How to Make Iced Coffee
Making delicious iced coffee at home is a cinch. Best of all, the secret to the best coffee is to eliminate heat from the process altogether. Cold-processed coffee is less bitter, and it allows you to control the dilution of the final product. We used Peet's Baridi blend coffee beans, which are specially roasted for iced coffee, but any beans you like will do. Give the beans a few bursts in a coffee grinder, to a medium grind. Add 1/4 cup of the grinds to every cup of water you will use.
Add room-temperature water to the coffee grounds, and stir to combine. Cover with a lid, and leave the coffee at room temperature, agitating periodically, for 12 hours or overnight.
Strain the coffee through a coffee filter. Discard the grinds and the filter.
Meanwhile, make a simple syrup by combining equal parts granulated sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool, pour into a bottle, then refrigerate.
If desired, dilute the coffee by up to 50 percent water. Pour over ice, and add simple syrup and cream to your taste.