Coconut Milk Ice Cubes For Coffee

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I love my morning coffee. I start my day with a glass of water, or warm water with lemon, to jump-start my body and give it a little cleansing. After that I have tea or coffee depending on the day and season. We’ve been trying new coffees in the Divine household and it’s been really fun… and sometimes gross! Ah the joys of trying coffee you’ve never tasted before!

I am one of those folks who doesn’t want to wait for my coffee to cool, but I also don’t want to sip it while it’s burning hot. I’m looking for just the right temperature so I can drink it and not scald my insides. This is hard to achieve as I don’t use creamers with the exception of a little full fat canned organic coconut milk, and I don’t use enough to cool it much. The bad thing about using canned coconut milk is that it goes bad in the fridge very quickly. I’ve emptied a can into a glass jar and had it go bad in the fridge after just 2 days! That is a waste and I really, really, really do not like wasting food products. So many people are starving all over the world and we have a huge epidemic of food wastefulness, especially in the US. I try very hard to not waste food and drinks because of this.

I really enjoy cold coconut milk in my coffee though! It gives my coffee a yummy flavor, especially with a little maple syrup stirred in as well. Heaven! ❤ I got a random idea last week to use tiny storage containers to make coconut milk ice cubes while pondering how to fix my coffee/milk dilemma. I have no idea if this has been done before, but I was excited to give it a go! Thankfully Amazon sells everything and with Prime shipping I get things at my door very fast.

I worry about just pouring milk into an ice-cube tray and leaving it open on top where things can get in it, so I decided to get a set of 10 small round food storage containers with lids. This way I could stack them and get more than a typical ice-cube worth of milk at a time. I figured I’d experiment with it to find what works the best. I poured organic coconut milk into each container evenly so all 10 had milk in them. I had a few extra square containers that I put milk in as well because I had a little left in my fridge that I didn’t want to go bad.

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This morning I got up and brewed a cup of coffee with excitement in heart to try out my coconut milk ice cubes! Yes, this is what excites me in life. It’s the small things people! ❤ I ran the closed containers under hot water to loosen them up enough to pop out and dump into my hot coffee. I added a little maple syrup and stirred. Success!

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The coconut milk ice cubes melted into yumminess and helped cool my coffee down so it was drinkable! I had a very nice cup of tasty deliciousness while I worked on prints this morning! (^.^) I will fill the containers a little bit less next time as it was a pretty big cube, but other than that I have no complaints.

I have a friend whose husband is severely allergic to coconut milk so I wanted to mention that this can be done with other milks as well! If you are dairy free like our family is, give it a try with rice or soy milk, or something else you enjoy! Don’t feel you have to use the exact milk we do. 🙂

If you try out milk ice cubes leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

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Review – Gevalia Kaffee Espresso Roast

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Mr. Divine and I are always on the lookout for yummy coffee that doesn’t cost a ton. I liked the last ones we tried but Mr. Divine thought they were just okay. We decided to give Gevalia Kaffe Espresso Roast a try because Mr. Divine used to enjoy it years ago. We knew we’d be getting weaker flavor as we are using it in a regular coffee maker, but we still wanted to give it a go.

I’ve been having stomach issues the last 2 days since we started using it. I’m not sure if it is the harshness of it or the fact that Gevalia states their coffees all have traces of gluten in them. I have no idea what “traces” quantifies, but it’s enough that they make it clear their coffee is not GF.

Last night was the worst. I had sharp stomach pains that didn’t go away until I took some apple cider vinegar. My stomach swelled and I looked a good 6 months pregnant – which I am not. I was uncomfortable most of the night. I feel a lot better this morning, but my stomach is still a little bloated and sore.

Now we head back to the store to see if we can find something that doesn’t make me sick. I would try a different type of Gevalia coffee but I’m concerned about the aftermath. I have no way of knowing what made me sick or if it’s something I’ll experience with their other coffees as well. Too bad!

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