Thursday, May 26, 2011


coffee futures have doubled in the past year
it is a commodity traded like gold & silver
according to cnn news this morning
all the coffee establishments will be raising prices... again

this may push the few hold outs to give it up
but not everyone
some refuse to let much affect their habits
until it comes to bad health that interferes with everyday life

(note* i hold a neutral stand on coffee consumption)

my mom has had to give up her morning cup of java.
this has left her a very miserable girl.
her gerd is the reason- the acid mostly,
tho the caffeine is probably not too good for her either at this point.
yet, her happiness is important to me.

sooo i did a little research for her,
since i know there is a low acid coffee available
in europe, as readily as decaf is available here in the usa.
internet is an option...but on amazon it is $20 per little teeny can!!!$$$!!!
since then i have found some for $13.50 (unknown weight, unknown shipping)
on to the research....

you can make your own low acid coffee

reduce up to 67% of the acid
in the coffee you already use

using either regular or decaf or otherwise
the trick to it is to not put heat to it when you make it.
i looked at special cold process coffee makers
some of the leading manufacturers are companies such as
the Toddy coffee maker, the Hourglass cold coffee system and the Ronco coffee maker.
(also $$$$, and who needs more stuff on the counter or in already crowded cabinets?)
not me.

how hard could it be to make your own from scratch?
come to find out, not hard at all.

here are some the recipes & processes:


Low acid coffee

Low acid coffee is made by cold brewing, and can be safely consumed by sufferers of acid reflux or gastrointestinal problems caused by drinking heat brewed coffee. Preparing low acid coffee in this way reduces up to 67% of the acid, and doesn't affect the taste or aroma. If you suffer from acid reflux or gastrointestinal problems, low acid coffee might be the answer to your lack of caffeine nightmares.

This recipe yields a low acid coffee concentrate via cold brewing, which is combined with milk to create iced or hot coffee whenever you like. The low acid coffee concentrate can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks before discarding.


things you'll need:

  • Coffee grounds, any type
  • Stainless steel bowl
  • Medium sieve
  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Milk
  • Sugar (optional)

1.Place one cup of grounds into a stainless steel bowl. Add ¼ cup water and stir          gently until all the grounds are moist.

    • 2   Add an additional 1 ¾ cups water to the bowl, and do not stir. Try to disturb the grounds as little as possible.
    • 3   Cover the bowl with a lid, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil, and allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours without being disturbed
    • 4   Strain the low acid coffee concentrate through a medium sieve, and then strain a second time through a fine mesh sieve. Your low acid coffee is now ready to be prepared - either hot or iced.
    • 5   For iced low acid coffee, fill a glass with ice cubes and add ¼ cup of the low acid coffee concentrate. Add ¾ cup milk and stir gently. Sweeten with sugar, if desired.
    • 6   For hot low acid coffee, warm ¾ cup milk in the microwave, or over the stove top, being careful not to scald it. Pour into a coffee mug and add ¼ cup of the low acid coffee concentrate. Stir gently, and sweeten with sugar, if desired.
another site:

How to Make Cold-brewed Coffee Concentrate

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Coffee Concentrate - the secret to great iced coffee

Cold-brewed coffee concentrate is the alternative to making coffee with hot water. Cold brewing takes longer but it removes the acid taste from coffee. You must taste it to believe it!



Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb of coffee
  • One large stainless steel cooking pot
  • One large container - preferably another pot
  • One medium strainer
  • One small strainer
  • Container for coffee (an old mayonnaise jar will do)
  • Water
  • Wooden spoon
    • 1
      Coffee with chicory is a Southern tradition.
      Get yourself 1 lb of coffee. To kick it up a notch and make it "southern style," use coffee with chicory.
    • 2
      Coffee in the pot, ready to be cold brewed.
      Put 1lb of coffee in a stainless steel cooking pot and wet it with two cup of cold water. COLD WATER, not hot. Stir the coffee in the water until it's all good and wet. Then add another 8 cups of cold water. Cover the pot.
    • 3
      Put the pot someplace where it won't be disturbed. You can leave it on your stove, if you won't be using your stove or oven for the next 24 hours. Or, put it on your back porch, kitchen counter, a table, anyplace where it can sit in peace.
    • 4
      Coffee grounds are good for flowers.
      The next day, if you can, take the pot outside to strain it. This is messy. If you have a backyard, go out there - and this way you can dump the coffee grounds right on your garden.
    • 5
      The object here it to put the coffee water through the medium strainer or sieve. So, get yourself another large container, like a pot, and dump the water through the strainer and into the new pot. Take the strainer with the coffee grounds and tap it a little - get out all the water you can. Then dump the grounds. If you're outside, flowers and vegetables love these grounds.
    • 6
      Rinse out the first pot - you can do this with a hose if you're outside. Shake out excess water.
    • 7
      Next, grab your smaller strainer. Dump the coffee water through the strainer back into the original pot. Congratulations! You now have coffee concentrate.
    • 8
      Transfer the concentrate into a container you can put in your fridge. Nothin' fancy - an old jar will do, but it should have a lid whatever it is, so the coffee stays fresh.
    • 9
      A less labor-intensive method of cold brewing.
      If all this straining and sorting of grounds is too much for you, you can buy a cold-brewed set-up. 
    • 10
      In a glass, put some ice and pour in an 1-1 ½ inches of the coffee concentrate and top off with milk. Alter the coffee-to-milk ratio according to your taste.
    • 11

pretty simple & straight forward, don't you think?
some grounds, some water, some time, strain & store/serve.
so if you 'need' your coffee fix, you may want to try this way and save your body a little grief.
stay happy and healthy, and try not to go broke doing that!


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