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A neurotic New Yorker finds the perfect iced coffee
on August 17, 2016
I admit it, I am an iced coffee snob. I have been drinking iced coffee for over 30 years. I drink it 365 days of the year, even in the dead of the New York City winter.
Over the 30 years, I have been tinkering with the best way to make a perfect glass of iced coffee. First you need to start with a great premium blend of coffee. It needs to be brewed double or triple strength so as not to be diluted by the ice cubes. My preferred way of preparing the ice coffee is the cold-pressed method using a French press . Then the coffee needs to be refrigerated or brought to room temperature before adding ice cubes. The biggest mistake you can make is by brewing your coffee and putting ice cubes in while it's still hot. i'm still amazed that some coffee shops serve their ice coffee this way; it's watered-down slush.
I will only drink my iced coffee with half-and-half or heavy cream. Milk in my mind destroys what could be the perfect glass of iced coffee. I add some sweetener, then the ice cubes. Then top it off with a straw and I'm in iced coffee heaven.
For years I have been preparing the coffee in various ways, and found that the French press method/cold press is my preferred way. But then I stumbled across these delightful Illy cans of coffee. I was humbled that there was a coffee that was close to, and actually better, than the one that I prepared on my own. This is hands-down, the best ice coffee ever. I go through over 90 cans of this a month. Thank goodness for subscribe and save so I can have my recurring delivery and save some money. One can, with ice and half-and-half and it makes a full glass of iced coffee. I prefer the illy with sugar version, but buy the unsweetened version and add some Stevia when I'm trying to watch my weight. I seriously don't know what I would do if Illy stopped making this. Yes, not only am I a coffee snob but I guess I am a bit of a neurotic New Yorker who needs her coffee, and needs it perfect.