My sweet instagram friend, Amber was saying that she just couldn't get her iced coffee to taste right and I knew I needed to help her out!
A few years ago I fell in love with a venti Hazelnut Breve Iced Coffee at Starbucks and just COULD NOT GET ENOUGH. I'd legit dream of them. A few months into my new addiction I KNEW that I could figure this out. I mean, it's coffee not rocket science... right?
Well, I'll let you know what doesn't work: Keurig, Instant coffee, Regular coffee maker....they just aren't the same. I can't put my finger on it but serious iced coffee lovers will know exactly what I mean!
Right, so what does that leave?
I've touched on this here with a review for the Toddy Cold Brew System.
But I got bored with the Toddy. It was so big, it took a while to strain and I had to make so much at once that even a coffee addict like myself would find that it would start to taste stale. I needed a quick and easy way to make fresh iced coffee.
One day it clicked! YES! My french press! Same idea. Just smaller.
So here is how I do it!
What you need:
- A good coffee - I am only using this one because it's decaf and I was already at Trader Joe's. I prefer Starbucks Iced Coffee Blend found here.
- French Press - it doesn't need to be fancy, I think this one was around $20
- Syrup or some sort of artificial sweetener. Sugar will not dissolve since the liquid never gets hot. I buy my hazelnut syrup in a huge bottle for under $10 at my local starbucks (ask for a pump!).
- Half & Half
Fill the french press up with 80% water and 6-8 scoops of coffee - this is not an exact science - some like more, some like less, start with 6 and then move up or down from there.
Use the back of a spoon to press the coffee down. You don't want to stir just get all of the grinds wet.
Put the lid back on but DO NOT PUSH THE PRESS DOWN. Let it sit overnight.
In the morning, press down slowly, you'll need to use some pressure. Pour over ice and add your syrup (I do 4 pumps) and half & half (I just eye it - I'm not shy with it!). Put whatever is left in a mason jar or some other covered container!
Ta-da! Perfect iced coffee! It's so smooth and refreshing!
If you make it - I'd love to hear your thoughts! And as always, please let me know if you have any questions!!