Homemade Iced Coffee | Two Ways
Summer is just around the corner and the thought of cruising along with an iced coffee in hand just makes me smile (It did snow here the other day, but that won’t bring me down!).
You know how you like your coffee, but do the baristas– do they get it right every time? I can remember countless times, drinking an iced coffee with too much ice, too much creamer, not sweet enough– too sweet it hurts; the list is endless.
I actually gave up on coffee (not because Dunkin Donuts couldn’t make it right). I gave it up because the last sip resulted in excess jitters and a soured stomach. It just never seemed to sit well.
After a while (years or so), I missed the taste of coffee and I wanted to see what my options were.
I stumbled upon two things: Cold brew coffee (the best!) and an instant coffee that I thought would be perfect for hiking trips; Alpine Start coffee.
I was sold– no jitters, no upset tummy …just pure delicious mocha delight!
I want to share with you how I make both and I hope you are able to smell the coffee beans grinding through your screen!
Cold Brew Coffee– You’re the Bee’s Knees!
There are two main reasons why I love Cold Brew Coffee (among a million others)
1) Cold Brew is Less Acidic
2) Stronger = Better Iced Coffee
Let’s break this down a bit more:
Acidity is Lower
It is true, the acidity is lower in cold brew coffee. The water soaks up all the delicious flavors of the coffee bean (coarsely ground) versus heating up the coffee. The heat makes the molecules move faster which then releases the acidity through the process of diffusion.
I could probably go into a more scientific explanation, but let’s just take my word for it! Cold brew is 60–70% less acidic than normally brewed coffee.
My stomach couldn’t be happier!
Better Iced Coffee
It’s true! I personally feel as though when you brew coffee (normally, with heat) and then turn it into iced coffee, it tastes watered down. Cold brew is a higher concentration, therefore adding ice cubes really just mellows it out more. AND because there is less acidity, the taste is much smoother– no bitterness!
How Do I Make Cold Brew Coffee?
There are multiple ways of making cold brew coffee, but for now I will cover the method we use! It is quite simple!
You will need:
- 2 cups Coffee Bean (that you grind coarsely)
- 64 oz Water
- Container of Choice (I use a large Ball Jar)
- After grinding the beans, add them to your ball jar
- Fill the remaining jar with 64oz filtered water
- Cap the jar and keep in the fridge for 12-24 hours
- After the allotted time, filter out the beans by using a french press or strainer with cheese cloth.
- Simple, easy and delicious Cold Brew!
There is also a kit you can buy from Amazon that has a filter in it, which eliminates the 4th step entirely. I don’t use this because we have a french press, but there is no doubt this contraption would save time!
Instant Coffee is Fabulously OKAY with Me!
Instant Coffee is a blessing. Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of the woods with just a pack on your back, birds singing their ‘Good Mornings’ and fresh dew all around. A coffee would be a perfect companion to this scene– am I right? Heck, you don’t necessarily have the space to carry an on-the-go french press (maybe they should make a foldable french press– should I patent this idea?) so what is the next best thing? Instant Coffee!
I was intrigued by this company called Alpine Start with their slogan: “Instant Coffee that Actually Tastes Good”, and boy does it. They have three different flavors: Dirty Chai, Coconut Creamer Latte and their Original blend. All of which I love, but you can never go wrong with the Original blend.
The best part about this coffee? The mere fact that you can mix it with hot or cold water– how convenient!
How to Make?
Mix a packet with 8-10oz of hot/cold water and Voila! That is it.
However, I like to get creative when I can (and am at home) and blend the coffee pack with milk, a touch of maple syrup and ice to creative a slushy sort of iced coffee (better than anything Dunkin Donuts can make– promise!). It is the perfect addition to any summer’s day!
Their slogan absolutely rings true, the coffee really does taste good!
Find it here!
Embrace the Iced Coffee (All Year Long)
There it is! My two favorite ways to enjoy coffee and still feel great for the rest of the day. While I don’t drink it often, I feel like these to recipes will always be my go to!
I hope you enjoyed and I would love to hear about your experience with either!
Thanks for reading!