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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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      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

      4. Feed Your Brain

      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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      6. Write it Down

      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

      7. Listen to Music

      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

      8. Visual Concepts

      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

      9. Teach Someone Else

      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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