This might seem surprising, but I was off coffee during most of my time as an undergrad in college. I had been a coffee fiend during the later years of high school (as a result of SOMUCHWORK and the inherent “coolness factor” of going out for coffee with friends when you’re seventeen and can’t yet enjoy the bar scene). However, sometime at the beginning of my first year of college I dropped the coffee. I usually had late classes (woohoo 10am start) and a pretty manageable course load which consisted of reading lots of literature- which was kind of like heaven for me. Also, we were in college. So that means when you can spend money on coffee or alcohol, you’re going to pick alcohol, amiright?
So basically, I didn’t drink much coffee. BUT THEN this past Christmas my boyfriend’s parents gave him (aka us) a beautiful lovely wonderful amazing coffee machine. This thing is fancy, and OHSO convenient. So of course I can’t just let le boyfriend drink sixteen cups of coffee a day without getting in on some of that sweet convenient caffeine. You guessed it, I’m back on coffee.
My reintroduction to coffee comes at a convenient time in my life, as I am embarking on a fall/spring of extreme business. So hurray for caffeine!
So why the arduous story? Well, I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but the summer heatwave is just now hitting Oakland and I have been melting all week. Rather than forgo my helpful beverage, I decided to bust out the iced coffee. And I know that some people make big batches of coffee and then stick them in the fridge so that they have cold coffee at the ready, but I am realllllllly bad about using all of the stuff in my fridge. If I make coffee and then stick it in there I just KNOW that it’s going to be forgotten until November. That place is a black hole.
Alternately, some people have no problem dropping a few ice cubes in the coffee and then heading out the door. But I am picky and I don’t want watered down coffee (it annoys me to no end when coffee shops do that…. it’s like, seriously? Did I just pay full price for a cup of ice?). SO I decided to borrow a trick from a (smart, non-ripoff) coffee shop I went into once: coffee cubes. Yes, that’s right, freeze coffee in an ice cube tray and you are good to go.
And because they’re so cute and funky (I’m talking dollar tree ice trays that are tiki man faces) I definitely wont forget them in the freezer. In fact, I might be in danger of drinking too much coffee just for the excitement of the little icemen.
You don’t really need directions for this tip, but I’ll give ‘em anyway:
1. Brew up some coffee
2. Pour coffee into ice cub tray (I am a mess so I must do this over the sink or risk bunchofcoffeeonthefloor)
3. Wait a few hours or until next morning
4. Brew a cup of coffee
5. Add milk/cream/half and half/sugar/stevia/WHATEVER to your liking
6. Put some of those ice cubes in the coffee <——–MOST IMPORTANT STEP
7. Enjoy your cool, caffeinated life
Maybe you already knew this simple trick? Have any more awesome coffee suggestions? Like I said, I’ve been drinking coffee again and I am down with an excuse to fire up that coffee machine. Enjoy!