Iced Coffee

So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s HOT out.  Like, really hot.  We’ve had two back-to-back heat waves in MA, which is ridiculous.  Wildfires going bonkers out west too… I can;t even imagine what that’s like.

I never know how to dress on crazy hot days, because my office is set to a constant state of freeze-your-danglies-off temperatures.  Why ON EARTH do offices do this?  Is it so the few people with extra sweat glands will be comfortable?  I truly don’t understand how keeping it that could would be comfortable to anyone, unless you’re in your 3rd trimester.

Anyway, back to the heat outside. Although it doesn’t make me rush to cook too much (standing in front of a stove on a 93-degree day?  No thanks.), there is something I was all too happy to experiment with:  iced coffee.  Since coffee is one of my main food groups (I wish I was kidding), I love to sip on this cold, sweet, caffinated treat all day long in the summer.  Like everything I ingest, eventually I thought I could make this!

So, I did.  The result?  Good, but not efficient.  I say this for two reasons:  one, you need to make it the night before, and two, you need to use A TON of grounds.  The water-to-coffee ratio recommended to me was 3 to 1, meaning three cups of water per cup of grounds.  That’s a lot, in case your k-cup making has forced you to forget how much that is.  For my “normal” caraffe coffee maker, my ratio is much more like 5 or 6 to 1, and I make strong coffee.  I altered it below.

Anyway, it is a slow process, but a simple one.  If you have patience, give it a try!  And for today’s left-overs, pour them in the ice cube tray and make coffee cubes. IMG_5511 They will ensure your iced coffee doesn’t get watered down by regular iced cubes!  Cool?  Very. IMG_5515

Materials:

  • large container or bowl
  • spoon
  • coffee filter
  • mesh strainer
  • measuring cup

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of ground coffee
  • 2 cups of water
  • ice

Directions:

  1. Place grounds in large container.  Pour water over grounds.IMG_5490
  2. Stir until well combined.IMG_5493IMG_5494
  3. Place in fridge over night (about 12 hours).IMG_5506
  4. Using a coffee filter and mesh strainer,IMG_5505 filter coffee from grounds.IMG_5512
  5. Enjoy as you like it!IMG_5527

Iced Coffee

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

IMG_5527

  • large container or bowl
  • spoon
  • coffee filter
  • mesh strainer
  • measuring cup

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of ground coffee
  • 2 cups of water
  • ice

Directions:

  1. Place grounds in large container.  Pour water over grounds.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Place in fridge over night (about 12 hours).
  4. Using a coffee filter and mesh strainer, filter coffee from grounds.
  5. Enjoy as you like it!

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