Saturday, November 2, 2013

Ingredient Of The Week {TJ's Coffee Concentrate}

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?