Avoid Watered Down Iced Coffee: Add Flavor AND Health To Your Brew With Coffee Ice Cubes
How do you take your coffee?
You didn’t even have to think about the answer to that question, did you?
From brewing methods, flavorings, and temperature, what goes into our mug or glass is practically a science, an art!
And, chances are, when you take a sip of coffee, you have an expectation of what will grace your lips. Even if you’re trying something new, from feeling to flavor…you know what you want.
It’s why you frown or turn your nose when what you taste (or smell) doesn’t live up to those expectations.
Take iced coffee for instance:
- you expect a specific flavor from the roast or flavored version of the brew you’ve selected
- you expect other flavor profiles from the particular additions you’ve carefully chosen (or not)
- you expect a specific temperature (cold in this case)
- you expect refreshment
So, sticking with our iced coffee example, what happens to those expectations as you sip?
With the first few sips, the flavors (from your chosen brew to additions like sugars, spices, milks, etc.) are on point. But, after several minutes, what happens?
Science happens, right? The ice melts.
I mean, how many times have you sipped on your iced coffee, got halfway through that glass, and dumped the rest because your perfected brew was transformed into a watery glass of yuck?
Sure, you wanted chilled, cold coffee, and the addition of ice delivers those desired temps. But, does it have to deliver that chill at the expense of flavor?
Drinking a refreshing glass of iced coffee shouldn’t have to result in a diluted, ill-flavored, mess.
So, unless you’re going to drink the icy version of your beloved java outdoors, in the dead of winter, in the arctic, we’ve got to come up with a solution.
Actually, we don’t have to come up with anything. The solution to this problem already exists.
Three words, my friends: Coffee. Ice. Cubes.
And, while this may not be a new concept, I’m a bit surprised that it’s not a more widely used method of keeping chilly brews strong and full of flavor.
We know that, obviously, freezing coffee into ice cubes and adding it to cold coffee will accomplish the goal of keeping the brew chilled, just like ice cubes made of water.
But, what happens when we get creative and take this concept to a new level?
I’m thinking past the common watery conundrum of regular ice cubes…
From everyday flavors to full blown treats, how much flavor can be packed into a coffee ice cube?
What about health? Can we boost our health with ingredients added to these creative cubes?
Let’s find out…
Coffee ice cubes can be prepared simply by pouring cold brewed or brewed and chilled coffee into an ice cube tray and freezing it for 3-4 hours.
You can add these ice cubes to your glass the same way you would add ice cubes made of water.
But, by using ice cubes made of your favorite brew, you’ve now avoided watering down your coffee. You’ll enjoy consistent coffee flavor until the last sip!
So then, what if you like to add other flavors to your glass?
If you do like to add a little something extra to your brew, you’re not alone.
A survey conducted in 2014 revealed that most iced coffee drinkers wanted more than just cream and/or sugar in their chilly java drinks.
From vanilla, to chocolate, to hazelnut, cinnamon, pumpkin, peppermint, caramel, and more, people prefer these additions to their iced brew. Hot coffee can’t have all the fun, right?!
So, will adding ice cubes made only of your selected brew tame those other additions?
Hmmm, perhaps. So, why not add those flavors as you freeze your coffee into cubes?
Including vanilla extract, chocolate, or cinnamon, for example, to your coffee as you freeze it will ensure amazing flavor all the way to the last sip when you add the frozen cubes to your chilled brew! Trust me, I’ve tried it!
In fact, there are so many ways, from simple to more complex, that you can add flavor to your java through coffee ice cubes.
These recipes incorporate many different brews we offer at Lifeboost: from light to dark roast, from caramel macchiato to pumpkin spice flavored. There’s a recipe for every selection.
I’ve tried every recipe in this collection, and the only problem I’ve encountered with them is the difficult task of choosing a favorite!