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K-cups and Brew Over Ice K-cups: What’s the Difference?

free-brew-over-ice-k-cup-sampler-fsfYou can use K-cups to brew iced coffee easily, but there are also Brew Over Ice K-cups that seem to be only be used for brewing iced coffee or iced tea. With these two different types of K-cups, what is the difference?

You can use either K-cup to brew hot or over ice, but the Brew Over Ice K-cups have one key difference that makes them a bit more suitable for brewing a single serving of iced coffee: more coffee packed within. Continue reading

Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew Coffee

Now that the weather is getting warmer, you’ll most likely hear a lot about iced coffee and cold brew coffee. They sound similar, and while they are both cold coffee drinks, they are not brewed the same way and have different tastes. Both can be done at home with little to no fuss, and both can taste absolutely delicious. Here are the differences, and here is what you need to know about them.

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Iced coffee is coffee brewed hot, like in your regular coffee maker, and then poured over ice. There are various ways to accomplish an iced coffee. Some pour a pot of coffee into a glass of ice. Some brew directly into a glass of ice. Others have tried a drip method that slowly drips the hot coffee onto ice, droplet by droplet.

The most recommended method is called the “Japanese iced brew”, and it’s a pour-over brewing process that drips directly into ice. To prevent dilution, it’s usually recommended that one use more coffee grounds than usual. Making ice cubes from coffee, chocolate, or even simple syrup will also help prevent any dilution. Continue reading

Iced Coffee Hacks

The weather around here bounces back and forth between hot and slightly chilly, but iced coffee season is definitely upon us! We’ve written before on the dos and don’ts of making your own iced coffee, which you should most definitely reread if you need a refresher. This post, however, is about different hacks you can do to make that iced coffee even better or give it a little kick. Sometimes it’s just fun to spruce things or literally spice things up in your iced coffee routine!

Flavored Ice Cubes

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you know all about making coffee ice cubes so that the coffee doesn’t dilute as the ice melts. But why stop at coffee ice cubes?

Try making ice cubes from chocolate for a super sweet treat. All you need is cocoa powder, water, agave syrup, and a little bit of your time over a hot stove. ManMade Guide has the recipe on this delicious idea.

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Add a sprig of mint to your ice cube trays, whether you’re making chocolate, coffee, or regular water ice cubes.

Shake the Coffee Cold.

Instead of pouring the coffee over ice cubes, dump all of your iced coffee ingredients into a bartender’s shaker, add ice, and shake it, baby! There’s a reason why bartenders use this method to pour cold cocktails, and it’s not for the arm workout. Continue reading

Sweet, Cool Iced Coffee Ideas from the East

Iced-CoffeeHave you done iced coffee to death all summer long? Bored with simply adding different flavors to your cold-brew coffee? Adding milk or a dollop of whipped cream? There are a few tricks you can do to keep your summer coffee from being boring. Sure you can add sugar and cream, etc. etc., but here are some proven methods from Asia to help spruce up your regular cup of iced coffee.

We recommend trying each one at least once to find out which blend is the tastiest to you.

Japanese Iced Coffee

Many coffee connoisseurs swear this is the best method for brewing the perfect cup of iced coffee. With this method, you replace the amount of water you use to brew with ice. Fill your carafe with 8 ounces of ice instead of water and then brew your normal pot of pour-over coffee. In this way, the coffee isn’t over-diluted with the water used from brewing and the water from melted ice.

There’s a handy dandy video from Counter Culture Coffee that shows exactly how to brew Japanese Iced Coffee. Continue reading

Iced Coffee Tips

Iced CoffeeWith the hot summer months upon us, it’s really hard to think of consuming coffee any other way aside from cold, no matter how much we love that first cup in the morning. (This is especially true if you reside in Texas or the South in general.)

We can satisfy this craving with a quick run to a neighborhood coffee shop, but if you want to brew your own delicious iced coffee, here are some quick tips to make the most of your cold brew.

Don’t brew iced coffee with hot water.

First thought may be to brew your coffee the traditional way and then pour the hot concoction over ice. While this will undoubtedly work, and you can do this in a jiffy, the hot coffee will melt the ice, which will then dilute it greatly.

You can brew coffee with cold water, and while doing so produces a far better tasting version of iced coffee, it takes far longer to make.

Here is a recipe from the Salisbury Post on how to concoct the perfect iced coffee:

Start to finish: 8 to 12 hours
Servings: 8

  • 4 cups spring water
  • 1 generous cup coarse ground coffee

In a glass jar slightly larger than 1 quart, combine the water and coffee. Stir well. Cover the jar and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 to 12 hours.

When ready to strain, uncover the jar and stir. Line a mesh strainer with several layers of cheesecloth, then set it over a large bowl. Pour the coffee mixture into the strainer and let the coffee concentrate drip into the pitcher. Depending on the size of your strainer, you may need to do this in batches. Discard the coffee grounds.

Pour the coffee concentrate into a clean glass jar and refrigerate until ready to drink.

To serve, fill tall glasses with ice and any desired sweetener or cream. Pour 1/2 cup of the coffee concentrate into each glass. Stir and serve immediately.

Use a French Press.

By using a French Press, you can brew the coffee and filter it all in one go. In fact, Bodum sells a French Press model that is specifically for creating iced coffee.

Use a coarse grind of coffee.

If you use a fine grind, it’s difficult to strain the coffee grounds properly. As a result, your coffee could be filled with residual coffee grounds.

Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays.

No matter how you brew your coffee, hot or cold, if you have any left over, freeze it in ice cube trays. By using coffee ice cubes instead of water, you can prevent your iced coffee from getting diluted when the ice melts. If you must create your iced coffee with a hot water brewer, this is the only way to prevent dilution at all.

Now that you know the secrets to a delicious brew of iced coffee, it’s time to get brewing! Need to stock up on coffee for your iced escapades? We have plenty of brands of ground coffee to choose from! Not to mention, from now through September, with every case of Maxwell House Coffee purchased, we’ll toss in a free ice cube tray just for making your coffee ice cubes!