Iced Coffee

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Introduction: Iced Coffee

If you want the caffeinated kick to the head that coffee provides, but you don't want to worry about scorching your tongue, then iced coffee is the way to go. When in the depths of a particularly deep caffeine binge I would opt for the iced stuff because I could drink it so much faster.

With this method, you can make a batch of concentrated coffee to make individual iced cups of coffee for the next several days. It's perfect for when you need a quick fix.

Step 1: Get the Stuff

You'll need:

1/2 pound of coffee ground for a French press
12 cup French press. I'm using Bodum's 12 cup press.

The 12 cups here are really 4-ounce cups. So the 12 "cups" is really the equivalent of 6 cups.

Take out the strainer and drop the grounds in.

If you don't have a French press, simply use any container and a method of straining the grounds out.

Step 2: Start the Brew

Add 4 cups of room temperature water. Stir it up well to mix the grounds with the water.

The grounds will steep for 12-16 hours and need to be stirred a few times along the way. So whenever you pass your room temperature mix, just give it a stir.

Step 3: Press the Coffee

Now put the strainer back on the French press and press the coffee. Pour off the coffee into another container, preferably one with a spout. I used my 8 cup French press for this (yes, I used to be addicted).

You can now chill this coffee in your fridge for up to 10 days. This will be your concentrated coffee that you will use to make iced coffee whenever you want.

Step 4: Make an Iced Coffee

Making an iced coffee is simple. Just take out a glass and fill it with ice. Now pour in the coffee so that it fills up a little less than half of the glass.

Top off the drink with some water. This along with some of the melted ice will give you the right strength. Feel free to test your ratios until you're happy with it.

Add cream and/or sugar and stir.

Drink!

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    Hi Fungus Amungus (like the MTG Card?)
    I think the cold brewing is pretty cool, never seen it before... does the cold brewed coffee 'keep' (stay fresh/drinkable) longer? My coffee usually does not survive more than a day, thus I brew every morning (see below):

    How I make Iced Coffee, I make extra (hot) coffee with my French Press in the morning (7:00ish), then after my morning cup(s) I drain the remaining coffee (adding brown sugar), refrigerate (or in summer: freeze) the rest. Then at 14:00ish I make some Iced Coffee.

    Alternatively, when I have guests over I make a MochaPot extra strong and chill the hot brew with ice and a cocktail shaker.

    I haven't done this one in a little while. When I did, though, it would last in my fridge for a day or two. By that I mean I'd drink it up by then. It was perfectly fine a couple days alter.

    Don't know the MTG card, I just like mushrooms. Regular mushrooms, that is.

    My bad, it a Magic ((the Gathering) Legacy Deck called: the-fungus-among-us.
    http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/the-fungus-among-us/

    hmmm might be good, but can you use just instant coffee?

    this tastes different
    cold brewing coffee is very different from hot brewed coffee (which is how they brewed instant coffee

    yeah just brew it double strong and pour it over ice

    what is a french press? this couln'd be make without this? (wow, a desire for coffe hit me up;-)

    hey, I still need of a french press even using soluble coffe? (sorry, I'm from brasil, and, here I have never heard of this kind of thing)

    i'm in russia right now, and no one drinks real coffee, only the instant kind (soluble as you call it, i think). I found a way to make iced coffee pretty well using it. just brew a cup of coffee hot like you always do, but put double the instant coffee and sugar in(maybe triple sugar) Now find a larger cup, fill it with ice, and (optional) pour some milk?cream in the bottom. Then just pour in your hot coffee. Alot of the ice will melt, hence the double strong brew.