coffee for hot weather

Monday, June 3, 2013

Everybody likes coffee, right?  Until about five months ago, I did not get it at all.  I had always liked the smell but never liked the taste of coffee.  My dad drinks it in the morning, and for a period of time when he was driving me to school every day, I would make it for him.

When I went back to work after a short Christmas break this year, it was just too much for me to handle.  After too many long pauses to yawn while reading a story or giving what should have been quick instructions, I knew it was time for a change.  At first, I liked the boost every few mornings.  But as my mom warned, it didn't take long before I was hooked.

Since I started my coffee habit in January, I hadn't thought about what I would do during hot weather.  I thoroughly enjoy a hot cup in the morning while I study my Bible, but when it started heating up last week, I found myself pouring out half of what I'd made each morning.  Then, I remembered the times my dad made iced coffee.  A few years ago, my mom's friend raved about her iced coffee that she made with a cold brewing system, and she talked my dad into trying it.  She may or may not have actually bought a cold brewing system and chocolate powder for our house.

I saw some buzz on the internet over the Pioneer Woman's iced coffee recipe, so I combined what I learned from my dad and Pioneer Woman to try it myself.  I used our cold brew bucket/carafe and quartered PW's recipe.  Instead of my dad's precise mix of this flavor and that flavor, I got some Costa Rican beans ground at Cup A Joe.  B's parents always get their coffee there, and he had given me the same kind of coffee for Valentine's Day.

I let the 1/4 pound of ground coffee and 2 quarts of water sit for about 20 hours then pulled the plug and let it drain.  I moved it to the pitcher to store in the refrigerator.

The next morning, I tried it as PW suggested: lots of ice, about half a glass of coffee and half milk, with a spoonful of sugar.  Honestly, I was not a fan of this mixture.  Since the drink was cold when I added the sugar (breaking an important rule if you know anything about making sweet tea), the sugar did not dissolve.  Crunching on sugar that I don't normally drink in my coffee anyway . . . no, thank you.

I almost gave up, but the next morning I tried to make it exactly the way I would drink hot coffee: with a generous splash of almond milk.  And now, finally, I have found my solution for summer coffee.  Just trust me on this and make your iced coffee the same way you like hot coffee.

I got my concoction right in time for a pick me up before volunteering at my church's 5K on Saturday.

How do you like your coffee?  Ever tried making iced coffee at home?

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