Yes, you are correct. I am still searching for the perfect way to make an amazing cup of Iced Coffee at home. It’s been a dramatic fight over something that probably seems silly to a lot of people out there. Especially people who don’t drink coffee or understand the cravings that come along with it. Wow, if I can digress for a second I have to point something out. Did that last sentence sound like something a cigarette smoker would say? I am 100% of the mind that coffee is extremely addictive. Back to my point. Iced coffee is amazing, but often feels like either too much work to make at home or that it always comes out bad when made at home. That’s why I decided to write about my issues surrounding Iced Coffee last week. I discussed the challenges of finding the perfect recipe or method for preparing the perfect cup of homemade iced coffee. A solution that doesn’t require me to spend $2 to $3 per day on one cup of iced coffee a day and doesn’t involve me drinking a cup of watered down homemade iced coffee that tastes like bath water. Oh, and is also the same temperature of bath water. That is just a deal breaker. Three options presented themselves when I approached this issue last week. To refresh your memory those options, found on the Runners World website, included:
Option 1 You need a standard coffee maker, ground coffee, water and ice. Brew your coffee twice as strong as usual (issue with this is that I don’t really know how much coffee I usually use…). Use the same amount of grounds and half the amount of water. When it’s done, pour it into a mug and load it up with ice. The first cubes will melt, bringing the coffee to room temperature and diluting it. Once you have some cubes that aren’t melting, it’s cold and ready to drink.
Option 2 Apparently takes a couple of hours. You need a standard coffee maker, ground coffee, water and at least one ice-cube tray. Brew a pot of coffee as usual. Pour the coffee into the ice-cube tray and freeze. Use these in standard-brewed hot coffee to cool it down without diluting it. Keep in mind that you’ll need a few to cool down hot coffee and will end up with more coffee once the cubes have melted.
Option 3 Sounds like something I won’t even attempt. They say you need a Toddy Cold Brew Coffee Maker*. Nope, the point is to use what I have already so I won’t bother with this.
Those three options really didn’t suffice for me. Option one is too watery and weak. Option two ruins you ice trays. Thankfully my friend warned me before I ruined any of my current ice trays. I could just go and buy ice trays specific to my coffee, but my freezer is small and I don’t have room for that. Option 3 wasn’t tested at all. From there tested a fourth option. That option was to fill a pitcher full of freshly brewed coffee on a Sunday and let it cool off in the fridge over night. Come Monday morning I did have a pitcher of coffee to poor over ice that didn’t melt the ice down diluting the flavor. The issue that arose was one I mentioned last week. I still am having a ridiculous time trying to get the recipe right. How many scoops of coffee grounds do I use for this? That’s when I found Option 5. Yes, hold onto your panties everybody! Option 5 isn’t as cheap as the options listed above, but it does cost less than $2 to $3 a day. Today, however, I found an option that is a pretty decent solution. Let’s recap my list of must haves for the perfect Iced Coffee method:
- I have to be spending less than $10 a business week on coffee.
- The coffee cannot taste weak, warm, watery or too strong. It has to be perfectly balanced.
- I must not waste any time in the morning.
Options 4 and 5 are the winning options and I don’t think you can go wrong with either one because they both have their strengths. How does option 4 and 5 compare on these three must-haves? With option 5 :
- I would be spending $5 a week on iced coffee or less.
- The coffee taste perfect in flavor and strength.
- It takes no time to prepare.
With option 4:
- It cost less than $5 a week to make.
- The taste typically is good enough, although option 5 has a consistent result in flavor.
- It takes a little preparation time on a Sunday, but also takes very little to no prep time in the morning before work.
You are probably sitting on the edge of your seat asking what the heck is this amazing option number 5? Let me tell you, Starbucks has come to the rescue and I never expected it! I never thought I would say it, but I am in love with their pre-made product I found at the grocery store Sunday. For $5.00 I got a 48 ounce bottle of unsweetened pre-made Starbucks Coffee. All it requires is a cup, ice and any cream or sugar you may want to add. I do know what you may be thinking. You probably are thinking this is no different than the single served ice coffee drinks that Starbucks has had on the market for years. Trust me, it’s better! Those single served things are always overly sweet and filled with too much milk. This has no milk added and is unsweetened. You can tailor it to your liking! Considering your average glass is about 8 ounces in size or your average reusable iced coffee cup is about 16 fluid ounces. By the time you add ice to your cup you will only be using around 8 ounces of liquid coffee a day. That equals 6 cups of iced coffee from one bottle of this product. That answers all my problems. I cut my expenditure in half when comparing this to going into a Starbucks or similar coffee shop and buying a cup of iced coffee with a splash of soy every day. Yes, there is the issue that a bag of coffee grounds lasts a lot longer than a one week bottle of liquid coffee. None-the-less it is an easy way to get iced coffee at home for roughly 50% less than I would be paying otherwise. Now for your benefit. My how to guide of Option Number 5: Starbucks Pre-Made unsweetened and uncreamed Iced Coffee!
Step 2: Grab a glass. Go ahead, just pick one!
Step 6: Look amazing while drinking your iced coffee at home! Boom! You’re done!