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friday july 20 2007

An icer cup of coffee

8 easy steps to cold-brewing iced coffee in the comfort of your apartment.

Why cold-brew ice coffee?

Without the bitterness produced by hot water, the cold-brewed coffee had hints of chocolate, even caramel. I dropped my sugar packet -- no need for it. The best brews hardly need cream...
Step 1
Start by pouring yesterday's unfinished coffee into those tiny plastic cups you have leftover from your last tequila party. Place in freezer.
Early adopters may use a high-tech device called an icetray. Don't be intimidated if you don't have one.
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Step 2
The next morning, pull your coffee-ice cups out of freezer and set in window sill to allow them to melt a tiny bit away from the cup so you can more easily pop them out.
Duration: 2 minutes, or the time it takes to figure out what's appropriate to wear on a 90° summer day which you'll spend in a 61° air-conditioned office building.
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Step 3
Place your coffee-ice-cubes into your to-go cup. Yellow's a nice color for a to-go cup.
LT{N}C doesn't condone plastic, but also sometimes uses it, but not without mixed feelings, mostly regret.
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Step 4
Oh, right. Last night around 11pm you scooped 7 heaping tablespoons or so of coarsely ground good coffee into an urn, poured cold water over it, and stirred. Then you left this out on the counter, with a lid on it to keep the fruit flies out, overnight, all night. There it sat all night, brewing. Not hot. Cold. Cold brewed.
Cold as in room temperature.

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Step 5
The morning after the all-night brew:
Pour the coffee from the coffee urn into a French Press. Press. This separates the loose grounds from the coffee juice.
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Step 6
Filter the coffee through one more finer sieve or paper filter if you feel like it.
This step is optional and unlikely because your boyfriend probably doesn't have a strange, fine-screened, tea-straining device hiding in the back of your corner cabinet like mine did.
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Step 7
Pour the filtered coffee over those coffee-ice-cubes.
I can't seem to stop straining.
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Step 8
Drink it ...all the way to work. When the ice cubes melt, just more coffee.
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Recipe: Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee (NYTimes)
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