Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The "Perfect" Iced Coffee

I have been working on trying to find the perfect iced coffee recipe for a while. I thought I had found it last year but as time went by I still was not 100% happy with the way I was making it. I did lots of research online and honestly had a really hard time finding much information. I am to the point now that I am pretty happy with the results I am getting. :)

All that being said here is what you will need.

Vanilla Syrup (or your favorite flavor)
Ground coffee or whole coffee beans to grind yourself (I personally prefer Starbucks)
Shot glass
French press

Step one:
  • Measure out 4 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of COLD FILTERED water
  •  Pour the COLD FILTERED water into your french press and then add the coffee grounds
  • Stir the water and coffee gently until all the grounds are wet
  • Place the french press lid on the pot and do not press the filter down 
  • Let this mixture sit overnight or around 12 hours
Step two:
  • After the mixture has set overnight press the filter down slowly. Your coffee mixture is now ready to use or refrigerate for use at a later time.
Step three:
  •  Measure out 1/2 cup of coffee, 1-1/4 cups milk, and two shot glasses of syrup (I use vanilla)
  • Combine the milk, coffee, vanilla syrup, and some ice in a glass
Step four:
  • ENJOY!!!!!!

Now as you enjoy that yummy iced coffee, I have a few more things to add. First, I like my coffee really sweet and creamy so if you don't then adjust accordingly. Also, one of the secrets I discovered is using filtered water! I am on city water so this seems to make a huge difference in the flavor of the coffee for me. I also found that either a blonde or medium blend of whole bean coffee has the best flavor. Whole bean is better if you have a grinder and can grind the beans just before you make the cold brew. Do  not use a dark espresso bean! If you do you will end up with a bitter charcoal/pencily flavor. :) The last thing I want to add is to make sure you follow the ratio of coffee to water that I recommend. If you do not use enough coffee grounds you will not get the right flavor.

There you have it! That is my version of the perfect iced coffee recipe. If I keep experamenting (which I am sure I will) and come up with another improvement I will be sure to update this recipe.:) Hope you enjoy!

Oh and in case anyone is wondering Starbucks is not paying me to promote them or anything like that. I just really like their products. ;)

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