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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bye Bye Starbucks!

I found someone else!  It's called Iced Coffee DIY.  So yummy!  and oh so much cheaper!  And what an addiction!
It's so easy.  It is a cold brew method and takes no fancy coffeemakers or equipment.  Just a large container as it makes a huge amount of coffeebase.

DIY Iced Coffee
For the coffee base:
16 oz. ground dark roast coffee - I used french roast
8 quarts of cold water
To make coffee base: combine the ground coffee and cold water in a very large container.  Stir well so that all the coffee grounds are moist.  Cover and let sit at room temperature for 8 hours or overnight.  Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth.  Pour coffee-water mixture through the strainer into pitchers.  Store coffee base in the refrigerator to keep chilled.
***Discard coffee grounds in your garden.  Your plants will love it!.

To make an iced mocha, pour chocolate syrup into the bottom of a 16 ounce cup.  Fill the cup with ice (I make my ice cups from leftover coffee .....thus as the ice cubes melt, it does not dilute  your coffee with water but more coffee.).
Pour the chilled coffee base over the ice, filling the cup about 3/4 full.  Stir the mixture well to blend syrup.  Fill the rest of the cup with milk, half and half, or cream(whatever your pleasure) and stir.  And lastly,, enjoy! sit back and count your change! Much more cheaper than Starbucks!.
I have not experimented with syrups yet.  I have store bought Irish Cream syrup.  I will be researching home brews so stay tuned.

This information from
I think I'll go and make another one!


  1. I am ready to try one. Can I have mine skinny?

  2. Dear Barb, You too? My kids Kristen and Jon both are crazy for iced coffee and Mike's girlfriend too. Kris brews her own, but Jon goes to Dunkin Donuts for his daily fix! Mike being a great boyfriend goes to starbucks and delivers one to his girlfriend at work. I am boring, Lake Michigan on the rocks for me! Love, Penny