There are two types of people in this world. The type of person who must have a cup of coffee to start the day and the other who leaps out of bed ready to face the world. For the coffee lover, coffee can be a serious matter. Without that essential first cup the day will not go well, grumpiness may seep in until a cup can be drunk. Making coffee is a ritual. Some people are happy with instant, others have complicated machines that hiss and hum, spitting the coffee into a small cup, some grind their beans and use a cafetiere. The end result is the same, that all important first cup of coffee. Recently the weather has been warmer and I have found another way to start the day. A cup of creamy iced coffee served in a glass is a welcome start to a sunny morning. It makes a day more special, as though you have been to a coffee house and bought yourself a glass of iced coffee and are sitting watching the day go by as you drink it.
There is an art to making iced coffee. It is not as simple as making a cup of coffee and pouring it over ice. This leads to tepid coffee and melting ice. To make the perfect iced coffee you need to take a little time and prepare it in advance. You can make iced coffee with coffee grounds, leaving the grounds to soak in cold water overnight and then straining the mixture to remove the grounds. I know if I did this the result would be a lot of mess in my kitchen. To make my iced coffee I have been using Beanies coffee.
Beanies create flavoured coffee by carefully blending coffee with flavours to create a satisfying cup of coffee that is full of flavour. They only use natural ingredients and have a wide range of different flavoured coffees. I have been trying double chocolate, irish cream, chocolate orange and nutty hazelnut but there are other flavours available. The flavours are delicious and make a morning coffee something special. To make the iced coffee I used the hazelnut flavour which has a subtle nutty taste. I took three teaspoons of the coffee and mixed it up with a little water in a jug until it was smooth. I then topped up the jug to the pint level and left it in the fridge overnight.
The next morning you need to fill a cup with ice and gently pour the coffee mixture over the top. The glass can be half full or a little more. To make the iced coffee really special gently pour in some evaporated milk. This gives it a real creamy flavour which makes a perfect start to a hot day. If you are feeling decadent you could whip some cream and add it to the top. That would make a sinful start to the morning
The iced coffee should be savoured, so make some time to drink it slowly. Put a deckchair in the garden and soak up the early morning sunshine whilst listening to the birds singing. This will make a relaxing start to the day and you will be ready to face all the trials life wants to thrown your way. Iced coffee is also perfect to enjoy in the afternoon heat as a way to break up the day.
A marble bundt cake would also make the ideal accompaniment to a cup of iced coffee.