Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

Let’s talk iced coffee. Recently, I sat down and tried to figure out all the money I spend every week on buying coffee in a couple of local coffee shops in our area. I haven’t  plunked my money down at only one coffee shop but regularly stalk three fine establishments…shelling out money faster than you can say, “let’s set this five dollar bill on fire!”

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee: Make your own... it tastes better and saves money too!

“Why three coffee houses?” you might ask, and I would respond a bit sheepishly, “that’s a darn good question” and try to change the subject as quickly as possible. The truth is… I’m a bit of a coffee snob, and there is no one coffee shop that can meet all my persnickety needs.

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee: Make your own... it tastes better and saves money too!

I head to my favorite morning coffee shop for a good ol’ plain cup of Joe. No frills needed at the crack of dawn; I want a strong dark brew that goes down easy.

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee: Make your own... it tastes better and saves money too!

My next coffee fix is a little more dainty; and when I’m in the mood, I head to a different shop way across town. I order up a whole milk latte and get way too excited about the chocolate covered coffee bean they hand out for “free”.

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee: Make your own... it tastes better and saves money too!

Lastly, during the summer months my cravings run deep for cold brewed iced coffee, and only a few coffee houses take the time to do this well. Don’t you dare hand me an iced coffee that has been made with an espresso machine. I have a yearning for cold brewed coffee and nothing else will satisfy.

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee: Make your own... it tastes better and saves money too!

So, back to the point…the cost of coffee adds up quickly. With this in mind, I decided to experiment and come up with a recipe for my own cold brewed iced coffee. I wanted something simple, relatively quick and easy, without a huge mess to clean up after. I’m happy to share what I came up with and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee: Make your own... it tastes better and saves money too!

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 5 -6 Tbsp high quality ground coffee beans, grind should be on the coarser side
  2. 4 cups of water
  3. 1/4 cup cream, or milk of choice
  4. Ice
Optional
  1. Sweetener (I use about a tbsp of organic maple syrup)
Supplies
  1. French Coffee Press
  2. Quart Jar with screw type band and lid
  3. Coffee filter
Instructions
  1. Add 5 -6 tbsp (depending on strength desired) coarsely ground coffee to French coffee press.
  2. Add water, stir and allow to sit for a minimum of 2 hours, longer is okay.*see note 1
  3. Once coffee has set for the proper allotted amount of time, use press to separate grounds.
  4. Place coffee filter in quart jar and affix in place with screw type band lid.
  5. Slowly pour pressed coffee into quart jar filter to remove all remaining coffee sediment not strained by French coffee press.*see note 2
  6. Once coffee has been filtered, use immediately, or add lid and chill concentrate for later use.
  7. Fill 16 oz glass full with ice.
  8. Add choice of cream or milk.
  9. Add sweetener.
  10. Fill the rest of the glass with cold brewed ice coffee.
  11. Stir and enjoy!
Notes
  1. #1 - I Start my brew early in the morning or the evening before, and place the concentrate in the refrigerator to chill so it will be ready to go whenever I want it. It will keep fresh tasting for up to a week or more.
  2. #2 - When filtering, be patient. Pour the coffee into the filter slowly and allow it to drain, and then pour a little more. If the filter gets to clogged, simply remove the filter and replace with another.
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Comments

  1. says

    Looks delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Creative Exchange Link Party. Don’t forget that the new party will be going live tomorrow morning. Thanks again!

  2. Linda says

    Thank you for this idea. It sounds wonderful on a warm summer day. I think I might stir in some Hershey’s chocolate sirup for a mocha! Scoop of vanilla ice cream wouldn’t be bad either!! Oh dear…………..

    • says

      Oh no, now you’ve done it! I actually have some ice cream in my freezer, and I know it is going to be a late night. Coffee and Ice Cream is on the menu for dessert tonight! Thanks for stopping by and the extra calories!!!
      Blessings,
      Shari

  3. says

    You know, I am a pretty much 100% HOT coffee girl but this looks so delicious, I think you could talk me into it :) Pinned it to my Coffee! board. Also, this post was one of our most viewed on last week’s Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop so it will be featured THIS week! See you there.
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  4. says

    I love a good iced coffee and have made it myself. Lots of work but so well worth it and much cheaper. I have never thought about putting the filter in a mason jar to pour out the coffee liquid bean mixture. Genius!! The funnier thing is I have only been drinking coffee a few years now and love it. I always liked smelling it, but not drinking it. Pinning

    • says

      During the summer months, I make my usual hot cup of coffee in the morning but rarely drink the whole cup. I am saving my caffeine intake for a glass of fresh cold brewed instead. I can’t get enough of the nutty, deliciousness! Thanks for stopping in and taking a moment to share.
      Blessings,
      Shari

    • says

      There is no comparison between cold brewed and hot brewed coffee. The bitterness of a coffee bean comes out when it’s heated. With Cold brew there is no heat so no bitterness; the undertones of the coffee really shine through. Once you start cold brewing, you will never be satisfied with the other way again! Try it, I’m betting you’ll like it!

  5. says

    Shari,

    I have never tried to make ice coffee at home. Your recipe looks easy to follow. I will have to try it this summer. Also, your pictures look really pretty. I love your coffee bean sack in the picture.

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

    • says

      Oh Jenna, if you have never tried cold brewed you are in for a treat. The nutty flavor of the coffee bean comes out in cold brewed with none of the unpleasant bitter aftertaste coffee is famous for. Be sure to come back and give a report if you ever get around to trying it. I guarantee you will be hooked! Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. says

    I love coffee! I’ve had 2 cups already today. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ve tried cold brewed once, but didn’t have much luck. I’ll have to try your method. Have a great weekend!

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by, Debi. It’s fun making new friends and having new visitors! I seem to be addicted to this particular concoction…so, no big surprise I’m up all hours of the night! I look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.

  7. Liliana Wells says

    My husband and I are coffee snobs ourselves. But we don’t spend the money on coffee shops. For American coffee we use Maxwell House. But for our morning cappuccino we use BRITT Coffee Espresso. We import the whole beans from Costa Rica and grind the beans fresh every morning. Some times I make iced tea from this in the Summer and use Hazelnut creamer instead of cream. I don’t have a French press nor do I want one. But thanks for the nice recipe

    • says

      Good Morning Fellow Coffee Snob (Liliana), glad to hear that I am not alone! I’ve never heard of Britt coffee before, so I went and did a little research…that coffee looks good. I plan on ordering a few pounds to give it a try. Thanks for your comments. I’ll be sure to write back and let you know what I think after I’ve tried it.

      • says

        I’m so happy to stumble upon this recipe. I’ve only just started drinking coffee after many years of thinking I despised it. However, it has become like a dessert to me. Some times I’ll buy a cup that is amazing and other times it could be quite bitter. But, I’m excited to try this recipe…it looks very yummy! Not to mention your photos…beautiful job. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ve just printed it out.

        • says

          Thanks for stopping by Peggi (http://luvmyveggietable.com/) and for your kind compliments…I had my first real foray into drinking coffee while attending nursing school. I recall many late nights spent pouring over books, and coffee was a welcome friend. Now, many years later, it has become so much more. For better or for worse, I’m hopelessly addicted.

  8. Linda says

    Do I have to have a Fr. press? Can I just mix the coffee grounds in water and let stand, then pour through a filter in the qt. jar?

    • says

      Yes Linda, that will work. I only suggest the French press because it is a bit messy with the coffee grounds when the larger sediment has not been filtered out first. Using the press also saves a bit of time. I have used both methods and the taste is the same. Hope this helps.

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