How To

How to make sun-brewed coffee

With the warmer spring weather, I tried something different when making my coffee one day: I decided to brew it using the sun’s heat. I was hoping for a different, milder taste and I was right!

The basic coffee-making equation doesn’t change: use your favorite coffee, use as much or as little of it as you prefer — but instead of putting it in the coffee machine, put it in a glass pitcher and add cold, filtered water. Then, cover the pitcher to stop insects or dust from getting into it and set it on the window sill or somewhere outside, in direct sunlight.

Monitor it periodically. Once it gets hot to the touch, the coffee’s done. You can leave it out a little longer if you want a stronger coffee, or leave it less if you don’t. I live in a temperate climate and in moderately warm spring weather (18-25° Celsius), my coffee was ready in 1½ – 2 hours. If you live in a warm climate, it should be ready even faster, maybe even in 30 minutes or so.

The taste of sun-brewed coffee is unique: it’s mild with no bitter aftertaste and there’s a distinct caramel flavor to it.

A few pieces of advice:

  • Use alkaline water, it will make it taste even better
  • Use a French Press, it’ll make it much easier to pour the coffee out of the pitcher once it’s ready
  • Use regular filter-ground coffee even though you’re using a French Press… it doesn’t make sense at first, but know that the water temperature in the sun will only be about 40-50° Celsius as compared to 90-100° Celsius with boiling water. This means you’ll need a finer grind in order to get more flavor out of the coffee. 

Enjoy!

Sun-brewed coffee

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After about three months on hiatus, during which we re-purposed one of the rooms in our house as a studio for the show and renovated it from top to bottom, we’re back with a new episode of Ligia’s Kitchen!

It’s a recipe for Kombucha Tea, a delicious probiotic beverage that will replenish your body with a much-needed enzyme and vitamin soup. You can grow Kombucha in your pantry (it needs a dark, not-too-cold place to grow) and if you’re good to it, you can have a Kombucha colony, so you’ll always have fresh Kombucha on hand should you want it (and you will want it).

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Released 5/28/12

Don’t forget to turn on the subtitles (use the CC button) for this video, because we recorded it in Romanian. We’ll be back to English starting with the next episode.

Cheers!

Video Log

Pressing Grapes through a Traditional Wine Press

This autumn, we made grape juice from our grape harvest, using a traditional wine press. This video shows you the process and explains how the grape juice can be stopped from fermenting using either the traditional method, which involves heating it up, or the horseradish method, which will allow you to keep it raw, unaltered by heat.

You’ll also see appearances from our cats and our white rabbit.

Enjoy!

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Here’s the latest episode from Ligia’s Kitchen: a fun mocktail we call “The Elixir of Youth“. We had a ton of fun making this video, as you’ll be able to see when you watch it and see the outtakes. The reason the presentation’s different is because YouTube and My Drunk Kitchen asked us to make a video that presents a “post-apocalyptic” cocktail/mocktail. We did our own twist on it and we hope you’ll enjoy it!

The recipe is presented at the end of the video, or you can find it in the video description on YouTube.

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Released 1/2/12

We (Ligia and I) present episode 16 of Ligia’s Kitchen, published for your viewing pleasure late last night. It shows you how to make a nutritious green smoothie. The green smoothie is, of course, a basic raw vegan recipe, but one which is often prepared incorrectly. If the fruits and vegetables used as its ingredients aren’t properly selected, the wrong combinations might give you indigestion or flatulence… While most men enjoy a little potty humor, it’s never funny when others are laughing about us, so do take care to observe this recipe — or other well-known green smoothie recipes — properly.

There is one small correction to the video, which we only observed in the final editing step. It’s only noticeable for those who speak Romanian. Ligia says at one point we should “alter” the kinds of green leafy vegetables used in the green smoothie. What she meant to say was “alternate”, or switch between various kinds of leafy vegetables, so as to offer some needed variety in the taste of this daily drink.

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Released 5/2/11

This week’s recipe for Ligia’s Kitchen is gingerade, also known as ginger ale. It’s similar in taste to lemonade, but it’s got that special ginger kick.

English subtitles are available on YouTube (toggle them on/off with the CC button).

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Released 3/7/11

Episode 8 of Ligia’s Kitchen is out, as of a few minutes ago. This week’s recipe is raw almond milk. It’s easy, quick, delicious and economical. But don’t take my word for it. Try it out for yourselves!

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Released 1/30/11

Reviews

I like Snapple Lime Green Iced Tea

Not much to say other than I like it. I had it this past week, and it’s got a nice, refreshing taste. I already like green tea anyway, and if you’re going to flavor it with lime, then sweeten it just right, I can’t say no. Oh, and it’s definitely much better than this stuff.

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