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mattmikulla
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Posted Wed Jun 9, 2010, 1:01pm
Subject: Making Iced Americanos or really good iced coffee
 

Hello all. I drink Iced Americanos and I'm not a big fan of hot coffee. I'm trying to cut my expenses down so I would like to have the option to make them at home.

My question is this. Do I need a really good home espresso machine since I'm not steaming milk?

Also, has anyone tried Aero Press for iced coffee?

Recommendations appreciated.
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clivecoffee
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Posted Wed Jun 9, 2010, 2:01pm
Subject: Re: Making Iced Americanos or really good iced coffee
 

Hi Matt,
Great question! For iced coffee I like to use a french press and the cold brew method - minimizes the variety of coffee tools you have to keep in your kitchen (unless you like that sort of thing), tastes great, and it's easy. I wrote up a quick how-to here: http://www.clivecoffee.com/category/cold_brewed.html
It's not an iced americano, of course, but you still get the nuance of the varietal without the bitterness of most iced coffees/espressos.

Haven't tried it with an Aero Press - would be curious to hear feedback from someone who has!

In re: espresso machines - you could probably get by with an inexpensive espresso machine to make iced americanos, but you're going to invest in a good grinder for most "good" espresso machines. The other route you could go is a handheld grinder (like the Hario Skerton) and the Mypressi. This would work for low-volume espresso-making.

Good luck!
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Posted Wed Jun 9, 2010, 2:33pm
Subject: Re: Making Iced Americanos or really good iced coffee
 

you may want to keep an eye out for this event:  The Last CoffeeGeek Lab Event - Iced Coffee Demo and Tasting

Mark Prince (site owner) will be putting it on.  Should be educational.  It will cover multiple methods for brewing iced coffee, including Aeropress.

cheers,
~j

 
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mattmikulla
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Posted Wed Jun 9, 2010, 7:16pm
Subject: Re: Making Iced Americanos or really good iced coffee
 

Thanks all. Just from poking around I am beginning to realize the importance of a good grinder.

For the money I spend on coffee everyday I'll be able to play around with a french press, aero press, and score a decent but cheap espresso machine. I'll keep my eye on on craigslist for a starbucks model or better.

What would be a decent affordable electric grinder if I need one? I only have about 1 coffee a day.
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kwantran
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Posted Wed Jun 9, 2010, 7:46pm
Subject: Re: Making Iced Americanos or really good iced coffee
 

Baratza Maestro for non-espresso use.

Mark Prince wrote up a way to make iced coffee with the aeropress: http://coffeegeek.com/opinions/coffeeatthemoment/09-14-2008

I like the Japanese iced method the best.
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bushrod
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010, 2:31pm
Subject: Re: Making Iced Americanos or really good iced coffee
 

I use a Maestro and an Aeropress for iced coffee twice a day, every week day.  It's brilliant.

 
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mattmikulla
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Posted Tue Jul 17, 2012, 1:00pm
Subject: Re: Making Iced Americanos or really good iced coffee
 

I'm reviving this post because I think I'm gonna buy an Aeropress.

Would anyone like to share their brewing method, ratio or any other details?
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