Oh glorious coffee.
Can you feel the warmth of the mug? Smell the dense aroma rising? Taste the richness on your tongue?
Coffee has served as a constant companion of many and sees us through many trials. (Deadlines, exams, classes, finals ..!!! Just to name a few)
But then, Summer comes - and as many of your coffee fanatics may agree, iced coffee is often less than satisfactory. Rather than rich and robust it is flat out watery and bland.
But no need to fear my dear coffee lovers! Summer days can indeed be completed with refreshing yet robust java!
A dear friend of mine shared this link with me and it has since restored my love for coffee - even iced. Check it out for yourself.
Here is a documentation of my own variation on this genius idea:
Measure out you desired amount of freshly grounded coffee bean and put into a mason jar or some other type of container. (I measure out about 2 Tbsp./ 1 cup of water)
Stir this delightful concoction, while noting its intense aromatic quality.
Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours - I like to do mine over night. (The patience will pay off!)
After the time has passed and the coffee has settled, place a strainer or cheesecloth over a separate container and pour the mixture.
The remains. I would suggest throwing them in your compost pile or garden is you have it.
Throw in a could of ice cubes and prepare as desired. I like to add some frothed almond milk and agave nectar to mine. Other variations may include a splash of half and half, some raw sugar, stevia, etc. And for the boldest among us: just drink it black and take in the full goodness of the flavor.