Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Caramel Iced Coffee

Caramel Iced Coffee:

2 ounces coffee concentrate
1 cup milk
Smucker's Caramel (or Chocolate) Sundae Syrup

Mix the concentrate and milk together, then stir in a couple/few squirts of caramel syrup and add some ice cubes.


I've made a second batch of cold-brew coffee concentrate and I think I got the water/coffee ratio right this time.

I used Community Coffee's Kenya whole bean coffee (12oz); it's a medium-dark roast from their Private Reserve collection, but it's only available for a limited time. I used
Rouses grinder, on the "coarse" setting, to grind the beans so I didn't have to do it at home - a good tip I found from a reviewer on Amazon.com. Rouses doesn't charge you extra to grind the beans either - nice. Only grind your beans at the grocery store if you're planning on using the coffee grounds right away! Fresh is better!

I also tried another tip from a reviewer on Amazon.com and reused the coffee grounds.

Okay, so here's what I did this go 'round:

1. Insert the plug to the outside bottom of the plastic container.
2. Make sure the filter is very wet, then put it in the inside bottom of the plastic container.
3. Pour 2 cups water into plastic container.
4. Add all 12 ounces of the coarse ground coffee beans.
5. In a gentle circular motion pour 2 cups of water.
6. Wait 5 minutes and pour 2 more cups of water. Press any grounds down with the back of a spoon - try not to stir.
8. Wait 14 hours.
9. Pull the plug while holding the plastic container over the glass decanter.
10. Put the plug back into the plastic container.
11. Add 4 more cups of water - don't stir! Use your spoon to tap the grounds down.
12. Wait 10 hours.
13. Pull the plug while holding the plastic container over the glass decanter.
14. It fills the glass decanter almost to the top - about 7 cups (56 ounces). The rest of the water is soaked up by the grounds. Don't squeeze the water out of the grounds!

The result is a much stronger coffee concentrate, but it's still very smooth and not bitter. I use 2 ounces coffee concentrate to make an 8 ounce cup of coffee, it tastes delicious and smells wonderful!

It makes a delicious iced coffee too.

Have fun!


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