cold cold coffee

In an effort to keep summer around a little longer, I’ve been drinking homemade iced coffee like crazy.  I’ve even been buying bagged Sonic ice to use in my coffee.  (I know, my coffee drinking habits have absolutely no effect on the change in weather, and I’m only fueling my denial of reality: winter is nearly here.  Check out my blog post from this time last year.  Aaaak!)

{half-caff iced coffee with milk in a cool $5 cup I found at Target 🙂 }

The following is a repost from last summer when I discovered the deliciousness that is cold-brewed coffee:

Ever tried it?  Cold-brewed coffee is significantly lower in acid than hot-brewed (which means it’s much easier on the stomach), and turns out smoother and tastier.

Many cold-brewed coffee drinkers are fans of the Toddy system (which I’ve never used), but I’ve been cold brewing in my french press and it works just fine.  Here’s basically what I do, using a ratio of about 3/4 c. coarsely ground coffee for 3 cups (24 oz) water:

  • Pour ground coffee in the press and add the water.
  • Stir the coffee into the water with a spoon–make sure all the grounds are wet.
  • Wait 6-8 hours or overnight.  I store mine in the fridge (if there’s room!) but it’s not necessary.
  • Press down slowly on the plunger, then pour the concentrate into an airtight container.  The concentrate can be refrigerated for up to a week or so without changing the flavor.
  • To make a cup of coffee, either add hot water, cold water, milk or cream to the concentrate.  The ratio depends on how strong you want your cup to be.

I don’t sweeten my coffee and the kids still want to drink it…it’s just that smooth and not at all bitter.

If you’re craving something sweeter, try this recipe for blended iced coffee.



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6 Responses to cold cold coffee

  1. Andrea says:

    We did this yesterday and it was soooo good: better than Starbucks! I, too, have a similar cool eko cup from BBB, love it! Thanks for the recipe and for saving me money!

  2. lettucepraise says:

    Yay, I’m so glad you liked it!


  3. dan says:

    So you don’t add boiling water? just faucet-temperature water?

  4. dan says:

    I mean when you pour it in the press…

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