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Iced Coffee 101

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Iced Coffee

- Merrill

Every year, usually around this time, I feel the strong urge to make the shift from hot coffee to iced -- and once I switch, I usually stick with it until fall rolls around. It's a bit of a coffee conviction. And I happen to be more particular about my iced coffee than my lattés and drips. To me, it's important that the coffee be strong enough to stand up to a generous ration of milk, but there should be enough ice to ensure that the coffee stays cold, and the sides of the cup dewy. The solution to what seems like an insurmountable challenge? Espresso ice cubes, of course!

With just an ice cube tray and a little planning, you too can soon be sipping a frigid, rich iced coffee in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Iced Coffee

Serves 1

  • 1 to 2 cups brewed, cooled espresso
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coffee, cooled
  • Milk to taste

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over 1 year ago womanofgod44

What do you think about adding strawberry ice cream to your cold coffee? I tend to enjoy liquid flavored creamers. Just thought this might be good.

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almost 3 years ago Gerd

Iced coffee as I know it from Germany is much more a dessert/treat than here in the US. The iced coffee I'm used to is cold coffee, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream on top. A lot more calories than the version here in the US but also a lot more delightful!

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almost 3 years ago Gerd

Coming from Germany it's funny to see the US version of iced coffee being basically cold coffee. In Germany and many other european countries, iced coffee is just a little coffee, one scoop of vanilla ice cream and a lot of whipped cream on top. That's really something to look for as a delicious afternoon treat...

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almost 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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Wow, sounds like Germany does it right!

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over 3 years ago Baconist

Cold brew coffee is amazing. The best part is that you have ready-to-use concentrated coffee in your fridge at all times. I can make a latte in about a minute and a haIf. I even, on occasion, use high quality blends like Intelligentsia Black Cat and it is fantastic. Right now I like the Sumatra blend at Whole Foods. I have served cold brew prepared as regular hot coffee to coffee fans and they always love it. It is smooth and rich. The Toddy Brewing system makes it easy.

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over 3 years ago mark_sikes

Honestly once you switch to cold brew there is no going back. Another fun thing to try is switching hotchata for milk. Horchata Latte!

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over 3 years ago jaredpaventi

Don't rule out the cold brew process. http://wp.me/p1gYob-2s (Shameless self-promotion)

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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I'm a big fan of the cold brew -- it would be a great combo with the espresso ice cubes.

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3 months ago Michelle Carlson

I will be trying out your method! :) THanks for the link.

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over 3 years ago met0813

I do the same thing every year. Being Greek, though, my summer iced coffee is a Frappe made with Nescafe instant, which starts cold, but does get watered down a bit. Thanks for the ice cubes trick...I'll definitely start doing it once I make the switch!

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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Sounds great!

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

A little retaurant trick is to pour the hot coffee over a metal spoon into the glass. It removes some of the heat and doesn't melt the ice cubes as much. Or you could use luke warm or cold coffee!

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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Great trick, thanks. But don't you find that even with the coffee starting cold, regular ice cubes eventually melt and dilute the coffee?

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over 3 years ago ddemos

that really works to stop the glass from breaking from hot liquid...

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over 3 years ago Corkage

What a great idea! I'm so trying this with my iced tea (I'm not a coffee drinker).

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over 3 years ago deanna1001

Another idea is to make lemonade ice cubes for iced tea...kind of like an Arnie Palmer without too much fuss.

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over 3 years ago Corkage

I love that! Thanks! I'm thinking some pureed strawberry cubes in lemonade too.

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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deanna1001, I actually wrote about that very thing last summer! http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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over 3 years ago Bobbyespecial

I will have to try this! My coffee blog in Austin will be hearing about this refreshing coffee recipe. Coffeecultureatx.wordpress.com

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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Cool!

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over 3 years ago jlsm

If you have a Chemex and scale, the process is much faster. For a quarter of coffee, put 16 ounces of ice cubes in the Chemex and 16 ounces on the stove to boil. Fill the filter with 64 grams of coffee, and pour the boiling water over as you normally do. Swish everything around a bit, and pour a very, very cold cup of ice coffee.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Very nice, Merrill. What is that cool machine you're using?

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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It's a Nespresso machine -- Amanda and I both have them and love 'em.

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over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I could just have the photos, forget the recipe. You make rusty, old steel look gorgeous Sarah S.

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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I know, right?

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over 3 years ago mem

I use a french press to make coffee at home and usually just 'eyeball' it, which tends to result in a very strong brew. I'm curious about the ratio of coffee to water you prefer-- the usual heaping tsp. per 6 oz. water? Also, what is your favorite everyday priced coffee to purchase and what grind is best for this recipe? Thanks!

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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I'll admit I usually buy my coffee locally -- or I just make espresso. Not an aficionado when it comes to supermarket brands. My ratio for the French press is a bit stronger than yours, though: I use a rounded tablespoon of coffee, coarsely ground, for every 8 oz. water.

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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You forgot the 5:00 pm step - add rum :-)

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over 3 years ago Bevi

Or a triple threat with kahlua...

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over 3 years ago wssmom

Totally!

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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You said it, sister.

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over 3 years ago Bevi

I second jotarz - we have a way to go before the iced coffee comes out of hibernation. When it does, I'll need that ice cube tray.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Beautifully illustrated steps:Thanks!

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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All thanks to the lovely Sarah Shatz...

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over 3 years ago jotarz

Love it! The coffee ice cubes are a great idea! I am only wishing it were time for iced coffee here is chilly Chicago! Thanks for the post.

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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You're welcome! It's still on the edge here in NYC too.

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over 3 years ago Helen's All Night Diner

You could pretend you're in Vienna and have an Eis Kaffe - add a scoop of your best vanilla ice cream... you'll be in heaven!

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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Yum!