Iced Maple Cold Press Latte Recipe

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Few things taste more like summer than an ice cold maple cold press coffee. (Okay, except maybe garden tomatoes, but we’re talking beverages here.)

If you’re new to cold press coffee, allow me to let you in on summer’s best kept secret.

Also know as cold brew, this concentrated coffee is easy to make at home. Ground beans are infused in water for 12 to 24 hours, then strained and stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. At the ready to be diluted with milk, cream, or hot or cold water water for your daily coffee craving, it’s our favorite coffee for summertime.

Cold press has zero bitterness and so much flavor. Think espresso’s laid back, friendly cousin. But I don’t recommend drinking it straight. It’s legit strong, and intended to be served diluted.

If you need more convincing, let’s talk price. If you make it into a fancy coffee shop-style drink instead of hitting the cafe, your wallet will thank you. Assuming you’re buying very best quality, fair trade/organic beans, organic cow milk, and grade B maple syrup, a pint jar full still comes in under $1.25.

And unlike the ices lattes at the mainstream coffee joints, there are no questionable or excessive sweeteners hiding in here–just a splash of pure, sweet maple syrup. Made with decaf, it’s one of my kids’ favorite summertime treats.

Ready to make your own? Never mind. That was a rhetorical question. Of course you do! Today, tomorrow… all summer long. Here’s how. (Afflinks follow.)

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Tools and Equipment:

You don’t need any special equipment to make cold press coffee. Zero. That said, we were gifted a Toddy Cold Brew System years ago and we love it, so that is what we use, but honestly – you can make it just as easily in your ordinary french press or a large mason jar.

Using a mason jar? Bigger = better. Go for 1/2 gallon. (Since the concentrate keeps for 2 weeks or more, making a lot at once just makes sense.) If you don’t have a cold press insert for your mason jar, just strain your finished cold press through a very fine mesh strainer or a collander lined with a flour sack towel reserved for this purpose.

Now that you’ve gathered your gear, let’s get brewing! (Do plan ahead, as cold brew coffee takes 12 to 24 hours to make.)

Make your cold brew

Make cold brew coffee in any amount. The quantity you make will be determined by the size of your jar. You can easily fit the amount below in either a Toddy or a 1/2 gallon jar. To make in an average-sized french press, reduce the amount by half.

The batch below will yield approximately 6 cups of coffee concentrate, or enough for 12 pints (6 recipes) of the iced latte below.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz coffee, coarsely ground (we’re partial to our friends and neighbors at local-to-us Kickapoo Coffee who just happen to also be the friends who hooked us on iced cold press in the first place, the devils)
  • 7 cups cold or room temperature water (filtered or well water preferred)

Instructions

  1. Place freshly ground coffee in the brewing vessel of your choice.
  2. Slowly pour water over coffee.
  3. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Cover and fridge if desired, or allow to steep on the counter. (The latter is our normal method).
  5. 12 to 24 hours later (longer = stronger, in both caffeine amount and flavor), strain your coffee. We normally go 24 hours. To strain, either remove the the plug from your Toddy and drain through the felt filter; remove the filter basket from your filtered mason jar, allowing concentrate to drain from grounds into jar before discarding; or pouring slowly through the mesh sieve or cloth-lined colander if you’re using an ordinary mason jar.
  6. Store in a covered mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Make your iced latte

Ingredients for two pint-sized lattes

  • 1 cup cold press coffee concentrate
  • 2 1/2 cups *full-fat milk of your choice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a quart jar or pitcher.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Taste and adjust if desired by adding more milk, coffee, or maple syrup.
  4. Serve immediately over ice.

* Regarding milk: fat is good for us. It tastes wonderful, our bodies and brains need it, and did I mention it tastes wonderful? That said, cow milk is not required here! Use whatever full-fat milk you love. The lattes pictured above are made with whole, raw cow milk, but I’ve had many a fine cold press made with whole pasteurized milk, raw goat milk (really!), and even some with a full-fat dairy-free milk with great results. If you’re going dairy-free though, here’s a tip: add part dairy-free milk and part dairy free creamer for a tastier drink. It’s worth it. I promise.

