Easy Ways To Enjoy Your Coffee Iced

The temperatures in the Northwest are rising this week. Heat warnings throughout Washington and Oregon. For me and Johnny....1 0r 2 days of 107 degrees is a walk in the park when you have experienced 115+ degree temperatures week after week in the summers of Phoenix AZ. 

Regardless of the needle hitting 100 or below, I always enjoy a good hot cup of coffee. Yes, a hot cup! Not everyone agrees with me as they would rather enjoy coffee cold and iced. 

It's so easy to go to your nearest coffee shop and grab an ice cold creation to-go. I enjoy it too. Who doesn't love going out to eat for a nice meal instead of cooking at home? But who can do it everyday? It's expensive and not always a healthy way of eating.... same goes for coffee. 

What I wanted to share is how easy it is to make your favorite iced drinks at home and take it to-go. Buy a great tumbler or buy some plastic cups and lids (plus straws) and write your name with a sharpie right on it. (wink wink smiley face)

One of my favorite ways to make and store cold coffee is via cold brew. I have posted the recipe in an earlier post, Cold Brew How-To. Feel free to check it out if you're not familiar with making cold brew at home. Two of my favorite coffees to use in Cold Brew is our La Patricia Costa Rican and Johnny's Cold Brew Blend. If you don't want to make cold brew?...no worries...use your fresh brewed coffee and let it cool. Quick mention: Be sure to make a strong batch so you can taste and enjoy the coffee flavor. 

I've mentioned some of these ideas before, but I wanted to group some together so you can review and hopefully make some of these at home. 

Just Iced Coffee

Just Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee-If you brewed some hot coffee, enjoy a cup and let the rest cool for a bit. Put in a pitcher of container and place in the fridge. I always say get your coffee cooled down so when you are ready to have a glass on ice, it won't melt the ice cubes as much and water your coffee down. My choice would be making a batch of cold brew... it will be stronger, brewed at room temperature and place in the fridge after. 

Frozen

Frozen

Make a Frozen Latte- Ive written about lattes at home before and its quite simple. Especially if you own a serious blender like a Vitamix. Add 1/3 of strong coffee and 2/3 milk of your choice. Fill your cup with ice. Do not fill ice to the top or you'll have to eat it with a spoon. (Which may not be bad) Add your sweetner and/or flavorings like cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate syrup...it's up to you. Don't have a blender or the time? Simply add the ingredients to your tumbler filled with ice, give it a good stir and go. 

Make Coffee Cubes-Many of you do this especially brewing regular coffee and making an iced coffee or latte. It's great to fill your cube tray with leftover coffee and freeze. I usually will take some cold brew and freeze too. Yes, it keeps your iced coffee from being "watered down" however, you can toss the frozen cubes in the blender verses ice and make an awesome frozen latte. But one thing I really enjoy is taking cold brew ice cubes, fill in a short glass and I will add almond milk. The ice cubes begin to melt and gives me a iced latte that isn't blended but tastes just as good.  

Coffee Tonic-Coffee Tonics or sometimes called Black Tonics! A sophisticated version of the simple iced coffee? The key (for me) is to get the right tonic water and coffee. I prefer a tonic water with no "lemony" or fruit flavor added. Just a plain naturally light tonic water. However, you can experiment by trying different kinds and seeing if you find a great combination for your coffee. I used the La Patricia Costa Rican coffee because the smoothness of the cup mixes so well with the tonic water. Fill a cup with ice, add 6 oz of tonic water and 2 oz of cold brew/espresso or strong coffee. The original Coffee Tonic is made with espresso. If you don't have access to an espresso machine, you can use your concentrated cold brew or if you have a Moka Pot, make a quick espresso and let it cool. I've never tried it with regular brewed coffee...I would suggest make a strong batch to compliment the tonic water. You'll either love this or hate it...I love the "fizz". Since I pretty much quit drinking sodas, I enjoy this for the refreshing "fizz high" I get. LOL 

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Iced Coffee-Vietnamese Style-This comes from a hot version of Vietnamese coffee using sweetened condensed milk. Pretty simple...fill a cup with ice, fill your cup 3/4 full and add 2-3 Tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Stir and enjoy. It's quite sweet so I would suggest a larger glass off coffee. You can add a shot of Kahlua or other favorite spirit in the evening for a nice "after dinner drink". 

