Perfect Cold Brew Coffee – Three Methods

You want a great cup, whether cold brew is your preferred drink of choice or you rotate to it during the hot summer months. Perfect cold brew coffee can be made at home! I purchased three different cold brew makers to review. The same coffee was used in all three makers, Oak Cliff Coffee Roaster’s Ronald Tunque, Peru. I used one cup coarse ground coffee and four cups of water in each brewer. They sat on my counter for twelve hours. Let’s get ready for a delicious caffeine rush!

These are the coffee makers & accessories I purchased:
Semko Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Bodum French Press
Coffee Sock Filter, 64oz Mason Jar, and Mason Jar Lid w/handle

The Semko is made from borosilicate glass, which makes this carafe a bit stronger than some of the other similar types available. The filter is easily removable, double-fine mesh, and made from stainless steel. I love the airtight seal too! This maker yielded the sweetest of the coffee notes. No bitter taste was found from the front or back notes. After 12 hours, the color was still light amber, so I’d leave it to brew for longer next time to make a stronger cup.

Semko Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Semko Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Next up for review is the trusty Bodum French Press! I know that the french press is a more common kitchen item, so I really wanted to know the results of this test. The French Press yielded the cup with the most bitter taste. I’m not saying that the French Press can’t work, but it needs some tweaking and some sweet milk! The color of the coffee was the darkest, so I’d start by reducing the amount of beans. I’d aim for a 1/2 cup of coarse ground coffee and stick with the 4 cups of water. Reducing the brew time would help too.

The Coffee Sock in a 64oz mason jar was a new experience for me! I do like that the filter is reusable and made from organic cotton. It was crafted in Austin, TX, and I love supporting a company from my home state! The Coffee Sock yielded a delightfully smooth cup and was lightly sweet. The coffee color was a medium amber and I would increase the amount of coffee grounds to water ratio. I like that I can make a big batch with the 64oz mason jar, as there was enough space to double the amount of coffee yielded. Perfect for making and sharing with friends and family.

The Coffee Sock, 64oz Mason Jar, and Lid with Handle
The Coffee Sock, 64oz Mason Jar, and Lid with Handle

One thing for sure it that I’ll be drinking lots of cold brew coffee this summer! I enjoyed the Semko and the Coffee Sock the best. I will be adjusting brew time and coffee to water ratios for both makers. I’ll update here with those findings! I loved the sweetness of the roast from OCCR. It had notes of apples, pistachio, and brown sugar. Milk or sugar is optional with such a delicious roast!

Until next time, may your coffee be perfect and life just as sweet.
– Erin

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$25 and Under Toys to Keep the Kids Busy because Your Sanity Depends on It

They’ve seen my face for MONTHS ON END. No other people have been able to keep them occupied. I need the things, all the things, to keep them busy! I’ve compiled a list of indoor and outdoor items that you can find for $25 or less on amazon! Target age range for these items are ages 3-10. These can be shipped to your door rather QUICKLY. Hooray for sanity savers!

Summer Indoor and Outdoor Toys for Kids!
Summer Collection of Indoor & Outdoor Toys for Kids

Outdoor Fun – Water Play & More

Indoor Fun – Creative & Hands-On Toys

While the kids are busy, you’ll have some time for a much needed relaxation moment. Check out my post about Coffee Klatch Boards for a great treat to pair with your coffee time! Super easy to put together and the kids will be able to satisfy their snack cravings easily too, all while you enjoy drinking your coffee to the last drop.

Happy Days of Summer, Y’all!
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The girls enjoying all things summer with popsicles in the shade.
The girls enjoying all things summer with popsicles in the shade.

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Spring Season Gift Giving Finds!

Let’s gift some love to your girlfriends, family members, and the other awesome ladies in your life! Below is a spring time themed gift guide. Whether it’s a gift for their birthday, a celebration, Mother’s Day, or “just because”, you can find something to make their day a little brighter! I love supporting artisans, small businesses, and fair trade sources, so you won’t find these items in a local big box store. Don’t forget to plan for a bit of extra time on shipping for anything you want to customize!

Field of Daisies
Field of Daisies

Spring Time Gift Guide

Something to Wear
Lightweight & Light Pink Scarf – Perfect for spring outfits!
Ginkgo Print Viscose Scarf – Black and white print, easy to match.
Dandelion Silhouette T-Shirt – This is on my list to purchase for myself!
“God is Within Her, She Will Not Fall” T-shirt – Uplifting and sweet.
Bow & Straw Bucket Hat – So cute, I love the style on this one.
Short Brim Straw Hat – Black ribbon and versatile style.

Something Fancy
Flying Bee Barrette – A sweet look for a half-up-half-down look or a bun.
Sunflower Bracelet – Great price, lovely color.
Teardrop Turquoise Fringe Earrings – Lightweight and supports women.
Rose Gold Starfish Project Bracelet – Unique piece, that supports a cause!
Mustard Seed & Baby’s Breath Necklace – Memorable item, special significance to the receiver.
Mother of Pearl Bracelet – Perfect staple piece of jewelry, gold or silver
Spring Colors Lava Beads Bracelet – Great Price. Supports women in Kenya.
Moonstone Necklace – Customizable stone, chain type, and length.

