Holding on to summer with some COCONUT COFFEE!

essellesse talks coconut coffee!

It’s no secret- I’m having a major moment with coconut. MAJOR.

I find I can’t get enough of the scent and the taste.

One of my all time favourite things to get from Trader Joes is their summer time cold brew. From June – August, you can get their coconut cold brew & let me tell ya: that stuff is pure magic.

essellesse talks coconut coffee

I’m obsessed with it and whenever Erik & I go to TJ’s, we stock up. Well, it’s now September so it has since left the shelves {though it won’t stop me from going to TJ’s to see if there’s any left today} so over the summer, I’ve been playing with coconut in my coffee to get my fix when it leaves.

First off, it’s beyond easy. Literally, just mix your coffee grounds with some coconut. You guys know I love to make sexy coffee brews – it’s an easy way to get added nutrition & health benefits in the already nutritious coffee.

Let’s talk coconut health benefits real quick. Coconut is a great source of Vitamins C, B’s, & E as well as various minerals like seleneium & magnesium, and fatty acids, lauric acid in particular. It’s an MCT {medium chain triglycerides} & benefits include weight management, lowered cholesterol, & keeps skin bouncy. Another way to get these benefits are through coconut oil.

essellesse talks coconut coffee
essellesse talks coconut coffee

For the coffee, I keep it raw. You can toast it if you like for a more caramelized flavour but I personally like the freshness of raw coconut. It tastes a little more “tropical”.

To toast, just heat the coconut flakes over low hear until they turn a nice tan. Watch it like a hawk though or it can burn in the blink of an eye. Store in an airtight container!

We use whole bean coffee {the Carabou Daybreak is my FAV!} & grind in a spice grinder. I got this exact one since it’s what Cooks Illustrated reccomended and that’s my bible in the kitchen.

In the grinder, grind together the coffee beans and the coconut. This makes everything nice and fine & releases some of the oils. If using preground coffee, just mix the coconut with it.

Then brew coffee & coconut as you would! We use a french press around the house since it’s so easy and makes the perfect amount of coffee for one or two.

In fact, what’s also REALLY good is to blend it in a nutribullet {i blend hot things in it ALL the time} with some hemphearts & coconut oil. Super frothy, healthy, chock full of MCTs, & damn good.



I also like to make a cold brew out of this too to make my TJ dreams come true. Now this is NOT a purist cold brew recipe… I’m lazy… but it’s easy & it’s delicious & I make it in a mason jar.

Basically, in a 16 oz mason jar, do 4 tablespoons of coarsely ground {important! keeps things from getting too cloudy} coffee & 2-4 tbsps of shredded coconut – depending how much flavour you want. Seal the jar with the lid, give it a shake & let it sit on the counter for 24 hours. Strain with a fine mesh strainer and keep in an airtight container {I put it in a container to strain and then back in the jar}. If you use a larger mason jar like a 32 oz one, just double the amount of coffee & coconut. Easy!

Then in a cup, do 1 part cold brew, 1 part water, & 1 part of the milk of your choosing. I really love it with vanilla hemp or coconut milk & a sprinkle of cinnamon!

Sooooo good!

essellesse talks coconut coffee

essellesse talks coconut coffee!

One thing I’ve noticed is that the coffee turns out slightly lighter in colour than my normal black coffee. I assume it’s from the coconut? But either way, its DELICIOUS & so easy.

Anyways, I can’t get enough & it’s been basically a pernament addition to my superfood coffee. Also, check out this post to see other things I like to put in coffee. Already over summer & want some pumpkin action? I gotcha covered with my pumpkin hemp milk! Add this to your coffee or black tea & trust me, it’s better than anything you can get at Starbucks… & uses real pumpkin too!

essellesse talks coconut coffee

I can’t believe Labor Day came & went. This summer was an absolute blur! Florida was a blast as well.. I’ll have a few recaps coming soon but I am really looking forward to a low key September. September & October are some of the nicest months in San Francisco so I’m looking forward to some sunshine & warmer weather.

Let me know if you give the coffee a go! & let me know anything else I should add to my morning brew. It’s one of my fav ways to get in some of my crazy lil superfoods. Speaking of, Erik is on the collagen coffee train & I gotta say, his skin is looking better than ever! 😉

xx SLS


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