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Best iced coffee ever

Nyleve Jul 2, 2006 03:16 PM

After a long and mostly enjoyable quest, I think I have finally perfected it. Iced coffee so good that I don't feel I need to go any further. The secret, as it turns out, is coffee ice cubes. I made these with a batch of extra-strong coffee run through my filter machine the other day.

Into the blender goes one long shot of espresso, about the same amount of milk and as much sugar as you like. Put on the lid, but remove the center hole-thingy. With the blender running (at top speed), drop about 4 coffee ice cubes in through the hole, one at a time. Continue blending until you can't hear any more crunching.

Pour into a tall glass over (plain) ice.

Better than any crappy, fake, oversweetened excuse for iced coffee you can get anywhere.

Except maybe not better than a real shakerato in Italy - but then again, that could just be about being in Italy.

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    morebubbles Jul 19, 2006 07:00 PM

    This is my way of making iced coffee:
    Take a long shot of espresso into blender, add 1 heaping tablespoon of French chocolate powder(which is lightly sweetened), add a couple of ice cubes, milk and blend! Love it.
    Will consider the coffee ice cubes though, thnx.

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      tzmack Jul 19, 2006 06:55 PM

      I've come across a different way of doing it, a bit easier than freezing coffee. All you do is put ground coffee into a jar of water -- 2 tablespoons for an 8-ounce cup seems to work fine, I think you could even use one tablespoon --- and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The coffee brews and is ready to drink the next morning. I have heard that this is a Brazilian method.

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      1. re: tzmack
        Darren72 Jul 19, 2006 06:58 PM

        This is called cold brewing, and you can use it to make excellent ice coffee (as tzmack said) or as a base to make excellent hot coffee. See two recent threads on this:


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        cooknKate Jul 4, 2006 03:59 AM

        I think the best iced coffee is a real strong brewed cup mixed with Silk Soy chocolate. It's SO delicious!

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          Nyleve Jul 3, 2006 02:34 PM

          You know - it's funny - I've known about those coffee ice cubes for years but just never got around to making them. As if it's any work at all (duh). But I'm a convert now. Made the cubes with espresso coffee run through my drip machine. Didn't have the patience to do all that espresso properly - but the coffee itself was an espresso, pulled properly.

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            Fleur Jul 3, 2006 05:36 AM

            This sounds close to what my Columbian friends call, not surprisingly, Columbian Iced Coffee.

            The coffee ice cubes sound like a great tip. The Columbians also add 1/2 tsp cinnamon and dust the top with cocoa powder.

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              mic9ael Jul 2, 2006 09:15 PM

              For extra fun, try espresso ice cubes.

              I like to blend them up w/cold coffee, cream and sugar.

              what i cook -----> http://dcinsideout.blogspot.com/icook

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                Aaron Jul 2, 2006 07:26 PM

                I learned that trick too, and LOVE it...no watered down coffee. I also use it for iced tea sometimes, as I just hate when things get diluted.

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                  hbgrrl Jul 2, 2006 06:27 PM

                  Great call on those coffee ice cubes.
                  That WOULD make all the difference!
                  Thanks for sharing.

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                  1. re: hbgrrl
                    Nyleve Jul 2, 2006 06:57 PM

                    You're welcome. I tell ya - it just made my day today!

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