I start knocking back afternoon iced coffee as soon as the snow is melted. It’s the quintessential cold dessert and natural energy drink in one. Does it really get any better than that? I think not.
Typically I make my iced coffee with the Aeropress. You can make a lovely, textured double espresso fairly quickly. A double shot cools fast (I usually stick my mug in the freezer for a few minutes). You can dilute it to your personal preference and add your favorite accompaniments and Voila! You have one AWESOME cup of cold coffee.
Well, since we ARE in the midst of a heat wave and I didn’t want to heat up the house with the pour over kettle, I decided to try my hand at cold brew.
Cold brew is super trendy. I get it – it’s smooth and mellow. In my mind it is kind of in the same family as the “sun tea” we used to brew on our back porch in the summer when I was a kid. You pack a big old glass Hellman’s jar full of tea bags and just let it sit in the sun for hours. It’s smooth and delicious and makes a great science experiment for bored children.
That’s exactly why I’ve never made cold brew at home. It takes some forethought, and my aeropress method is fast, and DELICIOUS.
The 90+ degree temperatures finally made me give up boiling water. I started my grown-up science experiment this morning; 2 oz. of coarse ground coffee and 1 quart of filtered water – put into canning jars and tucked into the fridge for 12 hours.
(OMG, 12 HOURS!!!! NOOOOOOO!)
Yes. Twelve hours.
It’s hard to fathom that my coffee won’t be ready until TOMORROW! Yet, I have my fingers crossed that it will be worth it.
Let me tell you what’s not worth it – paying retail prices for a cup of cold brew at a drive through or bottled from a grocery store.
Come on people, I know we LOOOOOVE our iced coffee; but with a little planning ahead you can make your own awesome cold brew with an old mayonnaise jar. (Sanitize it first).
I will update you on my cold brew experiment. In the meantime, maybe I will put the pour over kettle on the side burner of the grill and make myself some “camping-style” Aeropress. (Coffee + The Great Outdoors = Good Times)
Happy 4th to all of our friends!