What do you do with Colombian whole bean coffee? You brew it and drink it, of course! However, there are some ways to get more creative with your coffee if that's something you're interested in doing. Colombian whole bean coffee lends itself well to this creativity since it has a balanced, mild flavor. Here are a few creative things you can make or do with it.

Make Cold Brew

Technically, making cold brew is still brewing coffee, but it is a very different way of brewing than you are probably used to. Cold brewing coffee brings out different notes and flavors from the beans than hot brewing does. So, you could easily make a pot of coffee and a carafe of cold brew, using the same type of coffee beans, and try to two side by side to see how they compare. Colombian coffee lends itself well to cold brew; the fruitier notes really shine with this method.

To make cold brew, start by grinding about 4 ounces of whole coffee beans. Use a coarse grind. Cover the coffee with 16 ounces of water, and put the mixture in the fridge overnight. The next day, filter out the grounds and enjoy. 

Make Coffee Syrup

Coffee syrup is delicious on ice cream, cake, and all sorts of other desserts. Making it with Colombian coffee keeps it from being overpowering in flavor. To make the syrup, you need:

  • 4 ounces whole bean coffee, ground coarsely
  • 6 ounces filtered water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • a pinch of salt

Combine all of the above ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn off the heat, and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Then, filter out the coffee grounds. Use the syrup as desired, and store any extra in the fridge.

After you make this recipe once, you can experiment with additional ingredients to make it your own. Stir in a half teaspoon of vanilla extract after the syrup cools to create a vanilla coffee syrup. Or, add 1/4 cup chocolate sauce to make a mocha syrup.

Colombian whole bean coffee is delicious when brewed and doesn't really need much jazzing up. However, if you are in the mood to get jazzy with it, there are certainly lots of ideas you can use as inspiration. Start with the recipes above and go from there.

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