With the summer months upon us, it's no surprise that people are more inclined to choose cold beverages over their hot beverage counterparts. Whether you are outside mowing the grass or just returning from a long run or walk, you may find that iced coffee is a great way to provide you with a splash of coffee engulfed by a cool, refreshing, sensation that capitvates your taste buds entirely. Even though pure quality water may be the first choice of many, an occasional trip to Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, or Starbucks may be able to be offset, and some money saved, by simply making your iced coffee yourself.
Things You Will Need
- Pitcher for Iced Coffee
- Coffee Grounds (Dark Roasted)
- Sweetener (Sugar/etc)
- Coffee Maker
- Iced (Crushed or Whole)
- Glass (10-12 oz.)
From percolation to French press and Auto drip, it is true that there are many different methodologies available to you for brewing coffee. For this article, this won't really matter, so long as you receive a final product that can be placed on ice. Without going to in0depth, the French press method of brewing coffee is actually quite preferred to many other coffee brewing methods, however, you may find that, for your purposes, Auto drip would be the most convenient, timely, and recognizable method for producing a coffee product.
In this step, your ultimate goal is to produce a final product of coffee. The methodology you use will be dependent really on how much 'control' you would like to exert over the taste of that final product. For most, who are in need of quick caffeine fix and a delectable summer treat, you may find that Auto-drip is really quite convenient and what many actually prefer and have access to.
When you are finished brewing your dark roasted coffee, you will now proceed to pour it directly into a pitcher. A chilled pitcher, similar to the way glasses are served for fine dining, may be preferred in order to immediately cool off the steaming hot coffee product. Although you can fill the pitcher up with ice, and pour your coffee directly in, doing so may be unappealling, to a degree, because the hot coffee would immediately cause the ice to melt. This would ultimately result in a more 'watered-down' iced coffee preparation.
In this picture, I have displayed a beer pitcher, however it doesn't necessarily matter what "kind" of pitcher you use.
Allowing your coffee to sit, in order to cool down a bit before cooling, may be a desired action in order to control for the temperature of your coffee. If you would like to ensure that your ice cubes don't immediately melt upon contact with the poured coffee, you may want to allow for this time to cool. If you are in a rush, or would like to indulge in your iced coffee immediately, you can certainly proceed however you'd like. In order to cool your coffee, you can either let it stand, on your counter-top at room temperature for a few hours, or you may decide to be a bit more agressive and refrigerate it, until cold.
Dependent on your preference, you may like crushed ice, or formed cube ice. Either one you choose doesn't really matter, however, it will have a different 'feel' on your pallet as you drink your coffee. In this step, you will proceed to fill your glass up with the consistency of ice that meets your preference and choosing.
Once your coffee has become cooled or chilled, you can now proceed to pour your coffee into your glass.
Just like your were preparing a hot cup of coffee, you can now proceed to add milk and/or sugar, stir, and taste to see if it is to your liking.
Upon completion, you can replicate this process if you have more guests, friends, or family over. With the summer months upon us, you may find that making your own iced coffee can be a delectable treat and your taste buds will thank you.
Learning how to make your own iced coffee is really quite a simple process. If you have any better approaches, or ways that you prepare your own coffee, for maximum enjoyment, please feel free to share those ideas in my article's comment section below. Thank you! I really value your input.
Tips & Warnings
As mentioned in the steps above, it is important to allow your finished brewed coffee product the opportunity to chill or cool down. If you pour steaming hot coffee, directly into a glass filled with ice, the temperature would eventually equalize, however, not before melting your ice (and liquifying) your final product even more with water. This will directly relate to how strong or weak your coffee tastes.
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