Warm weather increases the need to satisfy your coffee craving with a cooler refreshment. Morning drives to the local coffee shop are gratifying but expensive. The logical move is to make your own iced coffee at home. We’ll show you how to make your own iced coffees from the convenience of your own home. Having the right coffee maker can make a big difference in the ease of preparation and the great results that you’ll get. Here are the steps to make perfect iced coffee with Keurig.
Buy or use the right brewing system
Choose the best Keurig coffee maker for iced beverages. We recommend a Basic Brew K cup. This machine has the capacity to cut down the preparation time for iced coffee. Instead of using the cold brew method which takes up to 12 hours, you will have your iced coffee in a fraction of the time.
Pre-heat the water
Fill the water reservoir of your Keurig and allow the water to heat. The length of time it takes depends on the size of the reservoir. The Keurig basic K cup is handy because you may keep a supply of heated water on hand. It allows you to enjoy your favorite coffee beverage whenever the notion strikes you.
Select your favorite K cup blend
We recommend using a medium to bold intensity K cup blend for intense coffee flavor. Brew 2 K cups to a smaller amount of water to intensify the coffee flavor. This will give you a full-bodied base to create the flavor and type of iced coffee you want.
While the brew is still piping hot, add any sugars or sugar substitutes that you wish to use. Sugars dissolve more quickly and combine with liquid coffee best when it is still hot. Stir to mix the sweetener in until completely dissolved and dispersed within the brew. The proportion of sweeter you need to use depends on how sweet you want the coffee to taste.
Chill the coffee
Place the coffee in a refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes. This will adequately chill the liquid so it will not dilute when ice is added. If you choose to start the night before, leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Either option will work well. Avoid adding hot or warm coffee to ice because it will cause melting and a weaker coffee flavor.
Choose the syrup or other type of flavoring that you wish to add to your coffee. Add the amount that gives you to intensity of flavor that you enjoy. Avoid overuse of syrup flavors, particularly if you have already presweetened the coffee. Experiment with small amounts until you get a feel for how much is just enough
Most iced coffees do contain some milk product. Both dairy and non-dairy are available. Choose the type of milk product based on your health needs and your likes. Low-fat milk is lower in calories but whole milk or half and half gives the iced coffee a creamier and richer flavor.
Make sure that all ingredients added are well blended together. This gives the iced coffee a uniform taste. A good iced coffee depends on adequate blending to avoid pockets of intense flavor or blandness in spots. A long and slender spoon works well. If preferred, a thick heavy straw may be used, or a long stirring stick made for blending beverages.
Ice your coffee
Now that you’ve completed the preparation of your coffee it’s time to add the ice. We recommend using medium sized ice cubes because they will have a slower melt rate. Shaved ice will work but it tends to melt into the beverage more quickly and cause dilution. Larger pieces will help to preserve the strength of the coffee flavor.
Perform the taste test
Because everyone has their own preferences, your first iced coffee is somewhat experimental. Taste and make note of any dislikes with your finished product. Strength of coffee flavor is the top priority. Next, assess the sweetness, texture and flavoring if you’ve added syrups. If you’re happy with the outcome you have a recipe for success. If not, make the needed adjustments so you’ll know how make the perfect iced coffee.
Making iced coffee with a Keurig is a faster and simpler process than with the old fashioned cold brew method. This machine can deliver your favorite coffee beverage that can be prepared in advance. It takes just over 30 minutes to complete the brewing and chilling process. This preparation can be made ahead of time for even greater convenience. Following these simple steps will result in a great tasting iced coffee that you can make at home or anywhere else there is a Keurig quick brew K cup machine.