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Drinking Problems

June 21st, 2007 at 03:06 pm

I love coffee. Love it, love it. Coffee makes the fog clear, the sky blue, the sun rise in the morning. Coffee transforms my brain from a sluggish clod of dirt into a sleek, high-speed performance machine. Or maybe it just helps me string a sentence together at 9 am.

So I have a dedicated mid-morning cuppa, just as insurance towards a happy life. But this heat...it's so intolerable that I'm nearly off my food. And the thought of drinking anything hot makes me sweat a little.

So, this weekend I started drinking iced coffee. I was so desperate for a fix, I actually bought this at a Corporate House O'Doom.

The obivous conclusions can be made here: the coffee was delicious, more $$ than what I want to pay on a daily basis, and so I've been doing a little homework to crack the code.

Here's what I found, pass it on!

Cold-brewing iced coffee:

* Start with a coarse-ground dark roast. You can get this in bulk at a grocery store.

* Put a quantity of coffee in a clean container, and add double the volume of water as you did coffee (so, say 2 cups of water for 1 cup of grounds.) Not boiling water, just plain water.

* Let this concoction steep for about 10 hours.

* Filter the coffee water mix. The resulting liquid (coffee concentrate) is called "toddy". You'll want to dilute it with some water, and because it's already so strong, it should keep a nice flavor even when you add icecubes.

From what I've read about cold brewing, it's got a smoother flavor and less acid than the regular hot brewing method.

And how to sugar it now that it's cold? Martha Stewart has a simple sugar syrup recipe and you can flavor that to taste to duplicate all the fancy schmancy syrups you find in the Corporate Houses O'Doom.

Of course, you can always make hot coffee, add sugar, put in fridge, go to bed and drink it later. But try the different way and see what you think!

7 Responses to “Drinking Problems”

  1. gremlingolfer Says:

    Coffee is also my savior. However, I drink the coffee provided at work.

    It boggles my mind the number of people who pay $3.85 for a coffee in the monring at Starbucks.

  2. Brooklyn girl Says:

    Thanks, I will try it. It would be nice to take a nice cold cup of coffee on the train in the morning without wasting 5 min to drop by the coffee shop and risk being late. (lines!) And saving money is a nice bonus as well.

    I too, am not a big fan of a "cut out the coffee" suggestions. In fact, I'll be taking a small coffee tour on my honemoon Smile (among other things, of course)

  3. librarylady Says:

    I discovered Iced coffee last summer and it is delicious! I am quite intrigued with your recipe. I may have to try that sometime.
    The iced coffee I got last summer did taste very strong, but mmmm, mmmmm, good!
    My daughter was a barrista? (worked in a coffee shop) for awhile and learned to make all those wonderful coffees.
    I won't pay the prices either for a cup of Starbucks very often. My Folgers is fine with me. Smile

  4. fern Says:

    I'm like you, except that my elixir is tea, hot in the winter, iced in the summer and home-brewed, bitter strong.

  5. tinapbeana Says:

    Anna, I'm another coffee lovin' fool! Here's how I handle the iced coffee delima:

    Make a pot of regular hot coffee. Drink a cup Big Grin Let the remainder cool to room temperature, then pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Make another pot of regular coffee. Drink a cup Big Grin Let the remainder cool and then pour into an air-tight bottle you can keep in the fridge. Now when you want an iced coffee, take some chilled coffee from the fridge and add milk/sugar syrup and a couple of coffee ice cubes. Or, blend the whole thing up for a frappe kind of experience.

    YUM!

  6. annab Says:

    coffee ice cubes?

    mmmmmmmmmmm...tasty...can't wait to try!

  7. baselle Says:

    I love cold processed coffee. Its tastes smoother to me.

    And yep, I will not pay $3.85 for a cup of coffee, because in fact at that price you're buying milk, syrup, whip cream, chocolate and frappogenized crud. I actually love the taste of drip coffee. Even at corporate coffee house o'doom the drip runs about $1.75.

    For a very similar but even clearer cafeine buzz, yerba mate. The only downside is that it tastes like a cigarette butt if you don't put any sugar in it.

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