Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

Utica Coffee Cold Brew!

Happy Monday! So, I’ve been meaning to do a post about one of my favorite Utica places, as well as share my first cold brew coffee experience. This whole cold brew thing is really in right now, and when you taste it, you can see why! What I like about the idea of brewing my own cold brew at home was that a.) it’s cheap, and b.) it doesn’t have any extra crap in it that the store bought iced coffees have. It has 2 ingredients: coffee and water. Kinda like regular coffee! 🙂 Another perk is that it will keep a while in the fridge, so you’re always ready. It got great reviews from both a guest of mine and I made a batch for our family vacation at camp, and it is no understatement that it improved vacation for the moms of the little kids!

I used The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Iced Coffee recipe, and it could NOT have been easier! A friend recommended it to me, and it has changed my life! It is so easy to make, and like I said it keeps a while, so you can easily use it up before it gets funky. I’m the only one that drinks coffee at my house, and I really only have a serving or two a day, so I halved the recipe and it worked out great. I love Ree (aka The Pioneer Woman)!

OK, before I get into the Iced Coffee experience, let’s talk about Utica Coffee Roasters. More recently, I have gotten more “in” to coffee. This coincided with me working at a school in north Utica. (And this also coincided with having child #3…) Once I realized that this local cafe was just about as closeby to my workplace as Dunkin’, I started popping in there. So much to love– first, it’s local, and I love checking out local businesses. They offer a lot of local and natural stuff, besides just their coffee. They carry one of my favorite yogurts, Stoltzfus yogurt. So good. Also, I’m a big bagel fan, and their bagels are way better than the chain that everyone supposedly runs on.

But their coffee…

Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

As you can see, I’ve been planning on doing a post about UCR for a while- this photo is from winter!

My coworkers and I used to treat each other pretty regularly. I would often refer to a stop at UCR as the “bone” I would throw myself to help me get through the day. Their coffee is great, and maybe even as important, the experience is great! I’m not overly learn-ed when it comes to coffee, and they are happy to educate. As far as iced goes, my fave is vanilla iced, no sugar since the vanilla flavoring adds enough sweetness for me. As for the hot, cannoli all the way!!! But I’ve been told their french toast flavored coffee is also insanely good.

And since I love their cannoli coffee so much hot, I figured I’d try it iced. And I’m so glad I did! Totally delicious.

You know, one of my favorite things about shopping locally is that you can have an above-average experience, because the people that work there and the people that run the business usually have such a great passion for what they do. Visiting UCR has always been that way for me, just a pleasant experience. On Mother’s Day, they were offering free coffee for moms, so I took my mom and off we went. I honestly don’t think her and I’d ever gotten coffee alone together, oddly enough, so I was excited at this nice, simple mother’s day plan. Naturally, I figured that I would pay for myself and she would have the free coffee, even though I’m also a mom. I figured, no way they’re going to give away two free cups. I know this is a pretty minor thing, but I was impressed that when I asserted that I would pay for my cup and our pastries, I was told that both cups would be free since I was a mom, too!

Another example of their “cool”ness was when I came into buy cannoli ground to make the iced coffee. I had all 3 kids with me, and it was shortly before closing time, and I was pretty bummed out to see that my trek out to get cannoli grounds was a waste, as they were out. The lady working actually bagged me some on the spot, and charged me just a few dollars for just over a half pound! Haha I hope no one gets in trouble for doing me this favor, if anyone there actually reads this post, but I’ll tell ya, in an effort to provide excellent customer service, she added to my motivation to write a post about my love for UCR and urge local coffee fans to check it out! haha I think having all 3 kids with me helped my cause! She probably thought, this lady really needs this coffee, I should help her out, ha!! See, that’s what I love about local businesses- you’re much more likely to have a personalized experience. I know both of these examples were pretty minuscule things, but to me, at those moments- made my day!

So, I zoomed home with my cannoli coffee grounds and my 3 kids, and that night I made my cold brew for the first time. I had high hopes since the recipe seemed foolproof, and I was using the “good” stuff; it exceeded my expectations 🙂

It is so nice having good-quality iced coffee at-the-ready and inexpensive. Here’s my pics from my experience:

Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

First, I dumped the coffee grounds into a big 1.5 gallon rubbermaid container. I knew I planned on making a gallon of iced coffee, so I needed a container big enough to steep the grounds with the water.

 

Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

Then I added the water.

 

Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

Stirred it up! Put the lid on, and let it sit overnight.

 

Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

In the morning, the sifting began.

 

Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

I grabbed my container to put the finished product in- a plastic Rubbermaid pitcher that I knew would fit in my fridge (and has a lid)…

 

Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

…and started sifting! Used a strainer AND cheesecloth, and never found any grounds in my coffee 🙂

 

Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

The sludge leftover smelled good and looked gross.

 

Utica Coffee Cold Brew! www.theshortesttallman@mac.com

Ta-dah!

No, I’m not ahead of the game here, cold brew isn’t exactly cutting edge- but if you haven’t tried it yourself and you’re an iced coffee fan, you’ll be impressed with how good your own cold brew comes out!  And it is a trifecta of success: easy, cheap, convenient! To all my teacher friends- this would be a great way to avoid those drive-thru’s on your way in to work!

In fact, I’ll make some more tonight. Thank you Pioneer Woman and Utica Coffee Roasting Co.!

5 Comments

  • Frank August 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    That was a very cool write-up. Thank you. No, nobody is going
    get in trouble for totally hooking you up as a customer. That’s what we do :-). Thank you come back soon!

    Reply
    • theshortesttallman August 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      hahaha! That’s awesome! Thanks 🙂 🙂 🙂 Oh, I will definitely be back soon, can’t get enough!

      Reply
  • Mary Lourdes Heaton August 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Utica Coffee- favorite bright spot of my day! Cannoli- yum!

    Reply
    • theshortesttallman August 24, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Indeed! You’re the one who introduced me to their cannoli!!

      Reply
  • Donna August 24, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I’m the friend who recommended the recipe 😊 We’ve been drinking it all summer! So glad you loved it. I love URC!

    Reply

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