Cold brews are healthier than hot coffee

DIY iced tea and cold brew coffee - the trend drinks in summer

Latte macchiato and cappuccino, which otherwise like to sweeten our day, are often not a welcome alternative on hot summer days. Even the matcha latte, no matter how awakening, is often ... too hot for us on hot days, despite all its green tea power. A cooling off is needed. But as much as we like to indulge in frappuccinos and frappés - they not only have loads of calories in their luggage, they are often so rich and heavy that instead of refreshment and motivation they tend to have the opposite effect: an annoying feeling of fullness that causes every hint of dynamism to descend offset.

Pure refreshment - with few calories

On a hot, sunny day, there is nothing more refreshing than an iced iced tea. Fruity and cold, it provides exactly the boost of freshness that we need in order not to lose concentration in the heat. Ready-made iced tea from the refrigerated shelf in the supermarket is unfortunately far too often a real calorie bomb. Pure sugar - a look at the label usually reveals that. Some of the innocent-looking tea varieties surpass the 80-gram mark per liter in terms of sugar content. Dozens of sugar cubes in a bottle of iced tea? That is more than too much. Even the often demonized apple spritzer has an average of “only” 47 grams of sugar per liter. Many finished teas are also stingy with the fruit content. Lemon and peach teas from the supermarket usually only contain a few percent actual fruit content. Instead, aromas create the fruity taste of the sweet thirst quenchers. That is why making iced tea yourself is the healthier and often cheaper alternative. We show refreshing recipes for summer iced tea.

Delicious summer drink: with few calories for ultimate refreshment

Mixing iced tea yourself is not only quick, it is also extremely cost-saving. Healthy and super fruity, with a full load of refreshment. The healthy iced tea variant that we tried shines with a slim 19 grams of sugar and 70 calories per liter. In contrast to its ready-made counterparts, homemade iced tea is not a hidden fattener.

Our recipe: berry-mint-iced tea to make yourself

What you need for the homemade iced tea:

1 bunch of fresh mint

250 grams of frozen raspberries (or strawberries)

200 grams of fresh currants

Half a lime from the organic shop

Agave syrup or honey for sweetening

Ice cubes so that it gets really cool

This is how it works:

First you boil a liter of water and add three quarters of your washed mint. You can let the fresh mint tea steep for 10 to 15 minutes so that the aroma of the herbs can unfold and the tea tastes really intense afterwards. You can add the agave syrup now, 2 tablespoons should be enough. If you like, you can also use honey instead. Now add the frozen berries: Stir in the frozen berries and let them steep for another 10 minutes. The tea can now be poured through a sieve. Put the raspberries through the sieve with a spoon so that their fruitiness really ends up in the tea. Now the soft drink is first chilled. Two hours should be enough to lower the temperature. To serve the tea, add the fresh berries and decorate your glass with the remaining fresh mint. You cut the half lime into slices and put it in the glass as well. Voilà - your refreshing summer drink is ready!

If you don't want to do without coffee ...

... but still want to do without the guilty conscience that comes after consuming a calorie-packed frappé, trying a new soft drink that provides cooling and caffeine, but is not loaded with too much sugar and calories. The answer to all of our coffee prayers is cold brew.

Cold Brew - refreshing coffee trend from Asia

We have the Japanese to thank for the fact that we are now refreshing our summer coffee break and enjoying our necessary dose of caffeine. The cold brew coffee trend originated in Japan. This cold extracted coffee is a lot milder and healthier than the good old hot filter coffee. Because cold, the caffeinated brew is much more tolerable, especially for the stomach. The taste and vitamins also stay in the cold brew for much longer. When brewing hot, the chemical structure of the coffee is changed - this is not the case with cold brew. What makes him so healthy. The cold brew coffee is also practical: it survives for a few days in the refrigerator without bothering, without losing taste or vitamins.

Anything but cold coffee - a healthy trend for the summer

And best of all: In order to enjoy the great cold brew coffee, we no longer have to make a pilgrimage to the nearest hipster café this summer. Because now there are special cold brew filter bags in the supermarket with which we can easily make this trendy soft drink ourselves this summer.

Homemade cold brew in no time at all

If you have enough lead time and time, you can make a mixture of 200 grams of filter coffee and one liter of cold water and let it steep for 12 hours at room temperature after stirring. After this long waiting time, the mix is ​​filtered and voilà, the coffee concentrate for the cold brew coffee is ready. It would taste very intense pure, so it would be wise to "dilute" it with ice cubes or cream and milk. The concentrate stays in the refrigerator for a long time and can be used again and again to make a delicious cool cold brew.

It's faster for the impatient - the Blitz Cold Brew

Here's the easy way: The cold brew coffee is made in no time. Simply add 100 grams of freshly ground coffee to half a liter of cold water. Stir well and let steep for an hour. Then the mixture is filtered and you can enjoy the cold brew as you wish: Either pure on ice cubes or with milk or soy milk. If you like sweet, add some sweetener.

Cold brew coffee is not only low in calories and light, as it contains less acid than hot brewed coffee, it is also much more digestible than the conventional variant of the popular caffeine booster. A real alternative for the summer that doesn’t make you feel full or have a guilty conscience.

Which drink do you particularly like to cool off on hot days? I love iced coffees and frappuccinos, but that's a bit too much for me every day. And since I don't want to consume caffeine every day anyway, I like to rely on homemade fruit iced tea with fresh mint leaves. Simply delicious!

Greetings from Mainz,

your Karolin