Oh, and one more thing…

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About these snazzy mason jars…

I made them. I love them. I sell them.

Grab yours here for your summer iced latte habit, while they last!

Each jar costs the same as ~3 of those corn syrup-sweetened coffee shop iced lattes that don’t taste half as good as this one, so if you refill it just four times this summer with our homemade version, you’re winning by miles. You even get to choose your closure (steel straw cup lid or Cuppow coffee lid)!

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Need more incentive?

Order one or more magical mason jars, and add a note to your mason jar order of “HAPPY HEALTHY” and we’ll throw in a sample-sized (1.5 oz) bar of soap for every jar you buy, just because.

Now get busy and make that cold press! Because summer is waiting.

Iced Maple Latte Recipe. Easy to make at home, plus you control the sweetener! #coffee #coldbrew #coldpress #summer

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Today only, enjoy 10% off of all LüSa Organics Outdoor Essentials!

Choose from our bestselling natural insect repellent, Shoo (for mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies), our non-nano zinc oxide cream, Sunshine Butter, or even our new organic Nature Nurtures tees for adults and kids! web.jpgFind them all on our Outdoor Essentials page, and use coupon code “SUMMERFUN” for your discount at checkout.

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Five steps to prevent tick bites

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Nature is our happy place.

It calms our minds and soothes our hearts, and we do our best to get out and in it every day that we can. Our Wisconsin farm is 40-some acres of prairie, pasture, and woods, and there is hardly an inch that we haven’t explored.

I’ve been asked time and again how we can feel comfortable heading out into the tall grass and underbrush living in a region with such a high incident of Lyme Disease, plus our own family history of tick bites and Lyme Disease.

Lyme is scary. I get it. Our family has had more than our fair share of Lyme. But what I wrote about my tick philosophy here still holds true.

I can’t let the fear win. Not when the woods, when life, when childhood are waiting.

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So we’ve dialed in our tick prevention game. That was the only reasonable answer we could devise. Since I wrote the post that is linked above, we’ve completely changed the way we approach tick season from a practical standpoint.

And it’s working.

Here is what we do these days to prevent tick bites and to keep our family safe and healthy, while we get out there and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Without fear, without anxiety, without reservation.

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Five simple steps to prevent tick bites

1. Rose Geranium Insect Repellent

Even before mosquito season, we consistently spray our skin and clothes with our LüSa Organics rose geranium insect repellent. I formulate Shoo with ticks in mind, and it never ceases to amaze me. This is our first – and perhaps most important – line of defense. We use it from the time the snow melts until the first snow falls the next winter. Because unlike mosquitoes, ticks are active for all but the coldest season.

We bring a bottle of Shoo along whenever we go out, and if we’re outside for more than an hour or so we reapply. I also spray it on our dog when he heads out to romp.

2. Appropriate clothing

Light colors make it easier to see ticks before they get to your skin and have a chance to attach. Choose long pants, socks, and closed toed shoes. We pull hair back and wear hats as well. Bonus points for long sleeves.

3. Tuck in your clothes

Ticks crawl up to get to the skin, and by keeping tucked in they have fewer entry points. Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks. It’s not the height of fashion, but it’s effective tick prevention.

4. Tick checks & laundry procedures

Back home after an adventure, we do tick checks, slowly and carefully looking over each other’s head’s and bodies for any interlopers. Then we each take a quick shower, being sure to shampoo well.

Clothes go straight into the laundry, and things that can’t be laundered (hand knits or other wool, for example) are checked for burrs; then they go into the dryer on hot for 10 minutes to kill any ticks before coming back upstairs. If woolens are wet line dry first, then throw into the dryer.

