Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cold-Brewed Coffee

Have you ever had cold-brewed iced coffee? Because it is DELICIOUS. 

The New York Times posted this recipe for it, and then all sorts of my favorite food bloggers were talking about it, so I decided to give it a try.

It's kind of amazing. And really easy.

Here's what you do:

Mix 1/3 cup of coarse ground coffee (the darker roast, the better) with 1 1/2 cups of cold water in the container of your choice. I triple and quadruple the recipe because I likes me some coffee yo! 


Were you expecting mine to be in some sort fancy Mason jar? Ha! Turns out, clam chowder takeout containers are the perfect coffee maker. Take THAT Toddy McTodd Todd! 

Anyway, you mix the coffee grounds with the water, cover it up, and then try to ignore it for the next 12 to 15 hours. You don't even need to refrigerate it during this time, although you can if you really want to. I don't.

And yes, this is the same lid I used as a rainbow template for the Tooth Fairy Door. So?


When the coffee has served its counter time, you can strain it with a paper coffee filter or a double layer of cheesecloth. I've even heard of people using a couple layers of paper towels. Dude! I make mine in a clam chowder takeout cup, so I'm not judging. 

And maybe I need to clarify. I do own Tupperware. A lot of it. I even own a few Mason jars. But I've been going to the Crab Cooker since I was little little little. We used to eat there with my Nanny - my great-grandmother - and it has a very special place in my heart. It's a little bit of a trek for us to go there now, but whenever we're in the neighborhood, we try to stop by and eat in or grab some clam chowder to go. I just love my Crab Cooker containers.

Back to the coffee! I pour my coffee ground concoction directly into the coffee filter of my coffee maker. You know, without turning the coffee maker on or anything. I just use it for the filter.


Pour the filtered coffee into a covered container and stick it in the fridge.  It can stay fresh in there for a good couple of weeks. I know! This stuff is amazing.


At this point, it's basically coffee concentrate that you should mix with equal parts water or milk. I like my coffee strong, so I don't dilute it very much. Cold-brewed coffee isn't bitter at all! It's just pure heavenly iced deliciousness. Try it and see!

Fill a glass with ice.



Pour in some of your cold-brewed coffee. Since the coffee is not hot, it won't melt the ice cubes and get all watery and bland. You know what I'm talking about. Sad, sad melty ice cubes. Layer of watered-down coffee and half-melted ice cubes on top of regular coffee. I will no longer drink that sort of nonsense.

Iced coffee made from hot coffee is a little bit delicious. 

Iced coffee from cold-brewed coffee is VERY delicious. 


Then you can fix your iced coffee however you darn well please. 

I like Coffeemate or half and half and Torani flavored syrup. It makes me feel fancy.


And then I drive by Starbucks and yell out my car window, "Suck It!" 

Okay, I've never done that. 


But just look at it! Seriously! It doesn't get any better. 


Mmmm Mmmm! Refreshing!

Try it and let me know what you think!


45 comments:

Sarah said...

Ha! You crack me up! I love the personality that flows through your posts! And this coffee does sound delish! I've never heard of cold brewed coffee before but I'll have to try it. Because this girl LOVES her some coffee too!
Keep up the good work - I'm enjoying checking in
- a new blogger from... http://gluegunsanddryerlint.blogspot.com/

Terase said...

I drink iced coffee (well espresso double shots) a lot. I have never heard of this method of yours, BUT it is about to become my new habit! Thanks for sharing! I just started getting your emails and am SOOOO happy I have.

4kidsgrandma said...

I'm going to try it, too. What flavor syrup do you recommend? And you can buy it at the market?

Stacia said...

This sounds really great! I'm going to give it a try. Your post was very entertaining also. Thanks!
Stacia Roble

Megan said...

This sounds delicious. Especially mixed with the milk.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Ali Richardson said...

YEP! I agree totally!! It is delicious!!! Thanks Darcy for bringing it to my life. I'll come over from time to time to get my fix :)

Darcy said...

4kidsgrandma-
I like vanilla, but they have all sorts of new flavors that I might need to try. :)
I think it depends on the grocery store - sometimes I can find it and sometimes I can't. It's not super cheap, I think it's about $7 or $8 a bottle - but it lasts a long time!

Pattie said...

How funny 8^()! Great receipe! Thanks for sharing.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I have never enjoyed reading a recipe as much as I enjoyed that one. I like coffee, but your humor is even better.

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

I love Iced Coffee and have never seen it made this way before. I cannot wait to try this...thanks :)

4kidsgrandma said...

Thanks, Darcy, I'll look for the syrups. Meanwhile, I tried your recipe and added some to my glass of Starbucks Light Vanilla Frappucino with ice for extra coffee flavor and caffeine...yummy!

Felicia @ All Things Fee said...

Yum! Saves me a ride to my local coffee shop! Yay!


Would love for you to share at Calling all Crafters!
http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/07/calling-all-crafters-16th-edition.html

Carli said...

looks DELISH! I want one right now! Thanks for sharing!

shopannies said...

I worked with individuals with dd who love iced coffee I think I will use your idea and they will love it thanks come visit me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

~Barb~ said...

I have loved coffee for as long as I can remember but I've always had it hot, even during summer. It hasn't been until the past year or so that I've noticed all the cold coffee drinks (hey, I'm from the South and a little old school, I guess) but Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) put up a recipe somewhat like yours for iced cold coffee and it got me thinking. Her's uses some Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk and I LOVE that stuff. Now, between the two of you, I am so cold brewing me up some iced coffee...wish this old school chica good luck. LOL
And thanks!
Peace & Love,
~Barb~

Nicole said...

