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Here Is An Easy Way To Make Delicious Iced Coffee For The Summer

Here Is An Easy Way To Make Delicious Iced Coffee For The Summer

There’s a lot to like about summer. Vacations, time off work, and the return of mindless (yet insanely addicting) reality TV shows like Big Brother. But if there is one thing about summer that is a bit of a drag, it’s that the heat makes it just a bit more difficult to enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee. That steaming cup that got you through the day during the fall, winter, and spring now only serves to overheat you during the, at times, excruciatingly hot summer months. So what can you do to solve this problem? Sure, you can always go out and buy iced coffee…but that’s not very economical. Instead, you should make it yourself. If you want to know a cheap and easy way to provide yourself with a continuous refreshing supply of ice cold java, read on!

What You Will Need

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    • 1 French Press
    • 1 Coffee Grinder
    • 6 Tablespoons Of Whole Bean Coffee
    • Ice
    • Milk or Half And Half

    If you don’t own a grinder or french press, you can easily get both for a combined cost of under $35. The secret to this iced coffee recipe is that it is cold-brewed, meaning it’s not just hot coffee that you plop a few ice cubes into. I personally don’t suggest that method because it only serves to water down your brew, plus, the end result tastes nothing like the kind of iced coffee you would get at an establishment like Starbucks.

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    Not only is this coffee brewed cold (more on that below), but it is brewed overnight. This gives the beverage that strong flavor and intense aroma that you’ve come to expect from your iced coffees. If this sounds like a daunting prospect, don’t worry. It really isn’t any more difficult to brew than your standard drip coffee!

    Instructions

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      1. Using your coffee grinder, grind your beans.

      When using a french press, it’s important to grind your beans to the right consistency. Usually, 3-4 seconds is enough when using a manual button-press grinder. If you have a fancy grinder with settings you can choose from, any option above “fine” should work. The reason why you don’t want fine grounds in a french press is because they don’t work as well with the metal mesh filters in them, leading to a suboptimal brew.

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      2. Place the beans in your french press, and pour cold water over them.

      It doesn’t have to be ice cold water, just put your tap to the coldest setting and use that. This recipe makes around 1 liter of iced coffee, which is about the amount of liquid that a standard french press will hold.

      3. Mix the beans and water, and close the french press.

      Using a spoon (preferably a small wooden one), mix the beans and water for about 5 seconds. Make sure there aren’t too many clumps. Then, put the lid of the french press on so that it is completely sealed.

      4. Put the french press in your refrigerator.

      Find some room in your fridge, and put the french press in. It might be a bit hard to find room since most french presses are so tall, especially with their plungers extended. Usually I’m able to make room by moving things around.

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      5. Steep overnight

      Usually, steeping your grounds for around 12 hours is optimal, but you can go longer if you want a stronger brew.

      6. Use your french press’ plunger to separate the liquid from the grounds.

      Remove your french press from the fridge. Place it on the counter, and carefully press down on its plunger. This will separate the grounds from the iced coffee, leaving you with a smooth, caramel colored liquid.

      7. Enjoy!

      You can drink your iced coffee in a number of ways. Some like it black. Some like it black, but over ice. I like mine over ice and with a bit of half and half added. This gives your beverage that trademark coffee shop taste that would normally cost you a pretty penny were you to pay for it on a daily basis. If you want to give your iced coffee a dessert-y twist, feel free to add a bit of sugar.

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      That’s really all there is to it. Using this method, you can save yourself loads of cash, and best of all it’s extremely easy to do. One french press’ worth of iced coffee should last you an entire day, if not more (additionally, you can keep it in your fridge and it will maintain its flavor for several days).

      With this simple recipe, coffee lovers can continue enjoying their favorite beverage even during the hot summer months. Please try this out, and let me know how it worked for you in the comments below!

      Featured photo credit: Sightglass Iced/Jeremy Brooks via flic.kr

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      Last Updated on July 8, 2020

      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

      1. Understand Yourself Better

      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

      3. Become Aware of What Matters

      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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      4. Boost Creativity

      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

      6. Process Life Experiences

      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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      7. Stress Relief

      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

      8. Provide Direction

      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

      9. Solve Problems

      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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      10. Find Relief From Fighting

      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

      11. Find Meaning in Life

      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

      14. Let the Past Go

      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

      15. Allow Freedom

      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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      16. Enhance Your Career

      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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