5. Sulphur Protocol

This last one is a little weird. But since we first gave the “sulphur protocol” a try three years ago we’ve had almost no tick bites. Really. We went from five bites for Lupine alone by mid April one year, to a single bite the whole next year. Yes, one bite is still one too many, but it’s certainly an improvement. (Afflinks follow.)

The protocol is as follows:

Week 1: Take 1/8 teaspoon of powdered sulphur (we use this kind) daily.

We stir it into water with a bit of Magnesium Calm instead of the molasses recommended in the link above (for flavor, and because we supplement with magnesium daily anyway).

Week 2: Take above dose every other day.

Week 3: above dose every third day.

Week 4: Take above dose once per week.

Week 5 through Autumn: Take above dose monthly.

(We originally found the sulphur protocol here.) I don’t know why it works, but I know that it seems to be working well for us, so I’m keeping with it!

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What if you are bitten?

No protocol is fool-proof. We sometimes forget our bug spray, or forget to reapply, or miss a tick during a tick-check. In the rare event that a tick does become attached, stay calm and follow this simple course of action:

First, use a tick remover to gently lift off the tick (we use this type). Avoid squeezing or pulling.

Second, support your immune system response. For our family we choose to take ledum 30C and support our immune systems with elderberry and astragalus tinctures. What is right for your family may be different, but this is our approach.

Third, tend to the bite site. While still in the field we apply a fresh plantain poultice, and back home we keep the skin moisturized and happy with this favorite balm.

What about antibiotics?

Some people treat with antibiotics after each and every tick bite. Others treat only when Lyme symptoms are present. Still others don’t use antibiotics at all. Educate yourself to the benefits and drawbacks of each approach, and make your own best, well-informed decision.

What are the symptoms?

Whether or not you are aware of having been bitten, I believe it’s a good idea to watch for signs of Lyme Disease in all members of your family. Symptoms are widely varied, and include brain fog, aching joints, headaches, on-and-off fevers, and flu-like symptoms. I personally develop deep fatigue, digestive pain, word-finding problems, and spelling issues. Everyone is different. Know your body and listen when something feels off. For many people symptoms come and go. This checklist is a great place to start when your evaluating symptoms.

What about the bullseye?

Not everyone presents a bullseye rash when contracting Lyme Disease, so don’t let its absence lead you to believe that your symptoms are not Lyme.

If you are concerned about Lyme Disease in your family, I can’t say enough about the importance of finding a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor. This is one resource for finding a LLMD, but there are literate doctors who are not on the list.

All of that said, by following the protocol above ticks have become a rare problem indeed for our family. Give the five steps a try, and report back with your experience!

 

What are your family’s tricks for keeping the ticks at bay?

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Use Magnesium Mist to support healthy sleep. Spray on your abdomen or the bottom of your feet, and relish the sweetest of dreams.

Also called “magnesium oil” because of the slippery-feel when applied to the skin (despite containing no oil), this simple spray has a long history of use to support good health.

So what else is it good for?

We think it’s simply a wonder! Google “benefits of magnesium oil” to discover the laundry list of reasons we (and countless others) are so smitten by this spray.

This week, enjoy 10% off of all Magnesium Mists with coupon code “MAGMAGIC10”(Expires 4/21/18).

Promo extended! Coupon good through 4/28/18.

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Just for fun, how about a giveaway of this Sweet Dreams Collection? Enjoy our favorite LüSa Organics products for a healthful, restful sleep.

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Get well soon (five simple, natural tricks to get there fast)!

The change of the season often taxes our immune systems as the weather fluctuates between winter and spring.

This week the bug has landed in our home, with 2 out of 4 of us down with body aches, sore throats, and fatigue.

And just like any time we find ourselves with a cold or flu, these are the foolproof steps we take to get well – fast.

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1. Rest

Lots and lots of rest.

That means falling asleep early and staying in bed as late as you can. It means taking it easy during the day, as much as you can manage.

For me, a comfy chair, quilt, and basket of knitting beside the fire helps (a lot).

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2. Chicken Broth or Stock

I have been sipping cups of bone broth for days on end. It’s my magic potion for getting well in a hurry.

