I'm not feeling coffee snobbish right now, so I buy what's cheap. I do have my moments, when I specifically go to the local roasters, but right now I'm poor, and I'm using Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Roll, because it was on sale for $5.99 a bag USD. It's not my most favorite of the pre-ground, bagged coffee. That would be Archer Farms, the Target brand, but it will do when the others are 7.99 and I have $10 for groceries for the next 2 weeks (Mom, if you're reading this, don't worry, it was before my summer pay kicked in, and the Farm Share makes sure I have more than enough food!). But, I also keep some rather "fancy" goods around the house.
Ready, here we go.
Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Roll Coffee. $1.71 a batch/ $0.57 cents a serving
The ice adds about $0.15
Wholesome Sweetners Organic Turbinado Cane Sugar. $1.66 a batch/ $0.06 per serving
Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste $1.37 a batch/$0.40 per serving
Even using the super expensive vanilla bean paste, with expensive sugar, this coffee costs less than a tall Starschmucks iced coffee with a flavor shot. And in that one you're getting watered down coffee because of the ice cubes, and a lot less coffee because my calculations are before ice is added-theirs is after. You can sub the expensive sugar for plain white (0.009 cents per serving, 0.26 per batch), and the expensive vanilla for extracts of any flavor (0.94/0.04). So, for $2 or more, you can have a mediocre iced coffee, watered down, with one of the cheapest flavored syrups available, or this for $0.77-$1.50.
In this version, I'm going for all of the flavor, but not the concentrate. This is why it's a two step process.
The first batch is a 2 day event, but trust me, it's worth it.
First, you need a container. I save glass containers for storage, so I have a lot. You may do this in more than 1 container. I have a 3.5 cup mason jar I like to use. A large spaghetti sauce container will do the trick as well.
6 heaping Tbsp. of medium or coarse ground coffee
3 1/2 cups filtered, cold water
Now, a lot of people say 3.5 cups water to 3/4 cup coffee, but to me that makes more of a concentrate, and I want a cool, refreshing drink I won't be watering down. Why am I not watering it down?
Because the first batch is for coffee ice cubes!
Coffee Ice Cubes & Coffee
- In the morning, combine 6 Tbsp. of coffee with 3 1/2 cups filtered, cold water.
- Lid it, and give it a good shake. In my mason jar, it's water to the 3 1/2 mark, and coffee grounds to where the lip starts.
- Then, place it in the fridge, and forget about it until bedtime.
- 12 hours later, strain it through your mesh coffee filter (nice and reusable, and included with just about any good coffee pot kit) a bit at a time into your 2 cup measuring glass.
- Then, pour it into ice cube trays to freeze overnight.
- Rinse your jar, and repeat with another 3 1/2 cups cold, filtered water and 6 heaping Tbsp. of coffee. Shake it like you shake your money-maker, and once again toss it in the fridge.
- 12 hours later, shake it one last time, strain it into a clean bowl, and then empty your grounds and rinse your jar with cold water.
- Pour the coffee back in and store up to 3 days.
Vanilla-Turbinado Simple Syrup
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. vanilla.
- Stir sugar and water until it's as dissolved as you can get it.
- Stir over heat to fully dissolve, and bring it just to a low boil until all is dissolved.
- Once you see those bubbles a little bit, remove from heat and cool.
- Once completely cool, store in glass jar. Add vanilla bean paste, shake, and refrigerate.
- Keeps for freaking ever, but remember a little goes a long way!
All together, 40-50 calories. Most coffees are less than 5 calories per cup and a bit of potassium. Since this coffee is so smooth, and so flavorful, I often drink it straight up black.