Hard To Concentrate

July 7, 2012

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Continuing on to my perfect quest for overnight iced coffee in my French press…

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Yesterday I gave Pioneer Woman’s perfect iced coffee a look. Her recipe makes it in bulk, so I did need to adjust for my french press – luckily a reader comment told me how to do that: 3 cups of water to 2/3 cup grounds. This recipe makes a concentrate that you can keep in the fridge, which is totally appealing. I like my iced coffee black, so since I’m not adding milk (or condensed milk!?) I was a little worried about adding water itself to the concentrate.

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And here’s the problem: I LIKED THE CONCENTRATE!

Strong, black! I ended up doing about 2/3 concentrate and 1/3 water, which tasted fine. But the problem is that I can’t afford to like the concentrate!! It is pretty strong, so maybe for the long term I will get used to a closer to 50/50 dilution.

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Side dish to the coffee..

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Bowl of cereal! A mix of mini wheats, mini wheat sludge, GH Groovy Granola, chia,  half a banana and milk. Oh and sunflower butter!

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I slept fabulously last night. I have temporarily banished the snoogle body pillow from my bed and am trying other combinations of pillows – and my abs feel much better! I don’t think I woke up once, except when I was having a scary dream early this AM. Matt heard me wimper something and said “Are you ok!?” I then had about 3 more vivid dreams before I finally woke up. One on a train! One involved a wedding and lots of rain….

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Our high today is 103* BUT next week there area a bunch of 80* days scheduled – including one high of 79*! I don’t even know what that will feel like!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat July 7, 2012 at 8:30 am

I want to try that brewing method, but dang that’s a ton of grounds! Like you, I prefer my coffee super strong. Maybe if it sits longer, it’ll be stronger?

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2 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 8:32 am

Maybe if i just make it hot it will brew strong for much less $$!

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl July 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

We have had 100+ degree days as well here in Michigan – I keep thinking back to last Summer when I was pregnant. Glad it will be cooling down soon!! PS: You breakfast looks delish.

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4 Robyn July 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

I keep a big pitcher of Ree’s iced coffee concentrate in the refrig all the time. It keeps a long time. Fantastic~especially during this heat wave!! :)

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5 Molly @ RDexposed July 7, 2012 at 8:56 am

We have the same weather outlook. I don’t want to go outside today!

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6 Anna July 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

Mmm the wheat sludge is the best part… I’ve been meaning to try the overnight iced coffee approach, but you’re right- it does make coffee more expensive.

I’m super excited for the cooler days… I like how you refer to the weather as being “scheduled” :)

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7 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

That is its hint not to change its mind : )

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8 Khushboo July 7, 2012 at 9:00 am

Wow I just use Davidoff instant coffee which I make the night before and refrigerate…tastes pretty great!

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9 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

I love a good strong coffee…especially if it does not involve milk! Perhaps you will have to try switching up for a glass of Iced Tea!

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10 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning July 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

Ooh- I’ll have to try that method out. I’m on such an iced coffee kick (who isn’t during summer?). My mother-in-law does this drip method… I wish I could elaborate on it more but can’t remember the details. It comes out less acidic… it’s really good.
I had crazy dreams last night too- all over the place. SO looking forward to it only being in the 80s next week!

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11 Rebecca July 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

Have you tried making ice cubes from left over coffee? Might be good with the concentrate. Add concentrate cubes to regular coffee? Might make it stretch a bit further

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12 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

Too much work to maintain…

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13 Amy July 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

But all you’d have to do is use an ice cube tray and pour leftover coffee into it. Seems like a good idea to me! Plus then it won’t get watered down by having ice in it.

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14 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

It’s a great idea, but it’s just a lot to maintain on a regular basis. I just know it’s not something I’d keep up with.

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15 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles July 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I do this, and store them in a ziploc freezer bag. I haven’t tried it with the concentrate, just regular coffee. They are great for iced coffee, but also making coffee “milkshakes”/protein shakes.

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16 Erin Motz July 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Maybe try mixing it with a choffy concentrate? And stay cool in that crazy weather!

