How To Make The Perfect Iced Coffee
We are not paid for any of the links below, I am only putting links to save myself from adding descriptions. I will list all the items needed to easily create your own $4 dollar a day Iced coffee, with a taste just as good as Starbucks.
Supplies and Ingredients:
Vremi Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker $16.00
Coffee Cups $16.00for 50 cups/lids
Long Straws $10.00 for 500 Straws
Starbucks Pike Place Roast, Medium $8.00
Torani Sweetener Syrup $11.00
Torani Syrup Pump $4.00
Torani White Chocolate $26.00 (optional, this is an expensive extra)
Creamer (Original Coffee-Mate Liquid Creamer) $6.00
Whip Cream (Grocery Store) $4.00
Total: $75.00 ($101.00 if you want the White Chocolate)
The only thing you would have to buy normally is the Starbucks Medium Roast, Creamer, and Whip Cream. We now recycled cups, so it’s possible the cups and straws (2 to 3 years) could last us a full year. Drinking a cup of iced coffee a day before work, this will cost you about 10 dollars every 2 weeks if you make it yourself, without the loss of flavor. And I mean that. If we include weekends, 14 days x $4 per venti iced coffee, it would cost $56 dollars. For Nessa and I both? $112 dollars just to get our morning goodness.
First, let’s talk about the Vremi Cold Brew Ice Coffee Maker. This is as simple as it gets. You can get any brand of Ice Coffee Maker you want, I got the cheapest one. And the truth is, I found this item because I was looking for a perfect glass pitcher (that seals) that could hold my hot brewed coffee over night in the fridge. Little did I know, this thing not only holds it over night, you can actually brew your ice coffee with it. Yes, it tastes delicious, much better than hot brew to us! Simply fill this thing up, leave space for you to insert the filter and coffee grounds, and put it in the fridge for 12-24 hours. We tried 3 different styles of coffee and unfortunately, I learned that the brands matter. It wasn’t until I found the Starbucks Pike Place Roast that I captured the taste I was looking for. I know, I thought the same thing (link here), the brand doesn’t matter. Boy was I wrong. This coffee almost has a french press style taste to it because it releases a lot of fine grinds into the ice brew, and it tastes amazing. My first concern was seeing if ice brewing somehow didn’t eliminate the bacteria in the coffee. Maybe I am naive, but buying coffee from a store, then pouring cold water in it and drinking it seemed wrong to me. I felt that somehow the heat killed all the bacteria and made the coffee safe to drink. Read below: