I made my weekly iced coffee concentrate yesterday morning. I thought I'd share the process I go through once (or twice) a week making my cold brewed concentrate. Please notice the coffee I use. It's very important and makes a BIG difference in the taste of the coffee. Cafe Du Monde is the very best for iced coffee. I'm sure it's the chicory in it.
Chicory is a coffee-like substance made from the dried, roasted roots of a bitter perennial herb. According to new Orleans locals, it's what makes New Orleans coffee worth writing home about. (See what WebMD has to say about chicory HERE.) I looked it up there because I thought I might be slightly allergic to it, as I get a little itchy if I drink more than two big cups a day, which I shouldn't do anyway...moderation, don't ya know.
I have such a strong addictive personality, I have to limit EVERYTHING I really like. Hmpf.
I got distracted, didn't I. What was I doing? Oh, yeah. The coffee process...
First I fill up my big Ball jar about half-way with water. If you're persnickety about your water, you can use filtered water. I get it straight from the tap. (Persnickety...hee...I like that word, but I don't think I've ever used it.) Then I dump about half a can of the Cafe Du Monde ground coffee in there and mix it up real good, put the lid on and shake, shake, shake. I fill it to the top with water after the coffee is mixed in well, set it on the counter and leave it for 24 hours or so. When I walk by during the day, I pick it up and give it a good shake.
After 24 hours or so, I do the first straining of it in a medium strainer.
The liquid will be really dark, rich, caramelly, mysterious, and beautiful.
It's absolutely my favorite color, hands down.
Or hand to God or whatever that saying is.
Then I strain it again using a doubled piece of cheesecloth inside the strainer.
You can see that you only get about half the jar full once you remove the grounds.
But remember it's concentrate so it's really-really strong.
And did I mention the pretty color?
I fill the jar back to the top with water, making a 2/1 ratio of concentrate to water.
Refrigerate and serve over ice with a healthy shot of whole milk.
No sugar for me. I like the dark, yummy flavor without any sweet in it.
I'm a mess-maker, and that's what we mess-makers do.
Every. Single. Time.
I'm sure you'll do better.
And there you have it.
Someone is going to paint!
Break out the drop cloth and turpentine...you'll need them to clean up after me.
Some of my old, old, old garden stuff needs a freshen-up.
This should be interesting.
Especially after a couple of glasses of iced coffee.
I'll be painting the sidewalk and fence.
Wouldn't that disgust my neighbors, ala Chris Brown?
I heard he sold this Hollywood Hills house.
And his neighbors are happy-happy-happy.