I will be honest and say – until recently, I had never been a fan of coffee. I just didn’t understand what everyone liked about it. However, I am always open to trying new things so every now and then I would try coffee in one form or another but it still never seemed to hit the spot.
But then, I discovered cold brew coffee! This introduction was life-changing.
What Is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold-brewed coffee is so simple – sort of a set it and go. I use this cold brew carafe and put 1/2 cup of coffee grounds in the filter. Fill the carafe with water, let it sit overnight and in the morning I remove the filter and throw out the grains. Yum! I always have two filters going to have plenty of variety. Plus, my daughter tends to drink it and not let me know it is time to make more… Teens…!
Benefits Of Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee is a relatively new innovation in the coffee world. It offers a number of benefits that were previously not available to coffee drinkers. The main benefit of cold brew coffee is the elimination of the acidity and oils found in other types of coffee brew. By eliminating these acids and oils, cold brew presents an elevated concentration of flavonoids and other polyphenols, along with the rich roast flavor normally associated with full-bodied, bold blends of coffee. While these benefits of cold brew coffee are most commonly found in gourmet coffee shops, the benefits of this type of coffee can now be enjoyed at home for one quarter or less per cup.
When compared to other coffee beverages, cold brew coffee has fewer calories because it contains less sugar, less caffeine, and no milk solids. Although it has fewer calories than many other forms of coffee, it does contain more antioxidants and a higher concentration of flavonoids than many caffeinated beverages. This is due to the fact that the chemical structure of coffee brewed using cold water is substantially different.
With most caffeinated beverages, the caffeine content is released gradually over time. Caffeine is released as a stimulant, increasing alertness and helping to keep people awake. However, it also causes sleepiness, loss of appetite, irritability, and can create headaches. On the other hand, when coffee is cold brewed, the caffeine content is released slowly over time, allowing individuals who do not typically have a strong coffee taste to appreciate the full flavor. This provides many people with a variety of caffeine levels that can be enjoyed by anyone. In fact, there are even coffee blends that are “coffee-less” – meaning there are no caffeine elements in the blend at all.
Another benefit of cold brew coffee drinkers can appreciate is that they generally enjoy the full flavor of the beverage, including the rich taste found in biscotti and French coffee. Although coffee drinkers can find delicious tasting flavors in decaf blends, they do not get the full kick of the original robust flavors found in many decaf offerings.
Some advocates of cold brewing coffee suggest that drinking only cold brew coffee allows individuals to appreciate the full flavor of each cup, but this is not necessarily the case. Indeed, many people report a fuller experience after drinking only one cup of Joe.
Fire Department Coffee
Fire Dept. Coffee is a veteran-owned business and certified by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), we’re dedicated to providing great-tasting coffee to people everywhere. Every order is freshly roasted in Rockford, Illinois, by a dedicated team of firefighters, first responders, and coffee connoisseurs.
Inspired by the vital role that coffee plays in helping firefighters stay alert and energized through long shifts, Fire Dept. Coffee was founded in 2016. Founder and CEO Luke Schneider is a full-time firefighter/paramedic and a U.S. Navy veteran who teamed up with firefighter/paramedic Jason Patton who is also a full-time firefighter and VP for Fire Department Coffee.
Fire Department Coffee is run by active and retired firefighters, including our operations officer and chief coffee roaster.
Along with providing a growing selection of incredible coffee — including its signature spirit-infused roasts — Fire Dept. Coffee also supports heroes in need through the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation. Ten percent of net proceeds are donated to help provide essential resources and assistance to first responders who have been injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.
All About The Coffee
First, you can choose from so many different really amazing flavors but they also even have a subscription option for Fire Department Coffee. Yeah, I think that is going to be on my Christmas list for sure. They even have a spirit-infused coffee club subscription.
They have so many amazing flavors to choose from:
- Donut Shop Coffee
- Dark Roast Coffee
- Medium Roast Coffee
- Light Roast Coffee
- Single Origin Coffee
- Coffee Pods
I am all about the Donut Shop Coffee flavors and the light roast coffee! Check out all of these Donut Shop Flavors:
- Donut Shop
- Vanilla Sprinkle Donut
- Blueberry Cake Donut
- Red Velvet Donut
- Double Chocolate Donut
Wow! Did this coffee exceed my expectations! Add a little Snickers creamer to the Vanilla Sprinkle Donut and enjoy! The hint of flavoring on top of the cold brew deep flavor was amazing.
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