iced coffee at home.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
i've posted my favorite iced coffee recipe before, but at $4 a cup at the neighborhood cafe, i figure it doesn't hurt to touch on the subject once more. i had always assumed that iced coffee was simply cooled brewed coffee over ice. that being said, i could never figure out why it tasted so much better when i paid $4 at the coffee shop.
here's the trick to cold brew iced coffee:
1. don't make iced coffee in your coffee maker. heat changes the chemistry of the coffee and can give it a bitter flavor when served cold.
2. put medium grind coffee beans in your french press and fill with water. it doesn't matter if the water is cold or room temp, it just shouldn't be hot. give it a stir.
3. cover the press but don't plunge it yet (!) and leave on the counter overnight.
4. in the morning, plunge your press to strain and pour over ice.
5. homemade sugar syrup makes all the difference.
if you don't have a french press, or want to make a bigger batch to keep on hand, stick with this recipe and double the amount.
photo by marcus nilsson.