 

 

Coconut Iced Coffee-This one I have tried several times. I typically fill a glass with ice, I like to add 1/2 cold brew (or regular brewed coffee if you want) and add coconut water. I enjoy coconut water...I didn't like this combo as much. I have tried this with different levels of coffee and adding the coconut water, and I still didn't enjoy it. However, many of my neighbors tried it and loved it. I guess I was searching for a fizz of some sort. Maybe I should try adding sweetner and see. I added some milk and it did taste better...but still...didn't like it. You try it and see if you like it. I wasn't as big of a fan but I wanted to be honest and share. 

 

 

Iced Affogatto-Are you familiar with an Italian drink...Affogato (means drowned in Italian). You take a scoop of ice cream and pour an espresso shot over it. Of course you may wish to add another scoop...or more. I have a slightly different spin AND a couple of variations. To make a great variation of the Affogato, take a scoop or two of ice cream in a glass, pour 4-6 ounces of cold brew coffee/brewed coffee (add as little or as much as you like) over the ice cream and add some whip cream on top, that's it. If you are having guests and want to add something "more adult"? Add a shot of Ameretto or other liquor. Johnny likes to call it the "Drunken Lolita”. (Sarcastic Ha-Ha from Lolita)

 

 

I hope everyone stays cool...enjoy making some great iced coffee drinks at home and take them to-go. Made your way! Let me know what you tried AND if you have other recipes you use to enjoy your coffee cold! In case you are seeking some great coffees to enjoy iced and cold, be sure to check out our products page.

Lolita 💋

Johnny's Cold Brew Blend

 

Johnny has found a new love and it's Cold Brew Coffee!

Johnny helped himself to Lolita's high quality coffee...freshly roasted of course...and created a unique blend. 

The results...a very smooth bodied brew with hints of cocoa, nutty and fruit. This blend was especially blended for a cold brew process so we will also throw in instructions on how to make your very own cold brew coffee at home. 

REMINDER...cold brew process will result in a wonderful concentrate! Yes it's strong...so you will dilute with water...alittle or a lot! 

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Cold Brew Latte

We've shared the recipe for making cold brew coffee at home. Here is the link in case you missed it. How to Make Cold Brew! Now make a cold brew latte that is just as good as any store latte.  

 Cold Brew Latte

Grab a glass fill 1/3 with cold brew coffee, add ice then add your favorite milk like whole or reduced fat, soy, almond, half-n-half or cream to the top. I like mine unsweetened, however you can add sweetener and a flavor such as vanilla or hazelnut. 

Ice cold on a hot summer day equals sweet thirst quenching deliciousness. Quick! Grab a glass!  

Lolita💋 

 

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You Know What? That Would Be Great With A Cup Of Coffee!

My whole life...I've been surrounded by that wonderful cup of java. I'd hear it (and smell it) in the morning....the Corningware (with the blue cornflower design) coffee pot "sputtering, hissing and percolating" our morning coffee. That was our cue to get up out of bed. 

Coffee goes great with???Everything! 

Coffee goes great with???Everything! 

Another thing that was very big in our family is what would taste great with that cup of coffee. Especially Phyllis, my beautiful Mom. it was really funny actually...we would see some commercial on TV about a new cake mix, recipes or anything chocolate and my Mom would say "Oh, I bet that would be great with a cup of coffee." 

We all did it actually. We would be out to dinner and when we finished our meal the waiter would offer up the dessert menu. He would leave us to our devices to discuss options and choices. Many times we would order one or two pieces and take home because....It would be great with a cup of our coffee at home!" 

Our life did surround that cup of coffee...typically with great conversation and a little sweet, but we needed that balance of rich chocolate or fruity pie with our wonderful perculated coffee. We'd search recipes just to find "the one" that would taste great with???? You got it...a cup of coffee. My brother Kim has become an excellent cook. I'd like to call him a Chef... he says "I just love good food...nothing fancy or gourmet, I'm not a chef, but I disagree. He creates fabulous pies from scratch. Right down to the crust. From fruit to chocolate, lemon or whip...they are De-lish! Of course when he's ready to unveil his latest creation....enjoying the pure sweet aroma...he turns to me and says "You know what? This will be great with a cup of coffee! Let me get some going." I know our Mom is smiling down on us and I know she's holding a fork in her hand to steal a bite. 

So in honor of our family tradition, I've enclosed a simple recipe that I know would be great with a cup of coffee. A Johnny Lolita's coffee blend would be best, wink wink smiley face  

  Soft Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup (2 sticks) Salted Butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (for rolling dough) 

Prep

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.  

In another bowl, add sugar and butter and cream together using an electric mixer. Add egg yolks and vanilla continue mixing. Add flour mixture and continue mixing until combined but don't over mix. Scoop dough into balls and roll in sugar and place on cookie sheet.  

