Cold Brew Coffee

Hey everyone! I recently received an Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag from Tomoson.com to try out and share what I thought with all of you. All opinions on this product are my own. While I was trying to decide what to use it for first Alabama decided it was done with fall and has scheduled a week of temps in the high 80s. That pretty much means no more lazy afternoons with sweaters and pumpkin flavored coffee. It means ICED coffee! I’ve made cold brew coffee so many times and the hardest part has always been the straining. I’ve tried coffee filters, strainers and paper towels, and cheese cloth. The cheese cloth was the best option until this bag came into my life. It couldn’t have made the process any easier!

Cold brew coffee

 

First, get a large container with lid. It should hold about 2qts of water. Grab your bag of ground dark roast coffee and dump it in and then add about 10ish cups of water. Stir it up, pop the lid on, and let it sit for about 12 hours. I did this in the afternoon and let it sit over night so it definitely brewed longer than 12 hours.

cold brew coffee

 

After your coffee has plenty of time to sit all locked up in the container it’s time to strain it all out. This is where the bag comes in. Plop that bad boy in a large pitcher. This one is 1 gallon. And ignore the Sweet Tea part. This is ALL COFFEE.

nut milk bag

 

Next, dump your coffee into the bag. Preferably not while trying to take a picture. I spilled a bit…

cold brew coffee

cold brew coffee

 

Now, lift out your bag, put down your camera, and wring out the bag as well as you can to get all the liquid out.

cold brew coffee

 

After this step I dumped the coffee grounds in the trash, flipped the bag inside out and rinsed it well. Once it was rinsed I flipped it right again and put it in a smaller pitcher and poured it all through one more time. When you’re totally done straining rinse the bag out well and let it dry.

This recipe made enough to fill a 2 quart pitcher. But please note…this is very concentrated! Perfect for me since I fill my glass with ice, half coffee, and half milk (and some stevia). If you just want the iced coffee without milk or any other girly additives then you might want to dilute it down with some cold water.

I made some for T with just ice and this coffee. He made the omg it’s too strong the ice needs to melt face. I obviously forgot the point of this recipe was so *I* could add all my goodness for *me*. Oops.

cold brew coffee

 

My glass was much better. ICE, half milk, have coffee concentrate, 2 packs stevia. BOOM. You could add a tiny bit of flavored syrups too if you want to get crazy

best iced coffee

 

So there you have it! Cold brew coffee using the Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag. You can buy it HERE on Amazon and it’s super cheap. So worth it.

coffee concentrate

**I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Mug Swap Update – Buddy Time!

Hey everyone! Did you sign up for this year’s GMC Mug Swap?

I sure hope you did because sign ups are now closed. And guess what else…everyone has a buddy!

GMC Mug swap

 

If you did sign up check your email! I’ve sent out all the info. You should get your buddy’s mailing address/email address and the list of questions answered with info about them. Use the answers if you want to find something personal for your swap buddy or just go out and find something pretty. Everyone likes pretty things!

If anything comes up and for some reason you can not send out your mug please let me know ASAP so I can make other arrangements. I want to make sure everyone gets their mug this year.

I would love it if y’all could get your mugs sent out by September 30. That gives you two weeks to shop and hit the post office…or go online and order a mug for your buddy.

Once you DO get your mug (which everyone will get one, yes??) please take a picture and blog about it or Instagram it or Tweet it or Facebook it…just please tag me (@girlmeetscamera) so I can see what everyone got! Also, use the hashtag #GMCmugswap14 to keep everyone in the loop and show off our stuff!

I’m really excited to see what y’all get!

 

 

First Ever Girl Meets Camera Mug Swap!

** As of 09-11-13  Mug Swap sign ups are closed! I’ll be emailing y’all soon with your buddy’s info so you can get to shopping! Thanks 😀 **

Hey everyone! I’ve been wanting to participate in a mug swap for a while now. I hoard collect coffee cups/mugs. I have more than I have room for here and even more in storage. Fun ones, matching ones, seasonal ones…it’s a long list. Of course the idea of a mug swap sounds so awesome. September means back to school and early wake ups. Perfect time to remember all the reasons we love coffee. So let’s do it!

