Coffee Talk

Coffee is an inevitable part of my every day. I have been drinking hot coffee made with a French Press lately, but I am a tried and true cold brew gal. When I need an extra cup of java while I’m working behind the counter at Green Life, I’ll grab my blue glass coffee jar and head down the street to Cafe Domestique. If my trusty jar is missing, I don’t fret. Domestique has a selection of reusable Huskee cups available for purchase and there is usually one hanging out in the back room at Green Life that I can take back to the cafe and exchange for a clean cup full of my beverage of choice. It’s nice to know that my coffee always flows with me sustainably as I move with it up and down Willy Street. 

When I start picking up steam again with (hopefully) warmer days ahead, I hope to sink back into my cold brew habits. For a long while, before I had a system down for myself,  I was perplexed at the cold brew methods that people would describe to me. Some friends swore on special cold brew pitchers and others stuck to using a French Press to filter out grounds. I’ve found out that neither of these methods are very effective for how much cold brew I like to make at one time. Enter the  DIY Cold Brew Filter from CoffeeSock.

My Mom brilliantly gifted me DIY Cold Brew Filter last year for my birthday and boy howdy is it great! I have a 64 ounce mason jar that I fit my CoffeeSock inside and then pair with loosely measured coarsely ground coffee beans (I eyeball a 1 part water to ¾ part coffee ratio), usually from Wonderstate Coffee or Kin Kin Coffee, fresh water and bam! I have a cold brew concoction that I let sit in the refrigerator for twelve to fourteen hours. Once the cold brew is ready, I simply remove the CoffeeSock, squeeze out the excess liquid, and dispose of the coffee grounds (but hello!!! DIY body scrub alert: mix 1 part coffee grounds to 1 part brown sugar and add one part coconut oil for a luscious exfoliating experience. Be wary of coffee grounds going down the shower drain!). Once the grounds (or most of them) have left the CoffeeSock, I give it a rinse and let it dry on my drying rack. About once a month I boil my CoffeeSock in a pot on the stove to remove excess oils.

All in all, I’m pretty proud of my little coffee routines, be it a trip to a great local shop with an emphasis on reusable cups or a hot or cold coffee ritual in my kitchen. Keep your eyes peeled for a special coffee collaboration with Domestique coming soon. But for now, keep taking your sips of your beverage of choice and thinking Spring!

All the best, 


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Hanna Kohn

Hanna Kohn is the Operations Manager & Marketing Coordinator with Green Life Trading Co. where she has been educating and connecting individuals and small businesses with sustainable products and solutions since 2021. She holds a degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Sustain Dane Master Recycler and Water Steward. When she's not at the shop, Hanna volunteers at WVMO 98.7 FM - Monona's Community Radio Station where she hosts Playhouse, a weekly broadcast of music including contemporary electronic, synth pop and jazz. Connect with Hanna via email: