It’s been seriously hot this week. So hot, in fact, that I’m now requiring all of my drinks to have ice in them because it’s just too damn hot. It seemed like it was cooling down here in California, but alas, we’re back in the 100’s this week so iced coffee it is!
For anyone, like me, who doesn’t actually own a coffee maker because you don’t have the space or don’t want to spend the money, iced coffee can seem like a seriously difficult task, but with a little ingenuity and a few choice methods, you can make delicious coffee (hot and cold) anytime you like.
How to Make Coffee Without A Coffee Maker
- Choose Your Method. The first thing you need to do is choose your method. I used a CoffeeSock DIY Cold Brew Kit because I knew I wanted to cold brew the coffee. As someone who regularly drinks iced coffee due to the regular warm weather here in California, I knew this was the better option for me. If you live in a colder area or prefer to have hot coffee, you might want to try a Chemex for pour over coffee or even a percolator for stove top brewed coffee. Both provide unique caffeinated experiences, but make the coffee taste different. Cold brew allows for a stronger coffee taste and it’s easier (and faster) to enjoy a cold coffee drink without watering it down. Chemex allows you to get a fresh, aromatic flavor and a percolator is a more traditional way of making coffee which will provide a more strong and deep coffee flavor, in my opinion. I’m not some coffee expert, but that’s what I’ve experienced! Alternatively, you can also make coffee with an espresso machine or in a pot on a stove, but I’m trying to stick to less conventional methods and methods that don’t involve machines.
- Choose Hot or Cold. Again, you have to also consider what kind of coffee you want. I went for cold brew, but hot coffee is delicious as well and might be preferable if you are dealing with colder weather. The kind of brew you go for will play a part in which method is best for you.
- Pick Your Favorite Brew. For this, I just used to coffee that came with the CoffeeSock kit, but you can choose your favorite kind of coffee. The one I tried was SO delicious and smelled incredible as well. It came from a specialty place in the Northwest called Barrett’s.
- Determine Your Add-Ins. Add-ins are anything from sugar or sweetener to cream, milk, cinnamon, and other additives. For me personally, I prefer a little almond or cashew milk, some liquid stevia or honey, a splash of vanilla, and a sprinkle or cinnamon or occasionally, turmeric. You can add in sugar, brown sugar, agave, honey, half and half, homemade creamer, and any number of spices. If you prefer a dairy-free creamer, it’s super easy to make one with almond milk by adding in a little honey, cinnamon or whatever flavors you want.
- Enjoy! Remember to enjoy your drink, however you make it. I’m a bit of a coffee and tea addict because it allows me to just take a beat and enjoy the little things – like how delicious my coffee is!
Cold Brew Iced Coffee Recipe Using My CoffeeSock Kit:
- Brew 1 cup of coffee using a CoffeeSock Kit (or other chosen method). If you plan on making this for more than just yourself or more than 1 cup, you’ll need to add in more cups and freeze more cubes so just use your best judgment!
- When the brew is dark enough, pour into ice cube mold and freeze until solid. If you use a hot brew method, please make sure you wait until the coffee has cooled down to room temperature before pouring into the ice cube mold otherwise you’ll warp the mold!
- Once frozen, pop out a few of the cubes into a glass until nearly full. I like to fill my glass with as many cubes as I can to ensure the coffee flavor powers through.
- Fill the rest of the glass with chosen add-ins. I used 1/2-2/3 cup of cashew milk as my “creamer,” but you can use almond milk, half and half, homemade or store bought creamer; whatever you like. Since I used cashew milk, I added a splash of organic vanilla extract, a pinch of cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid stevia to give it a more dynamic flavor! Alternatively, you can add in a number of simple syrups if you want caramel, hazelnut or almond flavors to your coffee. I’ve done this before using the sugar free monin syrup, but there are tons of recipes online where you can make your own as well.
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