When is it too good to drink hot coffee with brown sugar? My guess is that many individuals would say RIGHT NOW. When doesn’t it make sense to buy over $5.00 for an iced coffee? Again, my answer would have to be RIGHT NOW.
I am not recommending that anyone give up white sugar forever or stopping by your favorite coffee shop to indulge in a treat. I am recommending that we take our love for that addictive bitter coffee and turn it into something better by switching to iced coffee with brown sugar and not costing us a lot of money every time we purchase it.
So that leaves us with: iced coffee with brown sugar.
And, aside from that, it has also health benefits compared to using white sugar. Brown sugar is rich in minerals and vitamins. The main benefits of brown sugar are its appearance, a molasses taste and more minerals.
Benefits of Brown Sugar vs. White Sugar
Now, let’s compare the benefits between brown sugar and white sugar.
01. Manufacturing Process
Raw sugar, which looks brown, goes through less processing than white sugar or brown sugar. Once the manufacturers remove the juice from sugar cane, the juice is boiled and filtered. Spinning the crystals in a centrifuge creates raw sugar crystals, which has molasses.
White or table sugar goes through further processing and granulation which leads to finer crystals; the molasses are then removed. Brown sugar is refined white sugar with additional molasses, on the other hand, turbinado sugar is raw sugar with just the surface molasses removed.
Raw sugar has rougher crystals than refined white or brown sugar, which provides the sugar a more organic feel. Because it has the appearance of a more “organic” product, some people may find them more appealing.
Raw and brown sugar both have a little bit more minerals compared to white sugar, since they have molasses. According to an article from New York Times, although brown sugar provides you minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, the amounts are too small to give a real health advantage. One teaspoon serving of brown sugar has just 0.02 milligrams of ion, for instance – which is a small amount of the everyday 8 milligram requirement for men and 18 milligrams for women who are in their childbearing age.
The molasses in brown and raw sugar provides it a quite different flavor, which can be an advantage if you prefer the flavor of molasses. According to the New York Times article, brown and raw has between 5 percent and 10 percent molasses with darker brown sugar having bigger amounts.
Brown Sugar Iced Coffee Recipe
For true iced coffee you do not, I repeat, do not want to just brew up a pot of your favorite blend and allow it to go cold. Hot brewed or leftover coffee will give you a bitter iced coffee. Instead you should cold brew your coffee. By cold brewing your coffee, you will have a less bitter drink that is ideal for mixing with a number of ingredients.
For the most part, you want to use a coarsely ground coffee to create your cold brewed drink, and for those of you who have a favorite brand, you can go right ahead and use them. You can choose to have caffeine or use decaf. On the other hand, because most of the time cold coffee is mixed with other ingredients, you can just use a cheaper blend and still enjoy the taste of the coffee beans.
The follow recipe can be made pareve if you like to serve them after a heavy dinner or if have allergies to dairy. I would recommend you use rice milk, almond milk or soy milk rather than the coffee creamers, which a) for the most part are dairy and b) have a lot of additives and chemicals in their ingredients.
For this recipe, you should have hot coffee to begin the process.
- 1½ to 2 cups hot coffee (the stronger the better)
- 1/3 to ½ cup caramel dessert topping
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1½ cups cold milk
- Ice cubes
- Optional: whipped cream, ground cinnamon, extra caramel sauce for garnish.
In a bowl mix the hot coffee and the caramel topping (you can fudge the amounts if you like a more caramel or coffee taste). Put sugar and whisk to mix.
Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until the mixture is cold.
When you’re ready to serve, fill two tall glasses with crushed ice and fill about 1/3 of each glass (or more if you like) with milk. Then fill the glass with the coffee mixture and stir to mix.
You can add whipped cream, extra caramel sauce or a dash of cinnamon.
The above recipe has particular amounts for the ingredients, but know with a coffee drink some people will want a strong tasting drink while other people will like it sweeter. Feel free to experiment with the amounts of milk to coffee to brown sugar to flavoring if your tongue tells you the recipe needs some tweaks. It won’t ruin your coffee. As a matter of fact, you may just find yourself creating a whole new drink.
If you haven’t tried brown sugar with your coffee, then it’s high time you try it. Because you’re missing a lot. Not only will it make your coffee taste good, but it will also bring health benefits to your body. Have you tried brown sugar with your coffee? What’s your experience? I would love to hear your stories. Please share them in the comments section below and like our Facebook page. You may get a free coffee guide from us. Happy drinking!