Four years ago we moved to Massachusetts. Up to that point, I considered iced coffee a specialty drink that I would get on very rare occasions at a coffee shop. Oh, but Massachusetts changed my entire thinking on this topic. They drink iced coffee like Southerners drink sweet tea. I’m serious! Even in the dead of winter you will see people walking around with their iced coffees. And so began my love affair with iced coffee.
I first started making it by brewing a pot of coffee and cooling it. Seems reasonable, right? Then, a couple of years ago I watched a documentary on coffee and I learned that cold brewed coffee has the best taste. So I googled (I am addicted to googling) and, sure enough, the way to make iced coffee is not at all to brew a pot and then chill it. No, you must brew it cold. I have since changed my ways, and I do believe that I can make an iced coffee that will rival any coffee shop’s version. It is much cheaper too.
There is something about the process of cold brewing that makes the coffee less acidic. It gives it a really smooth taste. Try it. You will not go back. It is so easy and so delicious!
I use my French Press. If you don’t have one, though, no worries. Just mix it in a bowl and after it has brewed, pour it through a strainer or a cheese cloth (my neighbor gave me that tip).
It is that easy.
In the summer I brew some nearly every night. I just keep it in a jar in the refrigerator. That way when I want an afternoon cup or a friend comes over, I nearly always have some available.
I am not sure why I am even writing it out as a recipe. Truthfully, it will depend on your coffee beans and how strong you like it. Just remember, you should think of it more as a concentrate, so make it stronger than you would hot coffee.
- 1/2 cup coarsely ground coffee
- 2-3 cups of room temperature water
- Milk (I go by the color!)
- Sugar to taste
Let coffee and water stand overnight. Strain and add milk, sugar, and ice.
If you have never tried the cold-brewed method for an iced coffee, you will love the taste. Try it!
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