How I Made My Own Iced Coffee (and You Can Too!)

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With returning to Austin and visiting some of my favorite spots that I haven't seen since January, I was also welcomed back by the trademark Austin (or Texas) heat. While 80-90 degrees isn't hot by any means, coming back to this after living in a country where the high temperature was mid-70s I feel like I'm going to melt at any second. Unfortunately this heat also means that besides a morning cup of coffee or tea, I'm only drinking cold drinks. It was this predicament -- and my having gotten accustomed to having an afternoon coffee or tea -- that made me think, "What if I made my own iced coffee?" So yesterday afternoon, that's exactly what I did! I used some coffee grounds I have from Cianfrani Coffee in Georgetown that I got at some point last year in the flavor Irish Creme.

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Because I wasn't sure how this would turn out I only used 4 tablespoons of grounds. I added 1 cup of cold water per tablespoon, so I used 4 cups of water.

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After all of the water was added I mixed the grounds and water to make sure that everything was wet. I did this once right after the water was added and once more after it had settled a bit, wanting to be sure I got every bit of the grounds.

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I covered the bowl with a towel and let the mixed grounds and water sit overnight to get as much flavor into the water as possible.

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This morning I had to be a bit creative as to how to separate the grounds and the coffee and I ended up taping a coffee filter to one of the biggest glasses we have with masking tape and using a ladle to transfer the grounds and coffee mixture to the filter and let the coffee drip out into the glass.

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I ended up using two glasses to get all the coffee that was in the bowl. The coffee has a really great color and while it is stronger than if I had brewed this coffee with hot water in my french press, it isn't nearly as close to the strength of cold pressed coffee concentrates. I'm having a class as I type this post -- I filled my glass half with the coffee and half with milk, adding just a little bit of sugar since the Irish Creme is sweet on its own.

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While this method was successful, I'm interested in looking into a Toddy system or some of the others I saw at Whole Foods the other day, and having a self-contained system instead of jerry-rigging my own.

Have you ever made your own iced coffee? I'd love to hear how it turned out!