Friday, 03 August 2012
A while ago, I heard about people making ice cubes out of coffee in order to keep their iced coffee strong. I'd been meaning to try it out for quite some time-- I think I first saw it on Pinterest, but it was long ago enough that it might have even been on Stumble Upon. In any case, last week I finally got around to starting the project.
I scoured my house for ice cube trays (thanks to the modern freezer's ice makers, finding them wasn't too easy) and got to work. I didn't want to be influenced by anyone else's trial and error, so I pretty much went into it blindly. I took inventory of the K-cups I had in the house and decided the best thing to do would be to experiment with a little bit of everything. So, I made a cup of French roast, a cup of hazelnut decaf, a cup of French vanilla, and a cup of dark magic and poured them each into my ice cube trays. I labeled and set the trays in the freezer over night. Then, I made another couple of cups of coffee, left them black, labeled them and set them in the fridge so I'd have cold coffee in the morning.
In the morning, I experimented with my mix n' match coffee cube variables. I started with a cup of French roast and put 4 French roast cubes and 1 hazelnut cube in for a splash of flavor. It was delicious and extremely strong.
I experimented with a couple other combos, but they all tasted pretty similar.
What's pretty cool about this experiment is that, not only was my iced coffee free of dilution, but I was also able to try out some great combinations. Once I'd had a little bit too much caffeine, I made a cup of decaf and threw in mostly decaf cubes and a couple of regular cubes for a shot of caffeine in an otherwise decaf cup. This is definitely a great option for that afternoon cup that I'll be keeping in mind for the future.
Just when I thought I was satisfied with my experiment, I had a couple more ideas.
I made a cup of hazelnut and poured some of it into a Pyrex measuring glass and added about an ounce of skim milk, mixed it, and poured it into an empty ice cube tray.
Then, once they were frozen I dropped a couple into a cup of black coffee. As the cubes melted, the milky cubes turned my iced coffee into something of an iced latte. Delicious.
Frothy frozen coffee:
I made one final cup of coffee and poured it into my blender. Then, I added my leftover coffee and latte cubes and blended. Also extremely delicious.
Have you ever tried coffee ice cubes? Would you?