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Cold Brewed Coffee {how to make the perfect iced coffee}

Posted Jun 30 2013 2:45am

Good morning world! Isn’t Sunday the best day ever? Or at least it will be again, in 12 days, as soon as my last exam was written and I could enjoy a day full of not doing anything but reading a book and hanging with my boyfriend in bed all day. For now I am happy that I can share one of this years addictions with you while demolishing my bowl of oats, before hopping back to the papers.

Have you ever wondered why your iced coffee at home never tastes like the one you get in a coffee shop? My first attempts always had the bitter aftertaste of too strong coffee and I had to add so much milk to make it somehow drinkable. But after some research I found a great method to enjoy my favorite beverage ice cold.

Cold Brewed Coffee
cold brewed coffee

All you need is:

  • 1/4 cup of coffee powder (use a good one, it will make a taste difference)
  • two mason jars
  • one or two coffee filters
  • some water
  • patience (will need at least 10 hours rest)

cold brewed coffee

Measure 1/4 cup of coffee powder and place it in the mason jar. cold brewed coffee

Fill up the rest with water. (My mason jars can hold about a cup of water.)

cold brewed coffee

Place in the fridge overnight or up to 24 hours. cold brewed coffee

The next morning just take another mason jar and fit in a coffee filter (which should not touch the bottom); strain the coffee-water mixture through your filter – you probably want to use a second one after half of the mixture ran through, otherwise the filter might break at some point. Squeeze it a bit at the end to get the final drops out. There you have your coffee extract.
cold brewed coffee

Close tightly and use up in a week, because it might loose a bit of its taste after a few days. If you just want to enjoy your coffee as it is, you only need to dilute it with some water (1 part coffee extract / 2 parts water).

But I love to have it in a fancy shmancy way: treating myself to a quick ice coffee!

cold brewed coffee

I place 2 ice cubes in a glass and pour a bit less than 1(4 cup of coffee extract. (usually I ,just eye measure) cold brewed coffee

I do add around the same amount of low fat coconut milk (it gives an amazing flavor to your coffee!); a bit less when it’s full fat and add a bit more water at the end … cold brewed coffee

and 1 tsp of maple syrup or agave. You could also add some vanilla extract or amaretto flavor. cold brewed coffee

Finally I finish it off with about 1/4 cup of water. But in the end it all comes to your own taste buds. Sometimes I prefer a stronger coffee flavor and add just a bit less milk and water, if it is to strong for you you might just add more.

The result looks something like this:

breakfast plate (Reused picture from February – with a side of runny egg and perfect bread , Greek yogurt with berries and honey = bliss! )

Additional to the smoother less bitter taste, who might have guessed, cold brewing your coffees has also some health benefits: the coffee is less acidic, which is good for your bones and digestive tract, and keeps more of the original antioxidants of the coffee bean.

By the way – I could use one right now. Sadly my coffee extract is sitting in my fridge at home and I am staying at my boyfriends. Guess I have to deal with the papers uncaffeinated.

Have you ever made iced coffee before? What do you think about cold brewing your coffee?


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