Summer Coffee

It’s time for iced coffee.  I have all sorts of food and beverage rules for myself.  Drinking iced coffee comes with rules.  I can only drink it in summer, post Memorial Day.  I must have a straw, the cuter the better.  I don’t want whipped cream floating on top.  I really am full of idiosyncrasies. 

Most of the recipes on-line make huge quantities.  I don’t have storage for those quantities.  So, I start with ½ pound of coffee beans.  I only 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 for me 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.  You just saved yourself $5.00. 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 like my coffee on the strong side, so adjust yours accordingly.

Last week, we had a 70 degree day, a 2 inches of hail day and enough rain to consider building an ark day. Hello summer in the Pacific NW!

I have a grandson who told me I was judgmental; he was right.

and remember: There are two rules in life: 1) Never give out all the information and 2)

Big kiss, Lynn

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