Maple Vanilla Cashew Coffee

September 1, 2017

 

 

Thank you so much La Terza Coffee for sponsoring this post! I hope that you grow to love this company as much as I do! 

Coffee Talk: Part IV The Decaf Process coming at you today along with La Terza Roasterie, and if you are one of those crazy decaf drinkers like me, then you will want to read on for sure! Obviously coffee does not come naturally without caffeine, and there are several ways it can be processed. I typically try to find decaffeinated coffees that are processed more naturally, it’s pretty important to me!

So why decaf? I have gotten plenty of eye rolls and have been asked what’s the point plenty of times. But I am so over it so you won’t hear me apologize or feel like any less of a coffee lover! There was a time when I was literally addicted to coffee. And by coffee I mean the caffeine. And that feeling of being controlled by a substance just didn’t sit well with me. I was worthless in the morning before I had my first cup, and make me go a day without it and I was a monster. That’s not healthy in my mind and so I decided to cut out caffeine to see if that helped.

Now mind you, I LOVE coffee, so I never said I was going to cut out coffee, just the caffeine. And yes, there is some caffeine in decaf, but it’s nothing compared to the regular stuff! When I started to wean myself off of caffeine, I took it verrrrrry slow. I knew all about the headaches that came with cold turkey, so I decided to make it a work in progress over time. I started out making my coffee 1/4 decaf and 3/4 regular, and then 1/3 and 2/3, and so on until I was completely on decaf. It was actually pretty painless of a process doing it this way and I couldn’t believe the impact of cutting out all of the caffeine. My sleep, my energy–crazy, right?–and so much other things improved. All from cutting out the caff. Who would have thought?

To be honest, I have found a really happy medium these days. If I feel like I need a little boost, I add just a touch of regular to my coffee, but nothing much. There have been times I have been accidentally been served the real deal and I have had to apologize to those around me numerous times on these occasions. Not pretty. Not pretty at all! Perhaps a bit entertaining for those who have gotten to watch, but not for me!

So this brings me to why I brought up the decaf process. There are actually several ways to decaffeinate coffee and while they are all technically approved and deemed okay for consumption, there are some that use chemicals and there are some that use water. And it just so happens that when I purchased my first pound of La Terza Decaf coffee, the package itself said decaffeinated by water process. Golden!

I don’t know enough about the science of this process other than the fact that the beans are placed under pressurized heated water which swells the beans and then allows the caffeine to be washed away. It’s much more complicated than that, but the fact of the matter is that it’s just water and not chemicals. So that sits quite well with me!

I had done some research a while back and at the time, Starbucks only used the water process for their Sumatra decaf coffee so it doesn’t seem like the most common practice. So if you are in the market for not just a super tasty decaf coffee but also one that is processed in the most natural process possible, then look no further! Check out this coffee from La Terza!


Over the last several months, I have shared some delicious treats and recipes that incorporate La Terza coffee. In case you missed any of them, I will remind you!

We started out with my favorite snack, energy bites, cause I can’t live without them! If you haven’t tried these Superfood Mocha Energy Bites, I promise you need to hurry up and make them now! And then we moved on to a super sweet treat with No Bake Maple Almond Mocha Cheesecake Cups. No bake is my favorite phrase! And cheesecake with coffee as any part of the recipe is a hit in my world! Then I knew we needed a coffee and overnight oats combination and this Vanilla Cold Brew Overnight Oats recipe is quickly becoming quite popular! Coffee and breakfast all in one!

These recipes are so good and have become some of my latest go to recipes, but I thought you may want to know how I drink my coffee when I make it, especially since I am OBSESSED with this coffee!

Maple Vanilla Cashew CoffeeSo I love frothy coffee. There is nothing like a rich, creamy latte. The thing is, I don’t have a coffee shop set up in my house so a latte a day just isn’t happening. And I also find that lattes have a lot more milk than coffee which isn’t always what I want either. So I started trying varying concoctions in which I blended my coffee in the blender and found some of these brought about that same rich froth, but with the convenience of my own home! Win!

And then a few weeks ago, I saw on Pinch of Yum’s Instagram site that they were adding simply cashews, sea salt and honey to their coffee and I drooled over the photos and thought I better try this! And let me tell you, I will never go back. The thick frothy texture and the flavor were perfect. I shifted mine a bit by using maple instead of honey and then added just a drop of vanilla for some flavor. If this is the way I drink my coffee every day from here on out, then I am A.O.K. with that! So simple and so dreamy! If you have coffee and a blender, then you are set to make this your new favorite as well! Give it a try and let me know what you think! I promise you will never go back!

Maple Vanilla Cashew Coffee

Thank you so much La Terza Coffee for sponsoring this post! I hope that you grow to love this company as much as I do! 

Maple Vanilla Cashew Coffee
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 c strong brewed coffee
  2. 1/4 c raw cashews (I honestly just toss in a small handful)
  3. 1-2 tsp pure maple syrup
  4. 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  5. Dash of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a high powered blender.
  2. Start blending on low for about 15 seconds and then shift to high for about 45 seconds.
  3. Pour and serve!
Notes
  1. You could use a cold brew coffee and serve this over ice as well.
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2 Comments

  • Reply Amanda September 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I was so excited for this recipe, but frustrated as I keep getting a huge chunk of cashew pulp at the bottom of my drink. I tried soaking the cashews overnight which reduced it a bit but didn’t eliminate it. Have you had this issue? What do I do to get rid of it?

    • Reply Lorie September 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Sooo I actually had this issue today. Not a lot of pulp but did have a little. And to be honest I used a different brand of cashews which was so weird. I typically use the raw cashews from nuts.com but got some in bulk last week at the grocery. I’m wondering if it’s just a difference in quality? I was thinking of pouring it through a strainer but didn’t want to lose the froth. I’ll see what happens next time and let you know!

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