Easy Keto desserts to pair with coffee

That’s a broad question, but to sum it up keto can help with all sort of health ailments! Sugar doesn’t help so much when trying to get certain health problems under control. But sugar is sure hard to give up, it’s nice to have a treat with your coffee but make it sugar free! Make it cavity free! I always think, if sugar is making your teeth have cavities just think of what it’s doing to your insides.

Quick Guide

Milk foaming basics Measuring coffee Fast Track Latte Art which coffee maker??

Coffee communicates! Yes it talks! Here’s a quality checklist to run after your first cup:

  1. Your cafe has Crema (Crema is that light foamy stuff expelled when Carbon monoxide interacts with water, stale beans seldom produce this). In fact a study done by LeBouf RF, Aldridge M. points to the fact that CO exposure can be an occupational hazard for people in the coffee industry. But not to worry, your bag of coffee is completely harmless in fact it’s packed with polyphenols which is a huge wellness benefit.
  2. Your coffee doesn’t taste bitter (Looks like your beans aren’t bad yet!)
  3. You can drink it black (Good coffee, while great with milk and your preferred sweetener should taste good on its own)
  4. Your coffee is curdling your milk. Sometimes the acid from coffee can be too harsh depending on the brew which in turn can make your coffee eat the milk in the cup (Talk about yuck!)
  5. Depending your brew method the ground beans should create a nice crust on the surface. A French Press is an example of a brew method where coffee forms a crust on top often revealing a rainbow from the oils in the ground
  6. Oily coffee is a good sign! Only guarantees a boisterous cup!
click to get back to the top

Milk Foaming Basics While Camping

Back to the Italian basics. Having foamed milk, although not necessary when you brew coffee can complement any morning cup and impress guests, especially while camping or on the go; there are plenty of ways to foam milk

What you need to get started 

  • Your favorite coffee carefully measured
    out (6 ounces of water for every 2 tablespoons of coffee)
  • Any brewing method such as a Stovetop Pot, French Press or Pour Over and of course coffee ground to your liking
  • Either a French Press, Milk Frothing Stick or Whisk

Step # 1

Brew your coffee how ever you like it! Any brewing method works such as a French Press, Moka Pot, Pour Over

Step # 2

Grab your favorite milk and start frothing! (Note: rice milk doesn’t foam nicely so avoid it if wanting good frothed milk)

 

Frothing 101

French Press Method

Now there’s quite a few ways of creating foamed milk easily. The first of which is the French Press way which involves pouring milk that’s about 205 degrees F into the beaker and using the plunger and pump about 5 to 10 times to create that foam. The filter will create air bubbles 

The Whisk Method

Whisking your milk is another option! Although it’s more manual labor it’s by far the easiest in portability. You don’t need much milk to whisk. I like to use a matcha whisk and in a “W” movement you can whisk a little milk and add it to your coffee

Frothing with an electric Frother

Grab your milk and start heating it on a the burner to 205 degree F. Grab your electric frothing stick your pitcher and start frothing your milk until you see microfoam build up. And that’s it! You have foamed milk for your coffee drink.

click to get back to the top

Measuring coffee

         

Measuring beans is up to the beholder in the long run but there is a widely accepted ‘golden rule’ to measuring in the coffee community which is for every 2 tablespoons of coffee you want to add 6 oz of water! Depending on the roast weather it be dark or light you may prefer to add more coffee beans just be extra careful not to over-extract, you might end up with a very bitter taste.

I was surprised to find that most people don’t measure their coffee before brewing, but who would know to unless specifically marked on the packaging or you are someone who found out how much coffee you like measured out in our preferred brewing method. It’s important that if you run out of sweetener or milk that you can still fathom the taste of coffee on its own.

click to get back to the top

Fast track latte!

You want the taste of a latte without the fancy art or the fancy steaming, espresso and work? That can happen, and making a latte is fairly easy at home with minimal equipment. I personally rarely make latte art either which is a bonus unless its time to entertain guests.

A latte is easiest to make in a Moka Pot because it is generally 2/3 milk and 1/3 espresso, even though Moka Pot’s don’t actually have enough pressure to create true ‘”espresso” it still comes out a very strong coffee drink best suited for latte’s. You can technically make a latte with any coffee even instant because all it requires is coffee and foamed milk; but chances are it won’t be strong and you’ll be yearning for a “real” latte at home experience.

 

 

The Moka Pot method of making a latte:

First choose how you’ll foam your milk, there are plenty of methods. See this article:

Milk Foaming Basics

Step # 1 

Grab any sized saucepan and a small whisk

Step # 2 

Pour your favorite by milk measuring about 2/3 in a preferred cup 

Step # 3

Start brewing your coffee, make sure you have at least enough water to make 1/3 cup of “espresso” for your latte

Step # 4

Turn on the heat for for your milk careful not to burn and use a thermometer to measure the temperature as you whisk in a “W” motion across the pot. Make sure you time it so that your coffee is ready about the same time as your milk. 

Final step (formally known as step # 5)

Then uh you know, pour and enjoy!

click to get back to the top

Which coffee maker?

The answer is: it depends. Anything that makes coffee is a coffee maker, you can throw ground beans in a cup, let it steep than carefully extract the beans from the water with a spoon, that’s technically a coffee maker in itself, not a nice clean way of brewing but in a pinch it’ll work (sort of like cowboy coffee). There’s been countless times where I’d have just a bag of beans and a cup. I’d even grind the beans by hand by either smashing them with a tool (anything that’s clean and heavy will do) and throw them in a cup. You have to learn how to filter coffee through your teeth or a cloth rather.

On the go or at home?

How much coffee do I need and where am I brewing it?

Camping/backpacking you might want to grind it beforehand and bring the beans in an airtight container, unless you want to travel with a portable grinder and whole beans!

Am I brewing it for me or a group?

Espresso? French Press?

French presses are a little messy to deal with on the go. I would recommend a stove-top espresso maker if you’re traveling. It’s lightweight at easy to store.

What’s my heat source? Stovetop? Campfire? Electric?

Heat source determines the brew method! If you’re bringing a stove or a fancy electric kettle on the road then brewing with a French Press or a Pour-over makes more sense than trying a campfire. A campfire is a little more complicated but it can work for boiling water in a pot if you are burning dry tinder, the least ash in the pot the better. That’s why I always recommend a stove-top pot because it is sealed from the outside!

How much coffee do I have and is it a whole bean or ground?

The bean type depends on the grinder. Some people prefer pre-ground coffee because it is more portable but some are snobs like me and like to dose it correctly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works cited:
LeBouf RF, Aldridge M. Carbon monoxide emission rates from roasted whole bean and ground coffee. J Air Waste Manag Assoc. 2019 Jan;69(1):89-96. doi: 10.1080/10962247.2018.1515125. Epub 2018 Oct 19. PMID: 30148693; PMCID: PMC6430709.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *