paste, maple syrup. Mix it up and pour over ice. It's especially awesome when served in a mason jar. I have a mason jar obsession.
What are some of your favorite homemade coffee beverages? Any advice on a coffee maker for this individual who says she doesn't drink coffee but actually does?