Mmmmmm! I've never heard of cold brewed coffee. I ♥ coffee, so thi is something I'll def have to try. :)
Following you now...love your way with words, you made me laugh. Stop by and say hi- www.DavisDomestications.blogspot.com

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

I've been searching for the perfect cool coffee and I had never heard of cold brewing but I must try this asap. I think I will get some brewing today so I can enjoy tomorrow. I host a recipe swap every week and I'd love for you to come by and show off a recipe or two. Have a blessed day :)
Katie

chris said...

i love cold brew.. people need to trust it and try it. i actually ask for it in coffee bars because i prefer it to lattes.
my recipe varies a bit because i make it by the gallon which makes straining it a pain in the butt. i dont water it down either and i use half n half.
yumm
thanks!

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

OMG yes! I am taking a blog break as soon as I leave this comment to make me some coffee! I hope you will link up to the Tuesday Confessional link party starting tonight at 8pm MST. I'm co-hosting with A Reason to Skip the Housework, so your post will be seen on BOTH blogs!
www.craftyconfessions.com
I hope to see you soon!
~Macy

Johnnie said...

Yippie. I heart me some iced coffee too. And screw that melty ice doo doo. Thanks for the recipe. New follower from Tip junkiie.
Blessings...
Saved By Love Creations

freckles said...

I have been a follower of yours for some time now... Saw this recipe the other day when you posted it. Made it yesterday. You weren't lying! IT IS DELICIOUS!!!! Thank you! :)
shannon@faceswithfreckles.blogspot.com

Chameleon Girls said...

Yumm...I love how you make your iced coffee. We like to put caramel syrup into our coffee. Check our recipe for homemade caramel http://chameleongirls.blogspot.com/2011/06/dreamy-caramel.html

4kidsgrandma said...

Darcy, I found the vanilla syrup at the market yesterday for $5.49. Oh, and I meant the Starbucks store-bought Frappuccinos. At $1 a bottle, my new drink costs me 50 cents--1/2 bottle mixed with your cold brewed coffee and ice...delicious and cheap!

Zerique said...

I am going to have to try this one! I would love if you would join my link up tomorrow where I am hoping to feature any and everything DIY, from recipes, to sewing, to before and afters, etc... Come on by!!!
onesweetstory.blogspot.com

Robin said...

I think you just saved me about $30.

*bowing*

:)

jill said...

You are a riot! Love the starbucks bit:))) Thanks for the recipe. Will be using this from now on.

Sherry@ Ties2ThePast said...

You could also freeze some of the coffee into ice cubes...then the ice wouldn't dilute your tasty treat!!!
♥'s
Sherry

Crystal said...

You just made me thirsty!

I would love for you to link up and share this tutorial and any others on my mommy resource meme!

http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2011/07/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions/

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I'm so grateful that you linked up in this week's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

Tammie said...

I'm so with you! I actually have been doing this for a few weeks now and you're right ... it rocks!! I like to put 1/2 and 1/2 and chocolate syrup in mine. Yummy!!

Lisa said...

This looks so good! I'm wishing I had one this morning!

Chelsea said...

Yummy!! :) I love a great iced coffee in the summer.

I found you on the Thrilling Thursday blog hop and looking forward to following all your crafty ideas now! :)

http://theoldsimplelife.blogspot.com

Rosa said...

I have seen this a lot lately as well, so I actually tried it last week... Oh! It's so wonderful to have coffee ready at any time of the day! :)

erin said...

you are freaking hilarious. I found you from Paisley Passions linky party! I am your newest follower and can NOT believe it took me this long to find you!
Stop by some time if you want.....
erin
www.abirdandabean.blogspot.com

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Haha! You're hilarious!! I love the part about driving by Starbucks! ;)
I just wanted to let you know that I will feature this yumminess at the next {nifty thrifty sunday}. :)
xoxo,
Vanessa

Jennifer Juniper said...

#2 most clicked for Tutorial Tuesday this week! Great job.

Suck it Starbucks!

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

Thanks for linking my FLaunt it Friday party. I'm totally going to try this! I love that you tell starbucks to suck it, I say that all the time cause I'm fancy (but not in front of my kids), your a girl after my own heart. :)

Janet said...

I will try this recipe! I don't have a Crab Cooker container, but have eaten there since I was really, really little, too!
Blessings,
Janet

Cindy said...

Thanks for the recipe and all of your hilarious explanations! I am going to try that.
Hugs, Cindy

Kris said...

Oh my gosh, this post cracked me up! I make extra coffee every morning for my afternoon pick me up of iced coffee, made almost exactly the same way. Rivals the expensive ones at Starbucks, and I think next time I drive by I will yell "suck it" and laugh when I think of your post. Hey, we go to Crab Cooker ALL the time. Going on Sunday in fact for my Nana's 98th birthday party!!! The one in Tustin.
: ) Kris

Ginger@gingersnapcrafts said...

Featuring YOU tonight on my blog. :) Feel free to drop by & grab a button. :) You were the most viewed link last week. Thanks so much for linking up!

Ginger
gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

Mrs. Johnson said...

I love this! I need coffee in the morning but it's too hot out for me to be ok with drinking it so this is just perfect. Also, I love the use of the word 'yo' in your post, it made me actually laugh out loud because I do that all the time.

I posted a link to this post on my tumblr, hope you don't mind!

Ethnic Girl Fun said...

I am so going to try this!

Anonymous said...

I had some Starbucks French Roast coffee that was bitter when brewed in the coffee maker. This saved it. I unfortunately drink twice as much coffee this way though! So yummy!

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