Monday, July 28, 2014

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee ~ Best Iced Coffee Ever!

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee….amazing!!
Recently, while on FB, my cousin posted about enjoying the best iced coffee ever. Wow! That must be pretty darn good coffee! I was intrigued!  I don’t even drink coffee. I’m a tea aficionado…but my husband, he loves his coffee! So, I decided to check out the recipe and surprise him with a big, tall glass of this very special iced coffee.

Since we are in the middle of summer, and the weather has been quite hot, it sounded like a perfect time to make iced coffee! Besides, now my curiosity was piqued!

I love the way the half and half swirls into the coffee
Iced coffee enthusiasts seem to agree, that the perfect way to make a great iced coffee, is by using the cold brewed method.  Changing the method from hot brew to cold gives you a more delicate flavor, that is less bitter in taste. Also, it will not get as diluted when you add ice and milk. The grounds are placed in a big container, then cold water is poured over them, and they are allowed to steep for at least 8 hours or overnight. The coffee is then poured through a strainer, lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth.  Now refrigerate the coffee concentrate for several hours before serving. You will wind up with an extra-strong concentrate, that is ready to be diluted with ice, half & half, cream or milk.  Are you ready for coffee bliss?

My husband loved this coffee! He has been enjoying a glass or two daily. He said it was as good as the stuff you get from the fancy coffee shops. So, if you love your coffee, and while we’re still in the midst of summer, give this one a try! You won’t be sorry!

Choose a rich strong coffee
Add the grounds to the container, then add the water, and stir….cover and leave for at least 8 hours to steep 
Strain the coffee concentrate into another clean container
Coffee delight…would you like me to pour you a glass?


Best Iced Coffee Ever….Cold Brewed Method


This makes a wonderful coffee “concentrate” to keep in your fridge: iced coffee anyone?

Ingredients:
8 oz. Ground Coffee (a good, Rich Roast)
4 quarts Cold Water
Half-and-half…I used fat free Half and Half, or any Milk that you choose. Skim, 2%, Whole…the choice is yours.
Sweeten to your taste

Preparation:

(Adapted from Imbibe Magazine and the Pioneer Women)

Place the coffee grounds in a large container, pour four quarts of cold water over the grounds, and stir to moisten everything. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.

Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.

Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool for several hours. Now it’s time to enjoy!

To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass ⅔ full with coffee liquid. Add a generous splash of half-and-half, or whatever milk you choose to use, sweeten, then enjoy!!

Thank you Christine!



 

10 comments:

  1. Hi Kathy!
    Okay, so what rock have I been sleeping under. This is the second time today that I have heard of using the cold brew method for iced coffee. Before today, I never heard of it! It all makes sense though and if your husband says it's good, then I must try it on my sister, lol...She is such a fuss pot when it comes to all things coffee. I am too but not as bad as her, lol...And since she is coming to visit when Michele and the kids come, I'll have the perfect opportunity! I'll be pinning this for sure!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy...

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  2. YUM! I am in love with this iced coffee, it looks so refreshing :D
    Need to try!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. Well, I never cared for iced coffee - it just turned my stomach when I drank it. I do love coffee ice cream though! Funny. But reading your post, I'll have to give it another try. I think the iced coffee I have ever tried was "brewed" coffee (leftover), placed in the refrigerator. Your photos make it look so enticing!

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  4. Look delicious I love Ice coffe!

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  5. Gorgeous photos, Kathy. And now I am craving iced coffee!

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  6. Kathy, oh, to have a tall glass of that refreshing iced coffee right now - what a great idea and your pictures are wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Andrea

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  7. I've wanted to try this method for some time now. I keep wondering how well it would work in a French press...hummm I think I really have to try it now!

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  8. I need to give this a try. I love iced coffee. Thanks for sharing:)

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  9. I'm like you - tea is my drink of choice, but I've been reading a lot about this cold brewed coffee so I guess I should try it! Love how that half and half looks! (Would it be wrong to admit that when I drink coffee it is mostly milk with a smidge of coffee for color?)

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  10. My daughter is always saying how much she loves iced coffee. Now that I see your beautiful photos and recipe, I will give it a try!

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