I am a coffee and tea lover. While I really enjoy a good, strong, fresh cup, I am not what one would call a “coffee snob”: I don’t roast my own beans and I’ve not invested thousands in fancy equipment. That said, I’ve always prepared my morning coffee by grinding quality whole beans using a burr grinder, and I don’t like coffee that isn’t extremely fresh, but that’s about as far as I need to take it to enjoy my morning coffee.
I also find some of the better K-Cups to be excellent tasting. K-Cups appeal to me because I like being able to enjoy several different brews on the same morning, and I love that each cup is 100% fresh and ready in about 30 seconds with no mess or clean-up. I find that the Keurig single-cup brewers provide the perfect blend of brew quality, flexibility and convenience. We have the Keurig K75 Platinum, and Lisa and I just love it.
We have tried several dozen different K-Cups, and there are some real gems in the huge 250+ variety lineup. Lisa and I both like strong, bold and dark roasts. I drink my coffee black, while Lisa likes hers with a splash of Almond Milk (Unsweetened, Vanilla) and a few drops of liquid Stevia.
While I love strong, black coffee, I can’t stand any hint of bitterness or acidity: I want bold, but smooth. With that in mind, here are my current favorite K-Cups:
I still enjoy a hot cup of Yogi Peach DeTox Tea every afternoon and a cup of Yogi Bedtime Tea every evening, but sometimes I crave something a little stronger and sweeter (I don’t sweeten my hot tea).
This brings me to the main point of today’s blog: Iced coffee!
There are K-Cup iced coffees available, but I avoid those because they are loaded with sugar and crap like hydrogenated coconut oil, corn syrup solids and chemicals.
I found that brewing any of the strong K-Cup coffees mentioned above (using the 4-ounce setting) directly over a large glass filled with ice, and then adding a splash of Unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a few drops of liquid Stevia makes an excellent-tasting and (practically) zero calorie treat (click to enlarge):
The only ingredient that has any calories is the unsweetened almond milk, but that contains just 30 calories for an entire US Cup! So a little splash of almond milk is practically insignificant from a caloric standpoint, and is more than offset from the metabolic boost provided by the caffeine.
This is a fantastic treat when you’re craving something cool and sweet on a hot summer day, and you can have it “guilt free” (I hate that term, but you know what I mean). Enjoy!