Hello, I’m Jess and I’m an Iced Coffee fanatic. YEP…I’m addicted and I’m not ashamed to admit it. :) I love coffee and coffee flavored things, but I only drink my coffee iced. :) As I said before, I used to make my iced coffees at home with a Keurig and then a Hamilton Beach One Scoop. The longer I used both of them, the more I didn’t like the iced coffee. I never used the KCups with the Keurig and it seemed like the Hamilton Beach One Scoop started to make my coffee a tad on the watery side no matter how hard I packed the coffee into the scoop.
I had always wanted to try a French Press, but some people told me they were difficult while others said it would be the best coffee you would ever have. And who doesn’t LOVE a good coffee?! :)
Finally one day I broke down and bought a French Press…and I must say, it’s NOT difficult and IS the best coffee I’ve ever had. :) I’m actually on my second one because I accidentally shattered my first one…and I will admit that I nearly cried when it happened. LOL
If you DO have a Keurig or a Hamilton Beach One Scoop, don’t throw it away, because I still use my One Scoop too “boil” my water. Talk about simple and non-wasteful. :)
- French Press
- Boiling Water
- Plastic Tumbler/Mug
- Dark Roast Ground Coffee
- Equal or other sweetener
- Cream (Half and Half)
- Ice Cubes
First of all, I have a Bodum New Kenya 12-Ounce Coffee Press…this is the perfect size to make a 8-12 cup of iced coffee…which is JUST fine for me to have at one time. I find that it allows for the right combination of coffee, to cream, to ice ratio. :) Anything bigger just makes the iced coffee watery. I also use the “small” Starbucks Iced Coffee cup.
I place the French Press under the One Scoop (like I would a coffee mug) and add 2 scoops of DARK ground coffee to the press. I’m currently using the Starbucks Espresso Roast to make my Iced Coffee. :) Each “scoop” is about 1 tbsp.
Then I turn on the One Scoop machine to run boiling water into the press. I tend to fill it up about 3/4 of the way full. Do leave AT LEAST 1″ of space from the top of the glass.
Do be careful when the water is going into the press because it does tend to splash slightly.
Once the water is done filling up the press, take a plastic spoon (ONLY a plastic spoon) and stir up the grounds. Remove the spoon (wash it) and let the “coffee” sit for at least 5 minutes. The longer you let it sit, the stronger it’ll be. I tend to let it sit about 15-20 minutes while I do other things.
When the “coffee” has sat for the a bit and you’re ready to make your drink, add Equal, cream, and ice to your mug. I tend to add about 1 pack of equal, 2-4 tbsp of cream (depending how strong the coffee is), and about 5-6 ice cubes that are an inch squared. You can adjust this to your liking. :)
Now you’re ready to make your creation!! ** You should be excited now. ** :) Add your lid/plunger onto your press.
Gently press down on the plunger. This will push the grounds to the bottom, straining your coffee.
Slowly pour the coffee into the cup. However, do not pour directly over the ice if you can avoid it. This tends to melt the ice quicker (in my opinion).
Stir your coffee mixture. :) I do recommend stirring as you drink because sometimes the coffee *may* separate as it sits.