Something to Decorate With
Lavender Watercolor with Frame – A beautiful piece of art, sure to delight.
“He is Risen” Sign – Simple and gorgeous decor item. Write a sweet message on the back for that extra touch of love.
Farmhouse Inspired Spring Wreath – I totally want this for my front door!
Texas Bluebonnet Print – Can be printed on so many mediums like wood, paper, an apron, cotton towel, etc.
Spring Pillowcase – Great for anyone who loves switching out their pillows with the seasons. Remember to buy the pillow insert!

Something Useful & Pretty
Semi-circle Tote Rain-Drop – Affordable and cute print.
Lightweight Navy & Cream Throw Blanket – Gorgeous blanket to welcome spring! Supports women in Ethiopia.
Yellow Roses Mug – Yellow Roses mean “Friendship”.
Dandelion Print Pleated Bag – Love the print
Gardening Apron – She makes high quality items. Great stitching!
Gold Initial & Floral Mug – Lovely design on this mug.

Happy gift giving, friends!

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Coffee Mama Bear
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Cup of Encouragement – Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Coffee Lovers

 French Press and Coffee Cake

Coffee and love are a great pair. Choosing to give coffee as a token of your love…you just WON Valentine’s Day. Whether you are gifting to your mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, your child’s teacher, your neighbor, or your closest friend, coffee will be a delightful present. Unless, they ONLY drink tea, then you really need to reconsider your bond with each other. Kidding. Possibly. We’re still friends, Gina. Let’s get to the gifts you need for Valentine’s Day!

Time for an Upgrade! – Items for Their Daily Coffee Grind

Chemex Coffee Maker – This beautiful glass coffee maker is like giving a gift of art. Only, this piece of art makes coffee and they’ll love you even more because we all know handmade stick figure drawings can only be a present from your toddler now. The coffee does take a little longer to brew with this method, but they will end up with a nice smooth cup. Be sure to buy filters, either paper or a stainless steel mesh insert to go along with it.

French Press Coffee Maker – Another unique and beautiful way to make a cup of coffee is a french press. You can find them in various sizes too! One for home use, one for the office, and one for those times they host brunch, with you in attendance. You might need to write down that brunch hosting requirement in the card…

Aeropress Coffee Maker – Portable, easy to use, and makes a smooth cup. The Aeropress is perfect for the friend who wants a great cup of coffee, but also travels a lot! Also, a great option for people who have to live with other people who do not enjoy coffee…that’s a tough life…they really need this coffee maker. Show them some love. Maybe add in a hug.

Capresso Coffee Grinder – You will literally be elevating their daily grind with this coffee grinder. We have been using ours for years. The great part about this grinder is the settings. Whatever coffee maker they have at home (even keurig has a stainless mesh liner) they can grind the beans at the optimum setting for their maker.

Bodum Bistro Grinder – Going on Amazon reviews for this one, but I did run this through fakespot to make sure they are genuine. (Got a “B” rating.) Less expensive than the previous item on the list, this one also has grind settings. Maybe throw in a pun in your card for this one, “One gift that will help your daily grind be as fine as you. Keep it up, my honey boo.” Obviously, honey boo is optional.

Coffee Subscription

Coffee Subscriptions – They Will Love You

Apropos Roasters – Jennie-Mae is excellent at her craft. We have received beans from Kenya, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Guatemala…all excellently roasted. You can purchase via Etsy listing and you can message to ask for a custom order. She also does wedding favors, talk about giving your guests an amazing gift…if I’d only known!

White Rock Coffee Roasters – You can buy online, in store, or even snag some of their blends at Central Market, but their subscriptions are where you can save. I’ve purchased several types of roasts from them and I enjoy the variety of flavors they offer! The House Blend or the Brazil Monte Cristo are excellent roasts to try.

Texas Coffee Club – A bunch of coffee, that Texans roast, and send your way within 24-48 hours after roasting and it’s all available to you via subscription! You can also pick all sorts of details – roast level, flavor, notes, whole or ground beans – and you can keep within a specific budget too. You’re sure to find something great to please your…I mean your Valentine’s…pallet.

Barba Coffee Co. – A family owned business, run by brothers, with their father’s nickname as their namesake (Barba means “beard” in Portuguese); this would be a great coffee subscription. They have a cool quiz for you to find your coffee personality (or that of your gift receiver)! You have options for how much coffee to send and how often you want it delivered. Be sure to tell them that Coffeemamabear sent you!

Coffee Apparel & More – They’ll Receive Compliments!

Women’s Coffee Shirts
“I love you a latte”
Coffee Heart
“But First, Coffee”
“Mama Needs Coffee”
“Coffee is My Love Language”

Men’s Coffee Shirts
“Powered by Coffee and Sarcasm”
Coffee Brewing Apparatus Diagram
Caffeine Molecule
Coffee Refill Code
“It’s 7am Somewhere”

Coffee Books & More
Craft Coffee: A Manual
Coffee Obsession Book
Chemex Cozy
Latte Earrings
Coffee Cup Necklace
Yeti Coffee Mug

I wish you luck and much love on your Valentine’s Day giving this year! If you are a coffee lover and need to send a not-so-subtle hint about what you want this year…be sure to forward this list! Feel free to email me with any questions or comments.

Mama Needs Coffee
Mama Needs Coffee

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