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