Sunday, April 26, 2009

Overnight Cold Pressed Iced Coffee

It's a little more than just pouring leftover coffee over ice cubes and pouring in milk, but you can make your own cold brewed, iced coffee right at home and it's super easy!
It's a little more than just pouring leftover coffee over ice cubes and pouring in milk, but you can make your own cold brewed, iced coffee right at home and it's super easy!

Overnight Cold Pressed Iced Coffee

I used to be a coffee addict. I mean seriously. I literally drank the stuff all day long when I worked in the legal office, and in fact, often only coffee all day long - meaning I often worked through lunch and didn't eat all day. {Bad Mary.} I'm sure that has everything to do with my sluggish metabolism now, so gals ... don't do that! Eat. Eat breakfast. Eat lunch. And you won't be like a ravin' maniac starvin' Marvin' when you get home and evening rolls around.

Thank goodness we didn't have a Starbucks back then. Not anywhere here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It's a good thing really, because I'm sure I would have busted my budget for sure on fancy coffee drinks. Initially we had exactly one, inside of Hard Rock casino, but over the past few years, we've had a few more locations pop up here locally, and plenty of mom and pop operations are still around, so don't worry, we are not coffee deprived y'all!

Anyway, the point of all that is, that before you could actually drive through McD's and grab a quick iced coffee, I had to figure out how to make it on my own. It's funny ... I cannot stand the taste of a cup of hot coffee that has gone cold, yet I love iced coffee. Go figure. But let me tell ya, when you want a coffee fix when the temps are on the rise and the humidity feels like a wall of heat when you walk outside, this'll do you fine!

The process of cold brewing significantly reduces the acidity.

I first heard about this method many years back from an article written by Kate Simon over at Imbibe Magazine. I learned that many coffee shops use a cold pressed method to brew their coffee into a coffee concentrate to use both for hot and iced coffee, so you may wonder why. What are the benefits of cold pressed coffee, and well, why bother? Well, for one it makes a concentrate that is just easier to use than trying to have hot and freshly brewed coffee available all the time. Cold pressed coffee has a much longer storage time - generally a jar will last you up to two weeks. But a lot of people prefer cold pressed coffee over hot brewed because the process of cold brewing significantly reduces the acidity in the coffee, making it much easier on the stomach. It also reduce the caffeine levels so that it doesn't have quite the punch that hot brewed coffee does.

Filtered water tastes the best!

These days I have a Keurig - and I'm usually good with one cup and occasionally two cups in the morning. Every once in awhile I'll have an afternoon cup, but that's rare now. Before Keurig, my favorite coffees were Community, Folgers and Maxwell House, mostly whatever was at a good price really. Mama preferred Maxwell House, my former mother in law used CDM. World of difference there y'all! Anyway, I have a few of these empty plastic coffee can buckets hanging around because they are handy for compost buckets to keep under the sink for produce scraps, and they are perfect for overnight refrigeration of this concentrate.  Use a pitcher or any lidded storage container that will hold at least 1/2 gallon of water. Just pour room temperature or cool/cold water in. I only drink filtered or bottled water, so that's what I use for my iced coffee, rather than tap water.

Add the coffee, stir real good, cap and refrigerate overnight so it can "brew."

Making this is super easy if you have one of those French press coffeemakers hanging around - and Bodum has even made a press specifically for cold pressed iced coffee. How about that?

Don't worry though. Even if you don't own one of those presses, you can still make this using a strainer and coffee filters. The press is just a bit faster. Just stack a coffee filter into a strainer and strain the coffee.


If you happen to have one of those French press gadgets, pour the mix into the press...


Cap it...


... push down on the plunger ...


... and pour into your storage container.


The press does all the work. My press is small so I have to do this twice.


Save those grounds to mix in your compost pile! Or to scatter around your acid loving plants - hydrangeas, azaleas; some folks use them right on their roses and even scattered in the yard! Supposedly they are a source of nitrogen.

Whichever way you strain it, once it's filtered it, store it in the fridge and when you want an iced coffee {or three}, grab your pitcher, fill a glass with ice, fill the glass somewhere between halfway and 3/4 full with the coffee...

... add your favorite sweetener, a splash of syrup flavoring if ya like, top off with some milk, half and half, cream, or if you're feeling super decadent, sweetened condensed milk. Stir and enjoy!

I'm the only one in my house that likes iced coffee, so I only make it 1/2 gallon at a time. You can certainly double this easily. This ratio of 1 cup of coffee to 1/2 gallon of water makes an iced coffee that is maybe just slightly more on the stronger side of mild. To adjust to your preference, try it this way the first time and then add or reduce the coffee to adjust the strength to your taste. Hope this satisfies your coffee craving this summer {which seems to arrive earlier and earlier here in the deep south} while keepin' ya cool at the same time!

