In celebration of yesterday’s summer solstice, we walked to Caribou Coffee and treated ourselves to some delicious cold coffee beverages.
Which reminded me that I’ve been meaning to show you how to French press iced coffee. It’s an alternative to the tutorials all over the internet involving strainers and cheesecloth and various sieves – I am lazy and I want to do little work for my delicious coffee.
Why Cold Brew?
Cold brewed coffee is approximately 12,000 times better than hot coffee that is made cold. It takes a lot longer (9-12 hours), but the results are so worth it. If you’ve only ever had Starbucks or McDonald’s iced coffee – get thee to a cold brewed iced coffee recipe and make it now. I insist.
Why French Press?
We have a French press for our hot coffee because it’s a smaller appliance than a coffee maker and the best way to enjoy coffee. Something about oils being released and I don’t know, it’s just so delicious compared to a drip brew coffee maker. And it’s easy to clean, so it never makes the coffee taste funky. Plus, I can use it to (**hippie alert**) make almond or cashew milk. Versatile! Again, if you are a coffee lover and have never had French pressed coffee – try it. (I’ve used this one and loved it. We currently have one we got at TJ Maxx on clearance.)
This will be super easy. Are you ready?
I use one cup of coffee and two cups of water – but play around if you like. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you should get one. You can grind spices, make oat flour, and even turn granulated sugar into powdered sugar with it!
I stick the plunger in lightly and don’t press down to fit it in the fridge. (I could put it in without a lid, but I have a fear of fridge smells permeating my coffee.)
I would have taken a picture of it pressed, but Mike pressed it and poured it into a jar so he could make some hot coffee (he doesn’t like iced coffee).
And now you can doctor it up!
I used to use a lot of water to dilute the coffee – it’s sort a coffee syrup; it’s thick. But now, I just add a touch of water and lots of ice. Play around and see what you like.
Granulated sugar won’t dissolve in iced coffee, so I like to use store-bought or homemade syrups in it. I’ll include a super-easy-barely-a-recipe recipe below for making vanilla syrup – but you could add any flavoring to it.
French Press Iced Coffee
1 cup of coffee
2 cups of water
1. Grind coffee on the coarse setting. (Or for just a few seconds).
2. Mix coffee grounds and cold water in French press. Refrigerate for 9-12 hours.
3. Press and serve! It’s sort of thick, so dilute it to your tastes. Add cream, sweetener, and lots of ice. Drink from a mason jar.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Boil water and sugar.
2. Stir in some vanilla extract.
3. Serve in coffee. YUM.