Overnight Cinnamon Iced Coffee and Cream

November 10, 2014

Contrary to what this blog might have you believe, I do not live a perfect life. I’m aware that some of my pictures suggest otherwise, with pretty little desserts on gently marbled countertops adorned with flowers picked with the garden. But really, it’s all an illusion — the camera captures just a teeny tiny space of my life. Outside the frame are stacks of messy dishes, piles of laundry and smelly takeout lunches where I eat and hunch over my computer wearing unfashionable technical fabric gymwear.

Because in addition to this food blog, I work fulltime at a software company. It’s often hard to balance the two at the same time — something often gives. There are the lunches that I work through and try to get as much done as I can so I can go home and bake, and the times when I show up to blogger events looking like a slob because I’ve forgotten that it’s not really socially acceptable to wear plaid shirts and yoga pants anywhere else besides my office (where most of the dudes seem to think that Vibram toe shoes are the final word in fashion).

My frequently hectic life in which I balance both my career and my blog has led to an increasing envy to those who practice “slow living”; that is, those who deliberately choose to do less as “less is more”. In this practice, choosing to do less means choosing to do things that have more meaning and fulfillment. Popular advocates of this concept include Kinfolk, the purposefully minimal magazine/blog that the New York Times has dubbed as the “Martha Stewart Living of the Portland Set”, and Sunday Suppers, a family dinner turned blog turned communal cooking center and studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Indeed, the new Sunday Suppers cookbook serves as a something of a bible for slow living. Karen Mordechai, the creator of Sunday Suppers, fills the cookbook with several course menus for occasions like summer picnics, winter nights and other events focusing on gathering a crowd around a communal table. Her gospel? Good food fuels good conversation. The recipes are seasonally-driven, delicious, and most surprising of all, straightforward — to wit, a suggested entree for a children’s birthday party was a simple, nourishing recipe for black beans and rice. Upon receiving the linen bound book, I dog-eared several of the recipes for reference later, but found myself flipping through the cookbook again and again to browse through Karen’s beautiful photography and evocative menus.

The recipe that called out to me the most, however, was this recipe for overnight cinnamon-infused ice coffee:

To quote Karen, “Adding a little spice to your coffee is a neat trick; it makes it taste just a bit fancier.” No arguments from me there. The recipe was incredibly easy to make, prep time for the coffee is minimal and took less than five minutes of active time. Steeping it overnight really allowed the cinnamon to work its way into my full-bodied Stumptown coffee. This coffee was a great start to the day and definitely made my morning a little bit brighter.

Some baker's notes:
  • Not a fan of cinnamon? You could probably use other spices to infuse the coffee with. I would try fresh vanilla beans, cardamom pods, or chicory for starters. Don't be afraid to experiment! You can also combine different flavors and herbs together — just be sure not to use too many spices as it can get intense fast.

Overnight Cinnamon Iced Coffee
(Recipe from Sunday Suppers)




Special Equipment:

For the Overnight Cinnamon Iced Coffee and Cream:
(makes 3 to 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup fresh coffee beans, medium coarsely ground
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ice cubes, for serving
  • heavy cream, for serving
  • simple syrup, for serving


For the Overnight Cinnamon Iced Coffee and Cream:
  1. Place the 1/2 cup ground coffee and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a 16-ounce French press coffee pot. Add 4 cups boiling water, stir, cover and allow the coffee to steep for 4 minutes. Then insert the plunger and press it down. Transfer the coffee to a pitcher and add 1 cinnamon stick. Allow to cool to room temperature, before refrigerating overnight.

  2. When ready to serve, pour over ice cubes, adding heavy cream or simple syrup to taste.



  1. yes, yes, yes to slow living and cinnamon in coffee :)

    also, as i type this i'm wearing sweats and an unfashionable top that is not fit for public. so at least you got me one up on me with your technical fabric gymwear ;)

  2. Beautiful photos! I reaaaallllyy need to get my hands on that book. That linen cover is so gorgeous. I hear you about envying the slow life AND trying to balance a blog with a full-time job. Ugh. Can we all just be professional bloggers, please? Or at least have like a million more hours in a day? K thanks.

  3. Perfect capture of the beautiful moment when the milk mix with coffee!
    Everything you own is so adorable. Jealous!
    I also love how simple this is, thanks for sharing!
    Keep it coming!

  4. I agree with slow living and "downshifting" as a lifestyle choice but hmmm.. isn't it funny that even in simple living there's all this shit people want to sell you? Case in point: "capsule wardrobes" where bloggers spend months looking for the "perfect" "ethical" "local" t-shirt? All that swanning and then the blogger just goes ahead and buys Everlane, which is fine, but everybody else was already doing that. It's just another excuse for consumerism

    1. If you try to think too much about things intended as self-congratulatory exercises then you will always be confused :P

  5. Yes, the most interesting thing about blogging is that almost always you show only the pretty part of your life...people don't like reading about your problems , they have lots of them on their own. And our task is to make them forget about trouble. So blogging not always means to do what we want but to provide our audience with positive emotions)

  6. after blogging for a couple of years, i have come to understand that blogging paints a pretty picture but its not always perfect.i gravitate more towards writers or blogs who are open about it because you can relate so much more to it. being a full time dietitian and wanna-be food bloggers, its so hard to balance things, i wish i could do more with social media to promote my contents and connect with others but its incredibly difficult.

  7. Hehe aw yes Michelle isn't it true? That little compartmentalized space we use for beautiful photos ... outside my photo frame are also: piled dishes, my son's toys/books/clothes where he leaves them like a breadcrumb trail and much more! like steph above (haha) i am wearing the weirdest outfit today, horrible fleece pants and my husband's very ratty faded-to-grey tshirt... funny i talked about "slowness" on my blog today, too - meditative baking! i think we're all grasping for something quieter and more deliberate. LOVE the photos, michelle, and that gorgeous GIF! i need to check out that book! xo

  8. I love how simple and fancy this recipe is, CAN'T wait to try it! Also, love the pic where the milk and coffee mix.

  9. It's such a constant challenge to find balance between blogging, working, and what's supposed to be your free time. I look up to everyone, including you, who seem to be handling it quite well. I'm already a bit nervous about how I'll manage to find time for blogging when I start to work full-time next fall (I'm still studying + working part-time and am, thus, quite flexible with my work and blogging hours). Luckily, I still have time to figure that out.
    This iced coffee looks wonderful! I'm about to give myself Sunday Suppers for Christmas and can't wait to get lost in its stories and recipes. I'm a big fan of flavored coffee (especially cardamom in winter), so I'm definitely going to make a batch of this cinnamon dream soon. Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. That GIF!!!!


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