Nate and I are both coffee lovers and we often treat ourselves by stopping in at our favorite local coffee shop for a delicious iced coffee – especially this time of year! I stick to my “one cup a day” rule at this point in my pregnancy and of course watch out for the stronger stuff! I water things down quite a bit or get half caff when I’m in doubt.
Going out to coffee shops can add up quite a bit though! So I love that I can make it at home and make it *just* as well! I’m not sure if you’ve ever attempted iced coffee at home by just pouring coffee over ice but – it just doesn’t work like that. It’s not good. My friend Kristie bought this iced coffee maker for me off of Amazon as a gift and I’ve been using it religiously ever since! It is unbelievably easy to use. It’s a good thing too because the instructions came 100% in Japanese! ;]
So how do you use it? Well let me tell you. It’s so simple! Because I’m super fancy (not really) I like to grind my own beans with a coffee grinder (I use this extremely cheap one) but you can use already ground coffee as well. I personally fill the reusable filter to about half full of coffee. You can really adjust this based on your taste! We’ve been using espresso beans recently so I tend to put a little less because it makes a stronger cup. Remember that you’ll be watering it down a bit by adding ice cubes as well! Next, place the coffee filter inside and fill with filtered water. This takes a little time because only so much water can fit as it seeps down through the coffee. I use a spoon to stir it as I put more and more water in to help the process along. Once it’s completely full of water put the lid on and pop it into the fridge! That’s it! I let ours sit over night and by morning it’s ready to go!
I like to put a little bit of creamer in mine and I’ve been eyeing this almond syrup for a while! I always order almond flavoring in my iced coffee so that would be the perfect touch! Right now I’m pretty obsessed with the chocolate chip cookie creamer I found at the grocery store though. It’s delicious!
Do you make iced coffee at home? I’d love to hear how you make yours!