Cold-brewed iced coffee makes preparation of that pleasurable morning cup of coffee a breeze
I have always loved the smell of freshly ground coffee and the tantalizing aroma as it brews in the early morning. To start my day there is nothing quite as comforting as a steaming hot cup of coffee on a cold winter morning; but, in Arizona hot coffee doesn’t have quite the same appeal on a summer morning after walking my dog, Chloe. A tall glass of iced coffee is just what I need. Cool, creamy and delicious. There is no reason to spend $4.00+ at the local coffee house, or to buy those nasty pre made cans or cartons of iced coffee (filled with additives). All you have to do is make a batch of cold brew coffee tonight (enough to last for several days) and be ready to enjoy your special cup tomorrow morning – and several mornings after that. One batch lasts five or six days, depending on how much I drink each morning.
- 8 cups water
- 2 cups freshly ground coffee (coarse ground works best – regular or decaf)
- Place the coffee in a large bowl with a pouring spout. Add the water and strain thoroughly until coffee is well-mixed (no lumps).
- Cover and let it “brew” at room temperature 8-12 hours.
- Next morning – strain the coffee through a sieve lined with a paper coffee filter. This takes some time since you will have to pour a little at a time until all the coffee is filtered.
- Toss the grounds and pour the filtered coffee into a large container with a screw-on cap and refrigerate.
- Your coffee is now ready to pour over ice, add your preferred ingredients, and enjoy!
I prefer the following combination for a delicious morning treat
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes and add the following:
- 1 to 1½ cup of cold-brewed coffee
- 1/3 cup almond and/or coconut milk (Try Califia Farms™ Pure Coconut/Almond Milk Blend)
- (OR – Make your own almond milk – see post)
- 1-2 tablespoons half-and-half (optional – I happen to like cream)
- 1 packet Stevia (natural sweetener)
- 1-2 tablespoons Hershey’s™ Chocolate Syrup (optional – sometimes I use it, sometimes I don’t)
Make your first batch today and start experimenting. Find the perfect combinations that suit your particular taste. ENJOY!