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Recipe: Overnight Cold Pressed Iced Coffee

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min

Total time: 1 hour 40 min
Yield: About 4 to 6 servings
Prep time: 10 min
Inactive time: 24 hours

Total time: 24 hour 10 min
Yield: About 1/2 gallon

  • 1/2 gallon+ sized container
  • 1 cup of your favorite regular ground coffee
  • 1/2 gallon of filtered cool or room temperature drinking water
  • Large strainer with cheesecloth, coffee filters, a re-usable coffee filter, or an 8-cup French Press

Fill container with water; add coffee and stir in. Cover and store in the refrigerator 6 to 8 hours or overnight. After that, if you happen to have a French press, you'll pour the coffee into the pot and press, then pour the strained coffee into a storage container or pitcher. If you don't have a French press, use a large strainer and a regular coffee filter, or a re-useable coffee filer, over a pot or your storage container, and filter out the coffee grounds, changing out the filter about halfway through for a fresh one. Store the filtered coffee in the fridge.

To make an iced coffee: Fill a glass with ice. Add enough coffee to fill the glass about 3/4th full, add sweetener and/or flavored syrup, top with half and half, milk, cream, sweetened condensed milk, or your favorite non-dairy flavoring, stir, insert straw and enjoy!


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  1. I am STILL a coffee addict. But it's hot as blazes here too already, so I am going to try your Iced Coffee recipe, using the filter method because I don't have a press. I can't wait to have a tall cold glass tomorrow!

  2. I love my hot coffee -only 1-2 cups per day_ but I would love to try this recipe. I like the cold versions as well, and you're right...SO PRICEY!

  3. Penniwig, I'll bet it is! Heck I was about to die the last couple days and this is only April. Okay, almost May, but still! We're in the 80s again all week. Could use a little rain!

    I know what you mean about coffee. I don't drink it like I used to now, but I have to have mine in the morning for sure. The couple times that I have skipped it before, well I wasn't quite myself!

    Remember - if ya like it strong, you'll probably want to add more coffee. One cup to a 1/2 gallon is fairly mild if you're say a chicory drinker like my ex paw in law was. You could stand a spoon up in his coffee!

  4. Hi Sherri - give it a try! I had about 4 tall glasses yesterday.

  5. You are such a genius! This is a great idea. You can control the flavors and freshness and going to your kitchen to make one of these babies is so more more convenient than driving to Starbucks or Mickey D's!

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  7. Hi Katherine - well you know I don't get out much anymore and plus, it makes me crazy what they charge for these anyway!

    Hi Cindy - and welcome! And thanks so much - Attitude of Gratitude - LOVE that!! I will certainly check that out - thanks again.

  8. I love iced coffee too (with a splash of Kahula and milk!) Give it a try :)

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I love any kind of coffee! I love the way you have your recipe categories displayed in your side bar with the pictures. I want to do that! Did it take a long time to set it up this way?

    Have a great week!

  10. My gosh.. We've been pouring it right out of the pot! I am a true coffeeholic! But Iced Coffee has never been a favorite of mine. Maybe I'm just plain making it TOO STRONG!! With the hot temps we've been having, I can't wait to try Iced Coffee your way, and maybe it will taste a little better to me!!LOL!.. That, and give my poor little racing heart the slow-down it probably needs!!.. right?! (0;

  11. Hey Karen! I LOVE kahula - but right now all I have is the kahula flavored syrup.

    Ungourmet - I love stopping by new blogs! There's best kept secrets out there in the blogosphere. Anyway, yeah... that's all manual work - ugh. Wish I could say otherwise, but unfortunately it just takes time to do. Some are direct links to recipes - those aren't too hard - just add a pic and link the recipe but it's manual - the others with pages of links to recipes take a bit more time to do.

    Beansieleigh, the cold press method creates a bit milder coffee than leftover coffee does - and it's also easier on the stomach! I'd say maybe make 1/2 of the recipe and see what you think??

  12. I love coffee--I have a favorite place to get it here in town but at $4.00 a pop--I don't get it often. I am so trying your recipe. I bet my 2 daughters will love it too. It has been in up to 90 here in NC lately so iced coffee would be good. Thanks for the recipe. Sheila in NC

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  14. Just wanted to follow up for you.. I followed your recipe, but did 2 cups of coffee to 2 quarts of water. It was delicious! It has been such an unusually hot week, and this hit the spot just perfect! Dear Daughter loved it too! I will be sure to send people over your way to try this recipe out too! Thanks again! I am definitely hooked to Iced Coffee, and now your blog!! (0:

  15. Just wanted to follow up for you.. I followed your recipe, but did 2 cups of coffee to 2 quarts of water. It was delicious! It has been such an unusually hot week, and this hit the spot just perfect! Dear Daughter loved it too! I will be sure to send people over your way to try this recipe out too! Thanks again! I am definitely hooked to Iced Coffee, and now your blog!! (0:

  16. I am a coffee lover too, but I never really thought I would like iced coffee. But this looks really good. I think I'll give it a try.

