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Cold Brew Coffee with Cinnamon and Cacao

This post is going to walk you through how to make a cold brew coffee with cinnamon and cacao. And then, it will show you how to turn that easy and delicious cold-brewed coffee into the best cold brew latte you’re taste buds ever experienced. Like… you might never ever have to order a gluten-free drink from Starbucks again…

I’m making bold promises but seriously, this is recipe will provide you with an easy-to-make yet indulgent cup of coffee.

And because I am a dietitian, if you’re interested, we’ll also touch on the benefits of cacao in your drinks, the benefits of cold brew coffee, and more.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

Cold Brew Coffee with Cinnamon and Cacao - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

The What and How of Cold Brew Coffee

First things first, what is cold brew? Cold brew coffee, not to be confused with iced coffee, is coffee that has been brewed without hot water.

Basically, it allows you to make coffee without a coffee machine. Though a french press is arguably helpful when it comes to filtering out the grounds of the brewed coffee…

Some important things to note about this way of preparing coffee are:

  1. You want to use medium to coarse ground coffee for the best outcome. Though you can get away with regular ground coffee it just might add extra sediment to the final product.
  2. Use distilled water if you identify as a coffee snob. It boosts the flavor ever so slightly but if you appreciate coffee, you’ll appreciate taking this extra step.
  3. Using fresh ground coffee arguably makes for a better brew but again, I think you’d only notice if you’re a self-identified coffee snob.
  4. Your best option for filtering the coffee is a french press. Though I’ve used pour-over coffee drippers with a lot of impatience and cursing.

The Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee

So now that we’ve basically learned that cold brew coffee is an easy no heat way of making coffee, why would we want to drink it?

Well first, this type of coffee is suggested to be lower in acidity and thus, easier on the stomach. If regularly brewed coffee tends to be a trigger, perhaps this method of preparation could be an option.

Because cold brew is lower in acidity, a different more enjoyable flavor profile is unlocked. And in some cases, this new flavor profile requires less cream and sugar that would otherwise make regular coffee more tolerable to some.

This Cinnamon Cacao Cold Brew recipe not only offers antioxidants from the coffee beans but also benefits from the cacao and cinnamon…

Cold Brew Cinnamon Cacao Latte - Literally the best gluten-free and lactose-free latte you will ever have - Tayler Silfverduk, RD

Cinnamon + Cacao + Cacao; Optimal Energy Unlocked

As mentioned above, this cold brewed cinnamon cacao coffee offers benefits beyond just the cold brewing process of the coffee.

Because in this recipe we are brewing cinnamon and cacao with the coffee beans, we are adding some increased benefits.

First, cacao has what’s known as theobromine. It’s a gentle source of energy that has many other health benefits too. This helps reduce the energy crash you might give after a cup of coffee as the theobromine can help carry you with energy past the caffeine.

Second, the cinnamon adds more antioxidants and a sweetness to coffee that is unmatched.

Between the cinnamon, the coffee, and the cacao, this recipe will never have you leaving your kitchen for a cup of coffee again.

Cinnamon Cacao Cold Brew Coffee

How to make cold brew coffee naturally flavore with cinnamon and cacao PLUS how to turn this into a delicious Cinnamon Cacao Ice Cold Coffee Latte.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 d
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Keyword: Cinnamon Cacao Cold Brew Coffee, Cinnamon Cacao Cold Brew Latte, Cold Brew Coffee with Cinnamon and Cacao
Servings: 4 cups of coffee

Equipment

  • Coffee Grinder
  • French Press (you life with be hard without it)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarse ground coffee (your best bet is to grin coffee beans yourself)
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon chips (or 2 tbsp ground cinnamon)

Instructions

Make the Cold Cinnamon Cacao Brew Coffee

  • In a coffee grinder, pulse together the coarse ground coffee, cacao nibs, and cinnamon chips/ground cinnamon
  • Once well combined, pour the mixture into large jar (preferably one that holds 4 cups of water or more)
  • Add in 4 cups of water and seal the jar
  • Let the water, coffee, cinnamon and cacao mixture sit on the counter for about 24 hours (shaking it when you remember)
  • Filter the coffee from the ground using a french press and enjoy!

Turn it into a Cinnamon Cacao Cold Brew Latte

  • Add 1 cup of the cold brew cacao cinnamon coffee with 2 tbsp vanilla coffee creamer and enjoy!
  • Alternatively, combine 1/2 cup of the cold coffee with 1/2 cup milk and sweeten to taste!

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