Archive for May 13th, 2009

Iced coffee easy to make at home

Iced coffee is becoming the beverage of choice for summer. Coffeehouses and fast food chains are offering their versions, but they can break the bank if you become addicted. You can make great iced coffee at home with these tips.

While many coffees taste great chilled, Starbucks coffee expert Anthony Carroll recommends high-quality specialty coffees like Kenya or African Kitamu. Both coffees make a wonderful option for serving cold because hints of citrus and floral notes become more pronounced when iced.

After selecting your favorite coffee, brewing the perfect cup of iced coffee at home is easy. To experience the complex flavors of the coffee, Carroll offers these simple steps to brew iced coffee to perfection at home:

* Brew coffee double strength, using one cup (2.5 ounces) of ground coffee to three cups of filtered water (24 ounces), in a coffee press to allow the coffee’s complex flavors to shine through.

* After brewing is complete, pour the coffee into a large pitcher, adding three cups of ice and let it cool.

* Serve the coffee in a tall glass over ice and sweeten to taste.

To put a twist on iced coffee, try serving one of these iced coffee beverages at your next summer get together.

Cafe con leche
1 cup Kenya or Africa Kitamu ground coffee
3 cups  filtered water
1 cup cold milk
Starbucks classic syrup

Brew the coffee double strength using one cup of ground coffee to three cups of water. After brewing is complete, pour the coffee into a pitcher or carafe. Add three cups of ice to the pitcher and let cool. Fill four tall glasses halfway with ice. Pour 1/2 cup (four ounces) iced coffee over ice. Add 1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces/59 milliliters) cold milk to each glass. Sweeten to taste with classic syrup. Makes 4 servings.

Citrus iced coffee
1 cup Kenya or African Kitamu ground coffee
3 cups filtered water
1 orange sliced into thin wedges
1 lime sliced into thin wedges
Starbucks classic syrup

Brew coffee double strength, using one cup of ground coffee to three cups of water. After brewing is complete, pour coffee into a pitcher or carafe. Add orange and lime wedges (put aside enough lime wedges to garnish glasses). Add three cups of ice to the pitcher and let cool. Serve in a tall glass filled halfway with ice and garnish with lime wedge. Sweeten to taste with classic syrup.

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