Iced Coffee

Hooray, it’s summer, so it’s time to make iced coffee.  I’m quite finicky about my iced coffee; I only drink it in the summer.  Why?  Because I’m a wacko weirdo.  It tastes the same January or July, but I only want it when it’s warm.

Most of the recipes on-line make huge quantities.  I don’t have storage for those quantities.

Start with 1/2 pound coffee beans

This is where the snobbery rears its ugly head.  I use Starbucks whole beans, preferably Sumatra.  I like to grind them myself in my handy Kitchenaid Coffee Grinder.  I go for a very coarse grind, slightly above a medium.  This makes a huge difference when it comes to water absorption.

Put the beans in a large bowl.  Add 4 quarts water and give it a good stir.  Let this sit on the counter overnight, stirring occasionally.

The next day I get out my handy dandy strainer and line it with cheese cloth or an old t-shirt.  I run the coffee water mixture through the strainer into a clean bowl, trying to get as much of the coffee grinds out as I can.  I then transfer it to a large pitcher and store it in the refrigerator.

To make an iced coffee, I start with a large glass, preferably 20 ounces or so.  Snob alert:  I put in an ounce of whole milk and an ounce of heavy cream for G.  And yes, I do measure it out in a jigger.  If you like it sweeter like G and I do, now’s the time to add sugar or Splenda  or whatever.  Give it a good stir.  Add at least half a glass of ice.  Next, 4 to 8 ounces or so of the coffee mixture.  Time for another good stir.  I serve this with a straw, just because I can.  Viola!  Your very own iced coffee.  Be sure and tell people what a coffee snob you are and how involved the process was and they will appreciate their beverage even more.  People are funny that way.

* From the Recipe Box:

I receive quite a few Starbucks cards as gifts so that feeds my iced coffee quality beans.

and remember what Bob Marley said:  Who are you to judge the life I live?  I know I’m not perfect, and I don’t live to be, but before you start pointing fingers…
make sure your hands are clean!   Big kiss, Lynn

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