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Iced Coffee

FEATURED ITEM: Iced Coffee at Home: Cold Brew and More

Wake up every morning all summer long with fresh-brewed, refreshing iced coffee before you even walk out the door.

You can certainly brew coffee as usual in your coffee maker and pour it over ice. But that won’t get you ideal results. That’s because 1) the coffee will be diluted by the ice, and 2) it’s tough to get your coffee cold enough when it started out hot.

One simple solution is to brew coffee and put it in the fridge overnight. It works, and you wind up with cold coffee in the morning. Add ice and you’re good to go.

The latest trend in making a smooth, less-acidic cup of iced coffee in a way that brings out the flavor of the beans themselves is cold brewing.

If “cold brew” sounds like something you can only find at the nearest coffee shop, follow this basic method to brew the perfect cup in the comfort of your own kitchen:

  • Combine freshly ground coffee with cold, filtered water. Mix 1/3 cup coffee with 1 cup of filtered water for approximately 4 cups of coffee. You can scale up from there.
  • Leave the mixture on the counter at room temperature from 8 hours to overnight.
  • This can be done in a glass jar or French Press. (Or you can get a system made especially for cold brewing.)
  • The key to the final product – your coffee concentrate – is straining it. Use coffee filter inside a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth for great results.
  • When serving, dilute the concentrate with water based on your preferred coffee strength.
  • Cold brew lasts in the refrigerator for up to a week.

No matter how you brew your iced coffee, be sure to have your favorite milk or creamer on hand to make a drink as good as a coffee shop. Make it sweet and luscious with Wide Awake Non-Dairy Creamer in Vanilla Caramel, or tropical with So Delicious Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Creamer. Or add creamy whole milk and a teaspoon of vanilla and sweeten to taste with sugar or your preferred sweetener.

Don’t have time to think about brewing it yourself? Stop by Roche Bros. and pick up any of several flavors of iced coffee ready to go! From Our Kitchen’s own cold brew or Starbucks Frappuccino and Iced Coffee in a bottle to Califia Farms Cold Brew Coffee blended with Almondmilk in several enticing flavors, we have your iced cup o’ joe covered in spades.