Quickie Wednesdays: Coconut Water Coffee

coffee made with coconut water and espresso powder

Hai Chitlins! Welcome to a new installment on the blog. Quickie Wednesdays (get it? Cuz Wednesdays are hump days, and quickies involve humping? No? Too obvious? {sigh} Tough crowd).

I hope to be sharing with you every other week or so, quick and easy recipes to get you inspired. We’ll cover the basics, like flavored simple syrups, breakfast smoothies, weeknight inspiration. Got ideas or questions? Shoot me an email (thetoastedsprinkle [at] gmail [dot] com) or leave a comment!

Onwards!

This is a recipe for coconut water coffee. I’m not really much of a coffee drinker. I’m hyper-sensitive to caffeine, but really only in coffee form. Isn’t that weird? I could mainline Diet Coke all day every day and not have a problem. Too much coffee and I’m zooming off into outer space.

coffee made with coconut water and instant espresso powder

The first time I ever had coffee was in a cappuccino milkshake from the coffee shop where I worked in college. About an hour after drinking it I had the shakes like DTs. I had no idea what was going on. I’m pretty sure I called my mom worried about it. Took her about five nanoseconds to figure it out. Apparently it runs in the family.

I got through all of college and grad school without ever succumbing to coffee. Basically the only way I can drink it is loaded up with milk and sugar. Basically I like sugar milk with a splash of coffee.

I’m still developing my palate for finer coffees but I have discovered a local brand of iced coffees that I love. RealBeanz are based out of Brooklyn if I’m not mistaken and on a whim one day I picked up a bottle of their Dark Roast made with coconut water. I guess I was feeling adventurous because normally none of those things would appeal to me. And whaddyah know it was like the most delicious heaven I’d ever tasted. And I didn’t get the DTs, so that was a win. Plus it’s made with coconut water so you know it’s healthy.

This recipe is my attempt at recreating their Dark Roast and I think I’ve nailed it. Feel free to adjust the sweeteners to your liking, I tried to keep it minimal but for a true coffee aficionado it may still be a bit sweet.

coffee made with coconut water and instant espresso powder

*Just a Note: I use fat-free sweetened condensed milk as the sweeter and milk in this, I would assume that any milk and sweetener of your preference would work instead though I haven’t tested the ratios so you’re on your own. Not being a serious coffee drinker I have neither a coffee maker nor an espresso machine so I use instant espresso (which I’m sure has made every true-blooded coffee drinker run away screaming). I find it suits me perfectly but if you have an espresso machine by all means use the real deal. If you don’t, strongly brewed coffee should also work.

Coconut Water Coffee
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder (or 1 shot of espresso)
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ice
Instructions
  1. In a large glass combine the espresso powder and boiling water and mix until dissolved. (Alternately use ½ cup strong brewed coffee).
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir until dissolved. If you find it is taking a while, re-heat the mixture and continue stirring.
  3. Once dissolved add the coconut water.
  4. Fill the remaining space in the glass with ice.
  5. Serve immediately.
Notes
I use fat-free sweetened condensed milk as the sweeter and milk in this, I would assume that any milk and sweetener of your preference would work instead though I haven't tested the ratios so you're on your own. Not being a serious coffee drinker I have neither a coffee maker nor an espresso machine so I use instant espresso. I find it suits me perfectly but if you have an espresso machine by all means use the real deal. If you don't, strongly brewed coffee should also work.

 

Comments

  1. says

    I love coconut water coffee! Have you tried Coco Cafe? I was addicted to it last summer. Thanks for the recipe, I’d def trying this out! And, sadly- I also get super jittery from coffee, but I’ve learned to control it by drinking lots of water.

    • says

      OMG I loved coco cafe, and then I saw it had all these hidden calories that I couldn’t figure out so I stopped drinking it. I find that I have to drink water and eat food when I have coffee to avoid the shakes. Glad to hear I’m not alone at least!

    • says

      Hi Sarah, This is the exact espresso powder I use that you can buy on Amazon(affiliate link!) but my local grocery store carries it in the coffee section. Specialty baking stores (like Sur La Table) also sometimes carry it. Good luck! It also goes great in brownies! Just a little big really helps amp up the chocolate flavor.

    • says

      I think it’s still called Coco Cafe isn’t it? In the yellow box? There must be some addictive ingredient in there because I swear I went through withdrawal when I stopped drinking it!

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