Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Coffee Concentrate

You need to plan 12 hours ahead for this but it is worth the effort. I've been buying the gigantic can of Midwest Country Fair coffee from Hy-Vee for around $4.50 a 2 lb. tin. You'd probably expect it to be horrible (hell, I'd expect it to be horrible-but given this long soaking treatment it is actually pretty decent and it makes excellent iced coffee. The concentrate will make 2 generous servings and can also be kept in the fridge up to two days. The soaking process mellows the coffee and turns the el-cheapo store brand coffee into something that honestly rivals what you could get at some coffee places-it beats the pants off anything I've ever had from Scooters.

You Will Need:

A glass jar
1/3 cup ground coffee
1 1/2 cups water

Mix it in a jar and let it sit 12 hours at room temperature. Strain through a coffee filter fit into a sieve. Strain again (this seems silly, but it does make a difference even if you can't see any particles). Dilute with an equal amount of water. Serve hot or cold. Seriously, mixed with sugar, cream and a bunch of ice it is almost like a frappe.

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