Making iced coffee at home can have all kinds of benefits. You can make it your way. You can save money - tons of money - as compared to buying a beverage from a coffee shop. It can be more convenient and fun to make. You can make it your way, according to your tastes and dietary preferences. And, it’s lower in acid than hot brewed coffee.
And, you can make iced coffee at home without using a coffee maker. All you need are a strainer, some water, and a pitcher, jar, or large mason jar. Oh, and you need great-tasting coffee. If taste, freshness, and a low acid content are important to you, Alex’s Acid Free Coffee is a great choice.
Choosing Your Coffee and Preparing Your Coffee Grinds
First, which coffee beans will you use for making your iced coffee at home? You can use whole bean or ground coffee. And, you can choose your level of caffeine according to whether you need a jolt of energy, a relaxing drink to wind down, or something in between. Alex’s Acid Free Coffee comes in Whole Bean and Ground versions, with each available in Regular, Decaf, and Half Caff varieties.
If you choose whole bean coffee, you’ll need to grind the beans. As you do, enjoy the scent and immerse yourself in the experience. There is nothing better than the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. You need about 8 ounces of coffee grinds for this simple recipe.
Brewing Your Coffee
Place the grinds in your pitcher or mason jar. Add 8 cups of water, and swirl it around to mix it, making sure you get rid of any big clumps. Then, all you have to do is leave your coffee out for a day or two. Stir or swirl it every so often to let the flavor soak in. When you’re ready, strain it and you’re ready to use it!
Iced Coffee Recipe Ideas
Once you have your cold brew coffee ready, you’re ready to use it! You can drink it straight - and with Alex’s Acid Free Coffee, it definitely tastes good. You can also add your favorite creamer, sugar or sweetener, or milk. And if you want it to make it truly decadent, try adding whipped cream or a whipped cream substitute, like coconut-based whipped topping.
You can blend your coffee with ice to make a shake or smoothie. For breakfast, you can have a high-protein blend with ice cubes, protein powder or yogurt, iced coffee, and a banana or some avocado, for example. Great flavorings to add include cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
You can make iced coffee at home without a coffee maker, and it’s pretty fun. It tastes great, and even better when you choose a smooth, low-acid coffee such as Alex’s Acid Free Coffee. Then you get to dress it up exactly the way you want so it tastes as good as, or even better than, the coffee you’d order from a coffee shop. Enjoy!