  17. Beansieleigh - yay!!! It's pretty versatile - so glad that you liked it! We've had some warm weather down here so I already made another batch.

    Joyce, I never thought I would either, but once I tried coffee that was intentionally made iced, I was hooked!

  18. Oh yum! This looks and sounds so good! I've seen those cold presses but never knew how they worked

  19. Oh I totally love the French Press!! To make hot coffee you just put your coffee in the press, pour hot water over it, let is 'brew' for about 5 minutes, then you press the plunger down and pour. The coffee is so fresh and so much better than drip to me and no filters to fool with.

  20. Now you've gone and done it! I'll be drinking this all summer for sure.

    (I know what you mean about drinking a LOT of coffee at work. I too worked in a law office and it was my life blood. Many a cup of coffee for breakfast, lunch and breaks.)

  21. Hi Beverooni! What's up with that? Must be the 'field' of work, huh? Lots to do, not nearly enough time, and far too many deadlines. Not to mention, lawyers breathin' down your neck all day & usually more than one of them.

  22. Hey Mary - maybe I shouldn't tell you but there is a Starbucks at the Crossroads mall in Orange Grove. At least there was last time we were there.

    Making it yourself is much cheaper though. I have wanted to try a french press but I already have too many gadgets, including an expresso maker!

  23. No, didn't know that! I knew there was a coffee shop at Barnes & Noble, but didn't know Starbucks finally made it to town! Course, I rarely get over that way anymore - used to work over there - now it's like a world now. If there had been a SB over there when I was working, I'd of been there DAILY.

  24. I am a new follower - love your site!
    this looks so good - i have made 'iced' coffee from my coffee for a long time, and not been satisfied, maybe this is why - one thing i am unsure of - the water you pour onto the grounds - hot or cold or room temp?


    come see my shop - no blog yet, but i am getting ready!

  25. This recipe shows exactly why you're my go-to-girl! I've made so many wonderful things from your recipes that the hubs and I just refer to you on a first name basis now lol!

    One small question:

    Do you ever make your own flavored coffee syrups? I have such a hard time finding them in my area.

    I can't wait to try this out, especially since I gave up splurging on coffee house coffees.

  26. Hi Robin! No, I have not. I usually order online from davinci gourmet - the shipping is very reasonable and they have SO many flavors!

    Hope you enjoy it!!

  27. I tend to drink a lot of iced coffee at home, but had never heard of cold pressed! I am so excited to see this method and will begin using it immediately!

  28. Mary, I cannot tell you enough how glad I am that you posted this recipe! When I first seen it, I thought "what the heck, I'll give it a try". I dont own a coffee press, but told myself to be patient with the coffee filters, because it would be worth it. And was it ever! I am in love!! Now, I never have to waste money on store bought iced coffee...I can always have my own personal gallon jug of it whenever I want! I have perfected it to my exact liking, and I am a true addict, lol. I even got my Mother-In-Law addicted to it, and have passed it along to many friends!! I'm also happy that I could help with the reusable filter tip! Thank you for always coming into my kitchen on a daily basis. This is just one of your many recipes that will have a permanent page in my cookbook! :o)

  29. Thanks Karie! And thanks for being a part of the family and for your interaction on the FB page. I love passing on readers tips!!

  30. I'm brewing my first batch now. I am using chocolate-flavored coffee grounds, hoping for a choco-taste without having to add syrupy flavoring. Will let ya'll know how it turns out tomorrow - can hardly wait!

  31. I made this with chocolate flavored coffee and the taste is AMAZING! My sweetner of choice is low-glycemic agave and I used 1% milk - simply heavenly! Much more choca-mocha flavor than I imagined, no syrups or extra flavoring needed... it is just awesome! Can't wait to try with other flavored coffees - hazlenut maybe? Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. Awesome Diana! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and let me know. I don't keep flavored coffees around so I wondered how they would translate. I will be adding that suggestion to the post for sure!! Fantastic! You are gonna get hooked on this coffee I promise. :)

  33. Just tried this recipe (after many failed attempts on my own) and it is PERFECT!!! I have a coffee press but I was doing it all wrong (I thought it had to be hot brewed and no idea I could store it in the fridge!!) thanks a million!

  34. You're so welcome Virginia! Isn't it just refreshing?

  35. Love iced coffee! If you're feeling really decadent...and I often do...add some condensed milk (1 tbsp) and then some caramel (or french vanilla) coffee creamer. Oh my...

  36. Excellent idea! I go through ices coffee like it's no one's business in the summer. Quick question though. How long does it keep in the fridge once it's made? I was considering making an extra large amount so I'll have to do it less often.

    1. About a week - not that it lasts that long around here!


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