Perfect Iced Coffee

2 Oct

I am ADDICTED to iced coffee. And I am mostly addicted to Dunkin Donuts coffee…hot OR iced. Most mornings in the summer, you will find me with a large iced coffee cup from D&D glued to my hand until about 10am.

This is my favorite coffee….La Colombe. It’s a treat for me whenever I’m in Philly!

I realized that I didnt want to pay for iced coffee every single morning, but needed to know it would come out delicious if I did it myself. I tried making coffee the night before and putting it in the fridge – blech. I looked into cold brewing iced coffee. I knew THAT would be the ticket!

Coffee grounds with 2 gallon pitchers…..Ready to get started

Cold brewing leaves you with a smooth, acid-free coffee base that serves as a refreshing cold drink. It wont taste bitter.

Ready to strain the coffee over cheesecloth layers into the pitcher

This definitely takes a little bit of work ahead of time, but it leaves you with a gallon of iced coffee to pull from in the fridge for up to a month!

View from the top of the pitcher!

It is messy work separating the coffee liquid from the grains, but it’s well worth it for tasty iced coffee! Having a funnel is the BEST tool to use here…..just line the funnel and pour on through!

Pouring strained coffee back into the jug for decent storage in the fridge!

I re-used old water jugs that I get from the store – they were the perfect thing to store the coffee in the fridge.  Dont pay any attention to how much is LEFT….I should have taken the picture when I first made it.

Here is how I like to take my iced (or hot) coffee – just with cream. At home I use fat-free cream.

Ahhhhhhhhhh nothing like homemade perfect iced coffee!! I am so happy I did a little bit of research and tried this way……

Perfect Iced Coffee


  • 1 gallon water (I buy a gallon of drinking water)
  • 1 lb bag of your favorite rich coffee (course ground if ya can get it)
  • Coffee filters or several layers of cheesecloth
  • a large bowl (or just 2 pitchers)
  • pitcher (big enough to hold a gallon)
  • Funnel is very helpful if you have it

Pour coffee into the large pitcher or  arge bowl and cover with 4 quarts (1 gallon) filtered water.  Stir so that all the grounds are submerged, cover, and let sit for 8-12 hours.

Strain over cheesecloth or paper towels into a pitcher, cover and put it into the fridge.  This will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge.  Everytime you want fresh iced coffee, just pour and fix it as you like!


7 Responses to “Perfect Iced Coffee”

  1. Molly October 29, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    if you freeze some of the coffee in an ice cube tray you can use those cubes and avoid watering down your drink!

    • lmullane October 29, 2012 at 10:09 am #

      awesome point – i also do that! but i usually just use my regular keurig-made coffee for those ice cubes 🙂

  2. chris M October 8, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    I can’t believe you did not use the costa rican coffee I brought home!

    • lmullane October 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      This coffee was already MADE when you gave me the costan rican one 🙂 I am saving it for wintertime!

  3. Dana October 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Laura…I had NO idea! I too am a DD Whore!

    • lmullane October 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      I am a slave to the DD……I love it. And I dont plan on stopping anytime soon. It’s the best time of the year at D&D – pumpkin spice time!

  4. jen October 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Interesting! I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I like this cold brewing technique!

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