I love coffee. I try to limit myself to one cup a day, so I like to make that one cup completely worth it. During the winter, I prefer hot coffee made with a french press, but as soon as there is a hint of warmth in the air I like to move on to iced coffee. If you are wondering if it is iced coffee weather, you can always check out: isiticedcoffeeweather.com . I used to just let my hot coffee get cold in the refrigerator, but it never tasted quite right. I always found that it required a lot of milk and sugar. That all changed when I discovered cold brewed iced coffee. Without heat, you create a very smooth, low acidity, highly caffeinated cup of coffee. It is the best of everything. You can make a pitcher full of coffee syrup, and it will last about a week in the refrigerator; that is if you don’t drink it all first.
cold brewed iced coffee
- 1 cup medium coarse ground coffee
- 4.5 cups water // Just use whatever temperature comes out of the tap
- In a pitcher combine the water and coffee grounds. Give it a nice stir, then cover the pitcher. I usually give it another stir after an hour or so to make sure that the grounds are completely saturated.
- Let sit at room temperature for about 12 hours.
- Strain through a coffee filter. [If you are using a gold coffee filter you might find some silt at the bottom of your container that you are straining into. I try not to drink this because I don’t like the texture] Pour into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
To make a cup of coffee:
- Add ice to cup.
- Fill with equal parts of coffee & water.
- Add cream/milk and sugar, if you desire. [I like milk] Stir and enjoy. // Because caffeine is water soluble, you’ll find that cold brewed iced coffee is much more caffeinated than coffee that is pour over brewed. When coffee is typically brewed, the grinds and water only mix for 4-6 minutes. With the cold brewed method, the grinds and water sit for considerable much more time. I would start with equal parts of coffee & water and then fool around with the ratio until you find what you like.