This article is part of Home: Your New Basecamp – a new Kuju Journal series providing you tips, ideas and inspiration to help you Cultivate Rejuvenation at home during this new shelter-at-home era. #ForWhereverYouWander
Let’s face it, stay-at-home orders have dramatically restricted weekend plans, and while it can be a bummer that we can’t do what we normally might, it’s also an opportunity to try something new or get creative. At Kuju, we’ve been experimenting with all sorts of ways to make unique and dare I say, thrilling, coffee recipes. From cold brew to potentially the hottest internet trend at the moment, Dalgona Coffee, we’re finding new and interesting ways to bring out the best characteristics of coffee through fun and unique coffee recipes.
Whether you enjoy your coffee black or sweet and creamy, we have a coffee recipe that fits your taste preferences and that you can try this weekend with your friends or family.
Cold Brew With Kuju
First up is a classic, foolproof coffee recipe that almost anyone can do with little to no equipment – Kuju Cold Brew Coffee. As summer approaches and temperatures rise, drinking your coffee cold instead of hot begins to seem more and more appealing. Not only can cold brew cool you down on a hot day, but it also tends to be smoother than hot coffee because brewing coffee cold is a gentler brewing process that extracts less of the bitter notes that hot water does.
But how do you make cold brew coffee if you don’t have equipment specific for it? We’re here to let you in on a little secret: Our Travel 5-Packs double as a cold brew brewing bag. It includes the ideal amount of coffee sealed in convenient filters and where you would usually need a pitcher or jar, the pouch packaging itself is your brewing container. All you need is some water and you’re good to go. Here’s how to do it:
Grab yourself one Kuju Coffee Travel 5-Pack along with 2.5 cups of cold water (preferably filtered). Tear open your Travel 5-Pack, pour your water into the bag and zip the bag back up. The filters will float to the top but you can push them down to seal. Give the bag a gentle shake to ensure there are no leaks in the zipper and that all the coffee is effectively submerged. Put it in the fridge and all you have to do is wait 12-24 hours depending on how strong you like your coffee. You now have a cold brew concentrate that you can mix with one part concentrate, one part water and one part ice.
The next coffee recipe is one that you might have not heard of but it surely won’t disappoint. With its origins coming from Italy, the Caffé Shakerato is a simple espresso-based beverage shaken with ice and sugar. The end result is a foamy iced beverage with just enough sweetness to cut through the bitterness of the espresso, and the end result is truly Instagram worthy. You will need a way to make espresso for this one, but if you don’t have an espresso maker, you can change out the espresso for a strong coffee.
To make this coffee recipe, you’ll need a double shot of espresso, a cocktail shaker, one cup of ice and one teaspoon of cane sugar (or your sweetener of choice). If you want to be extra fancy, this beverage is best served in a small wine or martini glass to show off the frothy top layer. Here’s how to make it:
Pull a doubleshot of espresso with your favorite coffee. (If you’re a fan of our coffee, our Basecamp Blend is now available as whole beans on our website. It’s our best selling medium roast and works great as an espresso or pour over.) If you don’t have an espresso maker, replace the espresso with about 2 fluid ounces of dark, strong coffee. Fill the cocktail shaker with sugar, pour the espresso in and stir until sugar is dissolved, then fill with ice. Cover it up and give it a vigorous shake until the drink becomes frothy (about 10-15 seconds). Strain and pour into serving glass.
Pro-tip: To take this up to the next level, muddle a few mint leaves into the cocktail shaker before adding sugar, and you’ll have a cooling and refreshing mint caffé shakerato.
Iced Pour Over Coffee
Next up is a simple iced pour over coffee recipe. It’s great for when you want an iced coffee but don’t have the time or patience to wait 12 hours for a delicious cold brew. It’s simple and works great in a pinch. All you need is one of our single-serve pour over coffees and a cup of ice. Here’s how to make iced pour over coffee:
Fill a glass halfway with ice. If you drink your coffee with cream or sugar, add it now so that the coffee can effectively brew and mix into it. Anchor your pour over filter to your glass, then pour hot water. Instead of pouring the usual 8-12 oz of hot water, cut that in half to around 5 oz. This will keep the coffee more concentrated and prevent dilution since some of the ice will melt into your coffee. Remove your used pour over filter, give the coffee a quick stir and enjoy the fruits of your labor while feeling good that this literally only took you two minutes.
Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee but Kuju Style)
Finally, we have the internet-famous, ultra-trendy whipped coffee recipe also known as Dalgona Coffee. Fun fact: Dalgona is a Korean honeycomb toffee, which some say this beverage tastes like. The only problem with this recipe is that the base ingredient, as seen on other blogs, is instant coffee, so we decided to find a way to make an equally delicious sweet coffee beverage – Kuju style.
Usually the whipped coffee part of Dalgona Coffee is an equal part mixture of instant coffee, sugar and hot water, but to make it Kuju style, we replaced the instant coffee and hot water with a concentrated brew of our Bold Awakening coffee and a little bit of heavy whipping cream to give it a frothy texture. Admittedly, this recipe is more complex, but the end result has a higher quality flavor than if you make it with instant coffee. So here’s how to do it:
Brew 4 oz of a Bold Awakening pour over and pour it into a small saucepan. Bring the coffee up to a boil and let it simmer until there is half the volume of liquid. This will create a more concentrated 2 oz coffee with less water but more flavor. Let the coffee cool. Pour coffee concentrate into a medium sized bowl along with two tablespoons of sugar and two tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. With your hand whisk or hand mixer, whisk the ingredients together until it becomes frothy and you have small peaks.
Grab a serving glass filled halfway with ice. Pour regular milk to the top of the ice, then spoon your whipped coffee mixture into the glass. This drink is insanely delicious. While it is very sweet, the whipped coffee mixed with milk makes for an indulgent dessert drink any sweet tooth will love.
And there you have it – 4 incredible coffee recipes that you can try this weekend. Let us know in the comments below which one of these was your favorite.