For coffee-lovers, there’s probably nothing more comforting than a cup of coffee before the workday starts. Or the urge for caffeine could suddenly hit in the middle of the day after your post-lunch food coma. Usually, we’re surrounded by our favourite cafes and coffee joints; but as most are working from home these days, getting our daily fix might prove slightly more challenging.
These circuit-breaker times call for a change of habits and new perspectives, and it’s also a great time to learn new skills and pick up new hobbies. So why not try making your own cold brew coffee at home?
Making your own cold brew coffee
Here’s what you’ll need:
A large French press or mason glass jar
Medium to medium dark roasted coffee (whole beans or pre-ground)
Coffee grinder (if you’re using whole beans)
Filtered water or mineral water (room temperature or cold)
Filter paper or cheesecloth
Holding vessel for your brew after it’s filtered
Most of these items can be found on Bettr Coffee Co’s website, their retail and experiences arm. You can also find a list of their offerings here. Good news for DBS/POSB cardmembers, you can enjoy up to 15% off online purchases from Bettr Coffee Co from now till 31 Dec 2020. Find out more here.
Alternatively, you can also try sourcing for these items on your favourite e-commerce or specialty coffee sites.
1. Determine your brew recipe. (Bettr Barista recommends anything from a coffee to water ratio of 1:8 to 1:10) If you like a stronger coffee strength, use 1:8. The recipe is versatile, you can experiment with less water if you like.
2. Weigh out 80g of coffee beans. (Here, we will use a brew ratio of 1:8)
3. Grind coffee using a coarse grind setting. The grind size should resemble a coarse cornmeal.
4. Place ground coffee in a French press or Mason jar.
5. Weigh 640g of filtered or mineral water.
6. Pour water into the French press or Mason jar.
7. If you’re using a French press, put the lid on, plunge the filter and let it steep in the refrigerator for 12 - 16 hours. If you’re using a Mason jar, put the lid on and let it steep in the refrigerator for the same amount of time.
8. When the steep time is over, filter the coffee through a cheesecloth or filter paper. Pro tip: Do not pour too much at one time as the fines – the smallest particles created when you grind coffee – will not let the brew pass through the filter easily.
9. Voila! Cold brew is ready when the filtering is complete.
10. Serve on ice or with a dash of cold milk, ideally without any sweetener. Enjoy!
P.S. If these steps seem too complicated for you, you can order already made cold brew from Bettr Barista’s online store.
Using coffee grounds to make a DIY face scrub
After you master the art of brewing your own coffee and making your own cold brew, turn your used coffee grounds into a face scrub for yourself. Say hello to your new self-care routine!
What you’ll need for ~1/2 cup of face scrub:
2 tbsp coffee grounds (Although fresh grounds are best, but dry used grounds will work too)
Pro tip: Choose finer grounds, as the coarse ones can be too harsh for sensitive or delicate skin.
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp molasses (If you don’t have molasses, you can use agave syrup or coconut oil)
1.5 tbsp soy milk (Soy milk is high in vitamin E; don’t use dairy milk which has inflammatory agents and may trigger an allergic reaction)
1 tsp aloe vera gel
1. Mix coffee grounds and cocoa powder together
2. Add the molasses, aloe vera gel, and soy milk
3. Mix until well combined and the consistency is that of waffle batter
4. Gently rub the mixture over your face with a brush – avoid areas around the eyes. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. You will feel the mask begin to tighten after around 8 minutes.
5. Rinse thoroughly.
All these steps can be done at home and can also prove great fun for the whole family!
Reducing food waste: Recycling coffee grounds
There are also other ways to recycle coffee grounds, thereby reducing food waste. In fact, DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant Awardee Eco-Greenergy’s Zero Grounds Coffee Campaign partners with coffee shops and corporations to upcycle used coffee grounds into products like soap and fertiliser.
DBS Sparks Season 2 Episode 3 is inspired by the Eco-Greenergy story.