iced coffee at home.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

iced coffee at home

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.

enjoy!

photo by marcus nilsson.

15 comments:

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

ooor... instead of sugar syrup, try sweetened condensed milk ;)

megan said...

Same goes for tea! Put a tea bag in cold water and let it steep - overnight for red tea, a hour or two for green and less for black. It doesn't get that bitter taste.

Rebeka said...

I worked at a coffee shop off and on for like 8 years (summers, breaks from school, etc.) and we actually made iced coffee both ways. We called the cold brew kind "toddy" and we mixed it with water and served it.

Iced coffee is my favorite way to drink coffee in the summer. $4 seems like a LOT for a cup of cold coffee, oohh NYC. :)

Jesse said...

exactly how i make mine except i put it in the fridge overnight and skip the ice.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Here here to syrup!

dinaclabaugh said...

I've never made it this way. No matter that it still looks (and feels) like winter in Minnesota I am going to whip this up every day next week. Bring on summer drinks! Thanks for the inspiration Becca!

Sam | ashore said...

I remember when I learned this last summer (from a similar post on Reading My Tea Leaves) and it was life changing (maybe an exaggeration, maybe not). Cold Press is just water + coffee, sitting over night? Mind blown!

inpursuitofsomethingnew said...

This is just the recipe I need. A 4 dollar iced coffee from Starbucks every morning is really digging a hole in my wallet...

curiouscovetous said...

thanks! is this what's also called cold brewed?

Melinda DiOrio said...

Thanks for this post. I have a french press but had no idea that this is the best way to make ice coffee! Will definitely try it since I agree $4 coffees on a regular basis just aren't that doable!

rebecca said...

curious covetous-
yep! cold brewed coffee.

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Anonymous said...

Hmmm, as a reader from Greece, we are huge ice coffee drinkers, 2 of the most popular coffees are based on espresso, we call it Freddo espresso! So a double shot of espresso, then shake rigorously and pour over a glass of crushed ice!!!

Vernna LeeRoy said...
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Coffee EveryDay said...

i like making ice coffee at home
lori @ best coffee maker

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