Thursday, June 23, 2011

Coffee Concentrate = My New Favorite Thing

 For. Reals.

 A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to find a better way to make iced coffee.  Simply putting ice in coffee just wasn't working for me, and, with summer on its way, I wanted to enjoy a cool, refreshing treat without having to drop a few dollars at Starbucks.

Enter Smitten Kitchen's blog post on cold-brewed iced coffee.  This post is nearly two years old.  I am out of the loop.

 (Fancy new travel cup I purchased specifically for the transportation of iced coffee from one place to another)

But, I am TOTALLY ON BOARD with coffee concentrate.  Oh, yes I am.  Lately I've been making it every couple of days, doubling the recipe each time and storing it in a glass milk bottle in the fridge.  I mix everything up in my French press, which eliminates having to strain the coffee twice (the 'press' counts as the first strain).  A few ounces of concentrate, a few ounces of water, a little half and half and sugar, and I'm all set.  I've also tried it with chocolate flavored coffee creamer.  Instant iced mocha!
Pioneer Woman also has a recent post on coffee concentrate, only she brews an entire pound at a time!    I love her idea of using sweetened condensed milk to make Vietnamese iced coffee.  Will definitely have to give that one a try.


  1. Yesss!!! I seriously have been experimenting with iced coffee, and came up with another flop tonight. I never knew you could cold brew your coffee!
    Will be trying this first thing in the morning. Did you have a cheesecloth or use paper towels to strain the coffee? Would a regular old coffee filter work instead?
    Thank you so much for posting this :)

  2. I use a sieve/mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. I have one that fits right over a liquid measuring cup, so I can just pour the coffee in and walk away for a few minutes. Sure beats having to stand there while it all drips through!