This is the 26th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here.
After the experiment on day 23 of cleaning that coffee machine, why not put it to use now and make the coffee connoisseur in you proud?
Yes! Its another coffee blog post! I want coffee flavored everything.
Its the only thing that keeps me going these days. While everyone else who thinks that being the ‘housewife’ means I’m very free to sleep and do whatever I please, I’m actually busier than ever. Experimenting with different recipes, preparing to blog and taking and editing photos. My to-do, to-read, and to-cook lists can officially be written into books. Not forgetting physical meetings, cyber meetings, and all the ‘work’ I have going on for me in the real world to bring some ‘dough’ home.
Its very different working for yourself & working for others. You bootstrap and work twice as hard as you strive to hit your goals. I work round the clock as long as my eyes can stay open. I’m usually up till 4am and awake by 9am to feed Cupid and start my day with housework. But the flexibility in my life now is exactly what I wanted and I will not change any bit of it. Everything is progressing the way I planned for, and I’m very thankful for the opportunities that come.
This ‘stay home’ wife only sleeps 5 hours a day. COFFEE is always on the top of my grocery list. Every.single.week.
Of course when I first saw Coffee Kombucha, I got very excited.
Kopi, also known as Coffee in Malay can also be used to make Coffee Kombucha.
Why it works?
Kombucha is known mostly for being a form of fermented tea, with a SCOBY. Kombucha tea is made from sweet tea, to which a starter (fermented tea) and a SCOBY, is added and allowed to sit and ferment at room temperature for the following 7 to 14 days.
The beneficial bacteria and yeast in the culture convert the sugar, tannins, and caffeine in the tea to beneficial substances for your body. Since coffee also has the tannins and caffeine that is needed for the kombucha to grow, it only makes sense if the coffee addict in me gave it a go.
There’s a few ways to make this.
1) Cold brew coffee – Refer to this recipe I made using grounded coffee, and brew enough for 7 cups of cold brew coffee
2) Using coffee machine – Prepare 4 capsules to make 4 espressos, after brew, add 5 cups of cool water to it and add to jar.
– Make sure the capsules you are using are not flavored coffees, this is to prevent any oils from the added flavors from affecting the growth of the beneficial bacteria.
3) Instant coffee – I will be demonstrating today’s experiment with instant coffee since this is more widely available compared to the above 2.
After the fermenting period, the Kopi-bucha comes out more beneficial and easier to drink. Its less acidic due to the fermentation. And it comes with double energy boost. And a delicious fizz.
Yes you heard me right, 1) because our brain is used to ‘energy boosts’ from coffee, and it tends to give us a ‘pick-me-up’ feeling. and now with the additional benefits from the regular kombucha, that is also known to be a energizer. Throw that 5 hour energy drink to the bin now, will you?
Take note that:
This will not work with decaf coffee as the scoby needs caffeine to grow.
You can add milk to it to make it a latte-bucha, but dairy milk will curdle. Nut milks or coconut milk will work better.
Its not recommended to use the same scoby for regular kombucha again. So use a spare SCOBY from regular kombucha.
If you enjoyed the first batch of kopi-bucha, you can consider converting it into a continuous brew.
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Previous articles in the challenge:
Day 1: All Purpose Spray
Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs
Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw
Day 4: Hair Rinse
Day 5: Facial Toner
Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats
Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner
Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette
Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars
Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats
Day 11: Clean your shower head
Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake
Day 13: Laundry refresher
Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner
Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner
Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic
Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads
Day 19: Kombucha smoothie
Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap
Day 23: Cleaning the coffee machine
Day 24: Making Kombucha Tonic
Day 25: Cleaning the stove top