My basic recipe is can be found here. Make a big batch to store in the fridge or freezer while you heal.

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3. Herbal Tinctures

I think simple, homemade tinctures are the best medicines of all. Our family makes many different kinds each season, and we rely on them throughout out the year to support our health. Currently I am taking elderberry, echinacea (my recipe is from this booklet), and astragalus tinctures.

If you haven’t made tinctures before you won’t believe how simple it can be! My recipe and instructions for homemade elderberry tincture can be found here.

Also yes, I give alcohol-based tinctures to children. A single child-sized dose of tincture contains less alcohol than a ripe banana. So I simply don’t fret about it.

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4. Stay Hydrated

Warm drinks are key. Herbal tea, the aforementioned broth, and hot toddies are my top picks to deliver good medicine while helping us stay hydrated.

We’re hitting them hard this week – even the two among us who aren’t battling the bug.

My hot toddy recipe – with variations from the most simple to more complex – can be found right over here.

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Another favorite warm drink around here is homemade pine needle tea.

Made from a simple decoction of white pine needles and thin branches, it feels excellent on the throat, quiets coughs, and is absolutely loaded with vitamin C. To make, simply harvest fresh white pine needles, twigs, and bark. Cut into pieces and place in a large nonreactive pot. Fill pot with water and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 10 additional minutes. If desired, additional herbs can be added to the pot, depending on the cold or flu you’re working through. Consider mullein leaf, monarda, yarrow, elderberry, elecampane, or wild cherry bark.

If you’re aren’t up for making your own tea blends, choose a purchased herbal tea that matches your symptoms. We love the Traditional Medicinals brand, especially Throat Coat, Breathe Easy, and Gypsy Cold Care. (afflinks)

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5. TREAT YOUR SYMPTOMS

Body aches? Epsom salt baths and arnica muscle rub/massage oil both work magic on soreness. Also try a hot water bottle tucked up against an aching back or sore neck.

Earache? You can’t beat garlic ear oil. I shared this recipe years ago (along with a few other holistic earache remedies), though the one I used this weekend I made with garlic and mullein flowers. (If you’d like I will share a recipe for it during the next mullein flower season. Do let me know if that interests you!)

Support healthy respiration with LuSa EOs

How are your lungs? Here at LüSa we also make two lines of essential oils and chest rubs to support healthy respiration.

Our Breathe Easy EO blends and Children’s Chest Rub are eucalyptus-free designed specifically for kids under 10, while our Breathe Deep EO blends and Original Chest Rub are just the thing for ages 10 and up.

The undiluted oils can be added to a diffuser or humidifier, or mixed with your epsom salts in the bath. The roll-on oils and chest rubs can be applied directly to the skin as desired.

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Sore Throat? Those hot toddies work wonders; so does gargling hot salt water. My preferred remedy for sore throat is homemade Monarda tonic. Made with just wild bee balm, raw honey, and brandy it soothes sore throats in a hurry.

Since many of you won’t have bee balm on hand, try a tea made from sage and thyme, found right in your spice cabinet. Add a bit of honey and find simple, effective relief.

Always steep herbal teas covered to keep the healing aromatics in the cup.

Fever? My favorite herbal remedy is a tea made of 2 parts peppermint leaf, 1 part yarrow, 1 part elder flower, and 1/2 part catnip.

Try Belladona 12 c homeopathic remedy. This along with our homemade fever tea and the other wellness steps above are our best defense.

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Cough? I can’t sing the praises of this remedy enough. If you don’t have elecampane on hand I urge you to pick some up now and have this remedy ready for your next round of coughs. It works like magic. I also shared two herbal cough syrup recipes in the Herbal Apothecary booklet, one for day and one for night. Both are simple to make and work wonders on persistent coughs.

And with that, I have a cozy spot next to the fire that’s calling me.

Rest up, friends. Get well soon!

 

5 simple tricks for healing from cold or flu, naturally.