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17 mary @ minutespermile July 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

It’s hitting 100 degrees in DC/Tennessee, too! We are actually trying Pioneer Woman coffee tonight (PLUS the condensed milk!!). Will let you know how it turns out…thanks for the review!

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18 Shana July 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

I found the same pioneer woman recipe and did a little experiment. I made the concentrate and I made the standard version. I also liked the concentrate better! It had so much more flavor! Ultimately, I make mine using the same ratios as hot coffee, except I don’t brew it. I fill up the coffee pot with water, add the grounds, and let it sit overnight. In the morning I filter the grounds through a strainer lined with paper towel and drink. Its more mild than brewed coffee but still has good flavor. I also started adding chai spice or cinnamon which makes a really good iced coffee. Good luck on your overnight coffee journey!

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19 jen July 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

i do this too but in my french press. it seems to work for me. also, whole foods sells a concentrate that you keep in your fridge and can use to make ice or hot coffee. it last me for quite awhile but i don’t use it everyday.

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20 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

haha I like that your breakfast is a side to the coffee, I guess that’s the main event! And I love the “sludge” at the end of the box!

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21 kristen @ verbs and vignettes July 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

breakfast looks delicious! I have the same expense issue when I made espresso. I have a 6-espresso-cup brewer, and it operates best full, and it doesn’t save too well in the fridge. it’s not TOO expensive though, and I really do love it. just like I sort of love sweetened condensed milk with ree’s perfect iced coffee. I certainly didn’t need to learn how much I like that… hahaha.

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22 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Even at 2/3c of grounds and 3 c of water which probably yields 2.5 concentrate, it’s still probably far cheaper than buying iced coffee..and tastes way better. But I know what you mean :) Keep us posted on the method and process!

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23 Taylor July 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I make Pioneer Women’s coffee a lot, we love it! Add a splash of coconut milk and wowzas that stuff is good!
We grabbed some iced coffees on the way back from the market and it was so terrible (not just bad,but terrible) that I had to toss it. I guess it comes back that if you want something good, ya gotta do it yourself!
Have a great Saturday.

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24 Brie @ Coxswain's Dilemma July 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I’m also a massive fan of extra strong coffee. I can’t understand how people dilute it :O

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25 Cait's Plate July 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

So glad you had a good night’s sleep! There’s nothing better :) Breakfast looks perfect, especially for a hot hot day!

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26 Darlene July 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Did Karen ever post her recipe for that pasta dish? I looked but couldnt locate it

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27 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Yes, it’s in the comments of that post

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28 Erin @ erinberries July 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I’ll have to try out that new way to make iced coffee!

Also, cute bowl! Where did you get it?

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29 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Homegoods or TJ Maxx – one of the two

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30 Angel7 July 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Iced coffee sounds good about now! After being outside at a picnic in the shade/hot, hot, sun, anything cold & refreshing sounds great!

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31 Lilly July 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Does dreaming about a wedding have any significance in the US?

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32 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I don’t think so? I was a guest at it – don’t even know who was getting married

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33 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm

“Mini wheat sludge” hahah that is my favorite thing too!

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34 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 8, 2012 at 4:59 am

I have the same French press and the Pioneer Woman recipe but I need to reduce the recipe because I’m the only one who likes iced coffee. Thanks for the reduction rules!!

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35 Emma July 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

That coffee looks delicious! I like it strong enough that you slice and eat it. :-)

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36 Kristen July 13, 2012 at 7:40 am

You use cold water to do this?

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37 KathEats July 13, 2012 at 7:42 am

Yup. Well not ice cold… Just sink temp

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38 Andrea August 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

Just finally got around to making this today and was wondering if you leave the concentrate in the French press or if I should pour it into another container in case it will turn to sludge over the course of the couple days it will take me to drink it?

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39 KathEats August 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

I left the sludge at the bottom since I hope the mesh keeps it from recirculating

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40 Andrea August 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

Great, I’ll do that too then- thanks!

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41 Ek August 16, 2012 at 1:07 am

Planning on making this French press overnight coffee…
Do you leave the the concentrate mixture overnight in the fridge or at room temp?

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42 KathEats August 16, 2012 at 6:55 am

room temp

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