Bake 15-18 minutes or until tops of cookies start to crack. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before moving to wire rack. Now make a cup of coffee and enjoy!  

Lolita💋 

Your Coffee Is Out For Delivery

I love reading those words on my computer. Well....the United States Post Service doesn't know that the packages I'm shipping contain coffee, but I know. And the only thing the USPS emails me is "Your package is delivered"...but I know better.

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So does the postman that comes to pick up the orders and so does the postal guy at our local counter. With all theses boxes filled with fresh roasted coffee, you can't miss it.  My one friend at the post office loves to take a deep breath in and inhale all that coffee goodness. Of course there is typically a line of people watching as I pass them by and pile all the packages on the side counter. (No, I'm not cheating...I've created and paid for my labels online so all I have to do is drop off) however, people do wonder of this odd relationship I have with the postal guy. But we don't care....we both stick our faces in all the packages, inhale together and just smile. We then part with a wave and say "Until next time." And he says "I'll be waiting." 

We roast our coffee fresh on Monday and Thursday to ensure that all our customers receive the freshest batch of roasted coffee. So if you order online or for local delivery Thursday through Sunday, we will roast Monday and ship out Tuesday. If you order Monday through Wednesday, we will roast Thursday and ship out Friday. 

Head to Johnny Lolita's online and check out our latest coffee offerings. Order your next bag of coffee...delivered fresh to your door. 

Lolita💋 

 

How To Make Cold Brew At Home

During these very hot days of summer...nothing is better than a tall, COLD glass of refreshing liquid! When you are so hot and thirsty and you grab that glass and take in your first sip...you can feel the coolness hit your tongue, run down your throat and into your tummy cooling off everything along the way.

As a kid I LOVED Ice Coffee. My dear friend Missy and I would concoct our spectacular ice coffee drinks adding coffee, lots of ice, sugar, vanilla and milk. It was my "goto" drink after school. Every time I drink an Ice Coffee, I think of Missy...sitting around, drinking our ice coffees, laughing, playing music and dancing.

Nowadays, the big box stores offer a variety of ice coffee drinks that come with high prices. If you start with a great foundation...fresh roasted, great coffee... then you'll have an awesome cold coffee drink. Simply add your flavorings, sweeter, milk or almond milk and enjoy a better tasting cold brew at home. Now I just drink mine straight, it's that good. 

Making Cold Brew Coffee is so easy. The process is done with everyday kitchen items right in your home. It really doesn’t matter the size of pitcher or container you are using…it all depends on you and how much coffee you wish to make. Even better...this will result in a coffee concentrate that you will add water making it last longer. PLUS it will stay fresh in your refrigerator 6-8 weeks. 

Because you are not adding hot water to the coffee grounds, you are not going to have the same chemical reaction in cold brew as you do with hot brew coffee. You will see a difference in taste even with the coffee you drink everyday. Cold brew delivers a very smooth and slightly sweeter taste. You will not have the acidity like you would in hot coffee.

Things you'll need:

  1. Pitcher (any size)
  2. Strainer (the finer screen kind)
  3. Water (filtered is best)
  4. Coffee Paper Filters or Coffee Screen Filter or Cheesecloth 
  5. Extra pitcher or container to filter coffee back and forth

Be sure to use cold or tepid water, not hot water. Preferably filtered water is best. For every 6 ounces of water, you will add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. Example; an 18 ounce pitcher of water…you will need 6 tablespoons of ground coffee. 

Add the coffee grounds (be sure you do a corse grind as it will be easier to filter later on) directly into the pitcher of water and stir for a minute. 

Cover or place the lid on top and let your coffee grounds steep for 22-24 hours. I typically will stir the coffee grounds again (after 8-10 hours) and they will float to the bottom if they haven't already.

When time is up, you will need to strain the coffee grounds out of the water. Grab a new container…or if you have another pitcher, use that and use a kitchen strainer to remove the grounds. Using a strainer will get most of the coffee grounds, however you will need to filter at least 2-3 more times to get all the grounds. Next, use a coffee paper filter, coffee screen or cheese cloth and strain the pitcher of coffee through the finer filter. I suggest at least 2 times with a finer filter. THEN…you have a wonderful coffee concentrate. 

Ways to enjoy your Cold Brew:

Use it Cold- Add the Cold Brew concentrate to a glass fill half way, add ice and fill the remainder with water, stir and enjoy. 

You can also make a hot cup of coffee by filling your coffee cup/mug/tumbler half way with coffee concentrate and then fill with hot boiling water. Instant hot cup of coffee. Enjoy!

Lolita 💋