I’m not much of a coffee drinker but I do love a flavored, iced latte. In other words, coffee is okay as long as I’m tasting flavors along with my coffee! As an avid fan of Pioneer Woman, I was excited to read her post on making iced coffee. She has a very thorough tutorial on how to make iced coffee and save big bucks. Meaning, fewer trips through the drive-thru for a $5.35 cup of iced coffee! You know who I’m talking about.
I’m not going to go through the process that Ree at Pioneer Woman explains so well, I will just mention a couple of ways I found that worked well for me. I found my glass jug with its built-in tap wasn’t quite a gallon jar. Consequently I scaled back on the coffee grounds a bit. I use 8 ounces of fresh grounds, a dark French roast made by the company I mentioned previously. I love the smell and taste of their coffee when it’s iced! I use my kitchen scale to weigh out 8 ounces and place it in my glass jug and fill it full of filtered cold water.
After the grounds have steeped, I carefully pour the contents of the jug into a large soup kettle then wash out the jug with clear water. I used cheesecloth by the yards the first few months I was making this iced coffee to strain the grounds out. Then I had a brainstorm wandering through a local store’s kitchen department. I found jelly strainers! Two unbleached muslin bags came with a 3-legged stand but I was most interested in the strainer bags. I bought the set and as I’d hoped, the bag’s drawstring opening fit perfectly around my glass jug and hung inside!
Once the bag is in place, tied securely, I carefully pour the coffee mixture into the bag from the kettle. Perfect strainer! Very fine straining that removes all of the coffee grounds! Reusable so that I felt so green and thrifty. No more cheesecloth had to lose its life in my pursuit of iced coffee.
From there I squeeze the bag carefully as I remove it from the jug and continue to squeeze out every drop of coffee liquid. Then I discard the grounds, wash the bag and hang to dry. Reusable and uber handy! You can see the bag and stand I mean on Amazon here.
The coffee jug isn’t completely full at this point so I add more filtered water to top it off before putting it into the fridge. From there it is on tap for my morning fill on my way to the office.
I bought a double walled glass months ago and found I can’t do without it now. I love the amount of iced coffee it holds and it’s handy carried back and forth to the office. I have a second one at home and at the office, in case I want to have a soda with ice instead. I love the double walled glasses that prevent sweat from puddling on my desk at work or tables at home. You get addicted to them! Before leaving home I pour my coffee, add my soy or almond milk (lactose intolerant here), my flavoring(s) and I’m on the go! I add the ice once I get to the office and I’m good for hours.
Another tip I wanted to pass along was for coffee flavorings. We don’t live in a large city so the variety of coffee flavorings available that are sugar-free is pathetic. I find shopping online much easier and even less costly. I like DaVinci syrups but have also ordered from Torani. I get monthly emails from both with their specials and stay stocked. But, storing all my flavors in those big bottles and dragging them out for a shot or two in my coffee every morning was annoying. Then one day I found the stash of empty little wine bottles that I thought were cute and had saved thinking they’d come in handy some day. I thought: flavorings! I filled the bottles with flavorings, labelled them, and was ready to go!
Except now they still needed a storage place. Enter a shopping trip to a local builder supply store where I found a simple coated wire rack that was perfect to hold all of my bottles. I had my P.S. hang it on the wall in a handy spot and I am more than pleased at how easy and fast I can make my morning iced coffee on the run! I refill them every couple of weeks from the big bottles in the closet and feel so organized. As long as I remember to fill my glass every morning before I leave the house, I am happy!
I’m almost a bit too happy when I drink my daily latte. This concentrated coffee has quite a dose of caffeine and I end up babbling away at warp speed at times. Linda’s son teases her for doing that also! I probably should look into using maybe a mix of half caf, half decaf in the grounds. That might keep the babbling at a minimum. I did find I can’t drink it late in the day; I am up until 4 am watching my dvr’d tv shows. But it goes down so good at the time!