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krisdb
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Posted Mon Jun 15, 2009, 10:41am
Subject: Iced coffee shelf life?
 

I want to make a relatively big batch of iced coffee and store it in the fridge for a couple days (around 5-6 days).  Does anyone know what the shelf life of refrigerated brewed coffee is?  Is this a bad idea?  I'm sick of paying $2.00+ for an iced coffee.
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Posted Tue Jun 16, 2009, 8:09am
Subject: Re: Iced coffee shelf life?
 

Hey Kris,

I don't really like the taste of coffee that's been sitting around in the fridge for any length of time but I don't know what its "shelf life" is.  I'm sure it won't kill you if it's 5 or 6 days old so the hurdle is taste.  

Another option (the one I prefer) is cold brewing your coffee for iced coffees.  Check out this link for a cheap and easy way to make your own cold brewer: http://www.ineedcoffee.com/06/coldhome/ .  I bought 4 of those cups for $1 at a dollar store and all the other supplies were around my house.  For $1 this works really well and the coffee is supposed to be good for two weeks.  

I just started doing this and I find the flavors to be a bit muted and dulled when mixed with hot water (some people like doing this because hot coffee bothers their stomach) but for iced coffees it's fine.

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Posted Sat Jun 20, 2009, 12:34pm
Subject: Re: Iced coffee shelf life?
 

If you have an espresso machine, the best option might be Iced Americanos...

Not sure if it's the same deal, but it's certainly cheap enough to try, grab an Aeropress for $25 on Amazon and then try to do the "espresso" in the same way as a regular Americano.

*It's also best to put some room temp water in first, then espresso/coffee, then ice.. much smoother flavor then pouring it over ice.

E- Another option I've done is put cold water in the french press with the coffee and leave it overnight and it was very smooth and nice, although a couple of days later it had that "days in fridge" taste.
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