Iced Hemp Seed Coffee

Iced Hemp Seed Coffee - shutterstock_223655362Hemp seeds don’t contain caffeine, but there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate them into your iced coffee. By grinding up hemp seeds and mixing them into your coffee grinds, you can create a nutty-flavored wake-me-up drink filled with additional natural benefits.

While most people prefer to have a hot cup of coffee in the morning, sometimes the warmer afternoon calls for a cooler option. But, unlike the common misconception, making your own iced coffee doesn’t simply entail brewing coffee with hot water and then pouring it over ice. This will often cause the iced coffee to be too bitter once it comes time to serve. Instead, you want to go through the extra effort of cold-brewing your coffee.

You’ll need a relatively bigger plastic food storage container. First, pour an entire pound of ground coffee into the container. Add in a half a cup of ground hemp seeds. Grind up the seeds using a food processor. Pour in two gallons of cold water and stir the mixture so that all of the coffee grind mix is wet. Cover the container and set it aside to wait for eight hours. You can let the coffee steep for longer if you prefer your coffee to be stronger.

When you’re ready, grab another container or the pitcher you’ll be using to store the hemp seed coffee. Place a fine mesh-strainer at the container’s top and then position either a couple layers of cheesecloth or paper towels into the strainer to catch the smaller coffee grinds. Slowly pour the mixture through the strainer. Prepare for it to take at least ten minutes, as it’ll take a little bit for the liquid to pass through the cheesecloth and strainer. Use the back of a spoon to push the remaining liquid through the strainer. In the new container, you should have freshly cold-brewed hemp seed coffee.

Stick the container in the fridge until you’re ready for serving. The hemp seed coffee should last a couple days if kept sealed and in the fridge. When it’s time to enjoy your drink, pour the hemp seed coffee over a glass of ice.

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