A firm favorite in many places around the world, nothing hits ‘the spot’ like a cup of iced coffee.
Annoyingly, at an average minimum of $3 a cup, it is one of the most expensive beverages to call your favorite. However, if you’re lucky enough to be the owner of a Keurig coffee maker—this problem doesn’t apply to you.
A Quick Lesson On The History Of Iced Coffee
I promise not to bore you with endless facts about iced coffee, but these were too interesting not to share. Believe it or not, iced coffee has been around since the 1840s.
Originating in Algeria, the original iced coffee recipe is made with coffee syrup and cold water & goes by the name of Mazagran.
In the 19th century, similar drinks surfaced in France and Italy. It came as no surprise when industry big boys, like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts added it to their menu.
Iced coffee has come a long way from its humble Algerian roots. Nowadays you can buy cans or cartons of pre-packaged iced coffee along with your groceries. Iced coffee is also a standard item that can be found on the menu of almost all coffee shops and cafes.
Today, iced coffee is known and loved all around the world. Many countries have their own variations of it as it is such an easily changeable recipe.But, three aspects of iced coffee remain the same regardless of your location:
A Few Reasons Why Iced Coffee Is the Coolest Beverage Around
Delicious taste aside, do you need any more convincing as to why iced coffee is a winner by anyone’s standards? Here are a few reasons why iced coffee is so popular
Before We Get Started
As the saying goes, fail to plan and you plan to fail! Regardless of what it is you’re doing, it is always best to be prepared.
Firstly, make sure you have everything you need to follow this recipe. Take out all the equipment and ingredients needed and lay them out somewhere you can easily reach them. Decide now which K-Cup roast you will use to make your iced coffee.
Keep in mind that there is a risk of the ice diluting the flavor so opt for a strong, full-flavored, extra-bold roast.
How To Make the Perfect Cup Of Iced Coffee Using Your Keurig Coffee Maker
To follow this easy five-minute recipe, you will need the following:
- Prep Time 2 Minutes
- Total Time 5 Minutes
- Serves 2 People
- A Keurig coffee maker machine
- A tall glass
- Ice cubes
- 2 K-Cups of your choice
- An 8-oz measuring cup
- Spoon (preferably a long spoon or stirrer)
- Optional: sugar, sweetener, stevia, milk, cream or flavoured syrup
- Switch on your Keurig machine and select the smallest cup size available. Brewing two smaller cups of coffee is recommended. This is to ensure a stronger flavor to combat any flavor dilution caused by the ice.
- Fill your tall glass to the brim with ice cubes.
- Insert a K-Cup and place your measuring cup on the tray. Press the “brew” button. When this is finished, insert your second K-Cup and repeat.
- Now you add any additives you want to. It’s important to add them now while the coffee is freshly brewed, otherwise they will not dissolve properly—affecting the flavor and texture.
- Pour your coffee in the glass filled with ice and stir it quickly. Wait a few minutes before moving on to step 6.
- Finally, drink up and enjoy!
Are you after a restaurant quality glass of iced coffee? Or do you want to turn your glass of iced coffee into the focus of a perfect, Instagram worthy photo? If you are, it is very easy to elevate this beverage to a ‘gourmet’ level. Add a scoop of ice-cream or some whipped cream on top of your iced coffee. Sprinkle some ground coffee bean dust on top. You can even add a whole coffee bean or two. Drizzle a sauce of your choice all over.
If you’re anything like me, one perfect glass of iced coffee just won’t do it for you.
Why not make a jug’s worth and pop it in the fridge, ready for whenever the craving strikes?
To do this all you need to do is repeat the above steps, except you will need to select the largest available cup size as opposed to the smallest. Once your coffee is brewed, pour it into an empty jug.
Repeat this brew and pour process until the jug is full & place it into your fridge. Whenever you want to indulge, simply grab a glass, fill it with ice and pour some iced coffee straight from your jug & into your glass. You can thank me later.
Want to Turn This 5 Step Process into A 1 Step Process? Try the Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker
If the above recipe is too much hassle for you, you can always purchase the Keurig K-Elite which has a dedicated button for iced coffee. At the push of a button your fresh, hot coffee will turn into a concentrated amount of smooth iced coffee.
It just goes to show that when you speak, Keurig listens.