A couple of years ago I wrote a satirical piece discussing my love for coffee. I still love it, but I think, like with wine, my brain gets better with age. Now that I am an entire two years older I can tell you that my true love goes to the Baristas and other people who make my coffee. That includes myself when I make it from home. Well, I shouldn’t go that far. It includes myself when it comes to every other cup of coffee I attempt to make for myself. My ability to make a gold star cup of coffee is not very consistent. Why is it so difficult to make the perfect cup of coffee? Yes, I do use the cheapest drip machine possible. It’s a standard 5 cup machine, although it barely pumps through all 5 cups of water I pour into the tank to make the coffee with. No matter what I do, even if I do the same routine 5 days in a row the coffee comes out differently every day. My first issue has been figuring out how much coffee to put in. I have a tablespoon size coffee scoop and I put between 6 and 7 scoops of ground coffee into my filter. It comes out pretty good, but strong. The other issue is that I drink iced coffee 90% of the time. What do you do with that? Do you have to adjust the recipe to account for melted ice in your coffee? Ahhhhhh why is this so confusing? My homemade iced coffees always seem to come out lukewarm, kind of like drinking bitter bathtub water. It’s just not pleasant on top of never adding the right amount of coffee and water into a machine that doesn’t pump all the water in its tank through the coffee grounds and filter then into the coffee pot. What, what, what do I do? This may all sound trivial to you. Especially since I have written a lot about serious topics lately like teachers who make inappropriate decisions involving their high school aged students. None-the-less, you try looking me in my tired and baggy eyes at 8:00 am to tell me all of this coffee dilemma is trivial. I get it. Kids are starving all over the world. People are homeless. Some people have no access to health care. I honestly get it. Obviously I get it, I’ve dedicated the past 6 years of my life to working for nonprofits in all of those areas. Regardless, we all have our problems and bad coffee happens to be mine this morning. That’s why I view people who I can buy coffee from as my newest best friend. I’d bow at their feet and kiss their shoes if it meant getting a better cup of iced coffee in the morning than I made myself today. The only problem with depending on these coffee-making friends is that it’s expensive to buy your coffee everyday. Whenever you read articles about personal finance and cutting back expenses it seems one of the things mentioned is cutting out buying coffee everyday from places like Starbucks. It’s true, it’s just expensive. Not to mention, I don’t really need new friends. I just need to learn how to make iced coffee that doesn’t suck! Luckily I came across an article on Runners World titled Three Ways to Make Iced Coffee At Home. I kid you not, when I came across this article and read the title I think I heard angels singing. If there is one thing I know to be true is that runners know coffee well. Runners, like many competitive athletes, have to wake up extremely early in the mornings to run. This is particularly true when it comes to racing. Runners need coffee just to get up to enjoy their hobby of running. Of course the article first mentions, “you could just throw some ice in your mug, but that leads to lukewarm, watery coffee. Don’t do it!” Woah, okay Runners World. Way to speak directly to me! So I will try their three suggestions:
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 quite 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.