I drink hot coffee all year round, but even a coffee-lover like myself doesn’t feel like drinking a steaming cup of coffee on a muggy summer day. When it is hot out, I reach for iced coffee instead of the hot stuff. The latest trend in cold coffee drinks is cold brewed coffee. While the technique requires a little bit of patience, the results are well worth the wait. This coffee is prepared by steeping coffee grounds in water in the refrigerator overnight. That long, slow steeping time delivers coffee that is flavorful and incredibly smooth – and since it is already chilled, it is perfect for serving over ice. Many coffee shops charge a bit more for cold brewed coffee than for hot coffee because of the time that it takes to brew up a batch, but it is easy to make at home and, over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!) I’ll walk you through the steps so that you can learn How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home easily.
The coffee is quite strong when it is done and should be diluted with water, milk or creamer even if you are serving it over ice. Undiluted, it can be used to make some outstanding blended coffee drinks at home, like my homemade Mocha Coconut Ice Blended.