 

Mug Swap 2013

 

 

How It Works:

It’s pretty easy…sign up to swap, get matched with someone else, send out a mug, receive one for yourself! Easy peasy. I want this to be a fun experience so I need everyone to play along!

1. Please please PLEASE promise to send out a mug if you sign up to swap. It’s no fun to send out a mug and not get anything in return. If you can’t do this, don’t sign up.

2. To sign up, fill out the questions below and email then to me along with your mailing address (girlmeetscam(at)gmail.com) by September 11.

3. You will be matched with a swap buddy and informed by September 14.

4. Go shopping! You can try to find something personal to your swap buddy, local to where you live, or just something off the wall fun. It’s up to you!

5. Send out your mug. I’d love it if you all could have your mugs in the mail by the following weekend (Sept. 21) so hopefully mugs get to their new home around the 1st of October. If you are running late for whatever reason let me know so I can let you’re buddy know they do have one coming!

6. When you receive your mug please take a picture! Whether you blog about it, tweet it, instagram it, or just email it…whatevs. Please link me to it. I’d love to write a final post with photos of everyone’s new mugs! You can tag your posts #GMCmugswap

 

Extras:

Not required to participate but the more the merrier! Please share this post! Grab the button and blog about the swap or add it to your sidebar. Let your friends know about it, tell your family, pimp it out on the interwebs. I’d love to have as many swappers as we can get!

 

Questions:

Please answer these questions in your email to sign up. Your answers will be forwarded on to your swap buddy.

1. Favorite colors:

2. Hobbies:

3. Things that make you happy:

4. Profession:

5. Coffee or Tea:

 

I’m excited you guys! Can’t wait to see what all gets swapped 🙂

 

First Ever Girl Meets Camera Mug Swap!

** As of 09-11-13  Mug Swap sign ups are closed! I’ll be emailing y’all soon with your buddy’s info so you can get to shopping! Thanks 😀 **

Hey everyone! I’ve been wanting to participate in a mug swap for a while now. I hoard collect coffee cups/mugs. I have more than I have room for here and even more in storage. Fun ones, matching ones, seasonal ones…it’s a long list. Of course the idea of a mug swap sounds so awesome. September means back to school and early wake ups. Perfect time to remember all the reasons we love coffee. So let’s do it!

 

Mug Swap 2013

 

 

How It Works:

It’s pretty easy…sign up to swap, get matched with someone else, send out a mug, receive one for yourself! Easy peasy. I want this to be a fun experience so I need everyone to play along!

1. Please please PLEASE promise to send out a mug if you sign up to swap. It’s no fun to send out a mug and not get anything in return. If you can’t do this, don’t sign up.

2. To sign up, fill out the questions below and email then to me along with your mailing address (girlmeetscam(at)gmail.com) by September 11.

3. You will be matched with a swap buddy and informed by September 14.

4. Go shopping! You can try to find something personal to your swap buddy, local to where you live, or just something off the wall fun. It’s up to you!

5. Send out your mug. I’d love it if you all could have your mugs in the mail by the following weekend (Sept. 21) so hopefully mugs get to their new home around the 1st of October. If you are running late for whatever reason let me know so I can let you’re buddy know they do have one coming!

6. When you receive your mug please take a picture! Whether you blog about it, tweet it, instagram it, or just email it…whatevs. Please link me to it. I’d love to write a final post with photos of everyone’s new mugs! You can tag your posts #GMCmugswap

 

Extras:

Not required to participate but the more the merrier! Please share this post! Grab the button and blog about the swap or add it to your sidebar. Let your friends know about it, tell your family, pimp it out on the interwebs. I’d love to have as many swappers as we can get!

 

Questions:

Please answer these questions in your email to sign up. Your answers will be forwarded on to your swap buddy.

1. Favorite colors:

2. Hobbies:

3. Things that make you happy:

4. Profession:

5. Coffee or Tea:

 

I’m excited you guys! Can’t wait to see what all gets swapped 🙂

 

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