I’ve been holding onto this one. Waiting for that beautiful wild time when buds are forming, pregnant with such nostalgic hope. My pupil takes in unformed petals.
In this bud I see me, shedding layers, stepping outside barefoot on dewy grass. Take breaths. My hand finds my chest. I think my heart feels dewy too. New. Grateful. Warm.
I move winter clothes down the pole in the closet. Out of sight. I move coffee mugs back into the cabinet. Far back.
Pull my hair up. Shorts hit my waist and settle in. It’s spring. A new spring. A spring I have never encountered before but one I have always welcomed. I walk onto that long abandoned porch, grab my pen, grab spring’s hand. And I write.
Because Stephen King said to write every day. Always every day. even if you don’t have anything to write – well then honey child, write about that.
Iced coffee hits my tongue in-between inconclusive thoughts. Too many thoughts.
Scribble. Sip. Scribble. Sip. Scripple….thank Him. Sip. Breathe. Everything feels so brilliantly new. And warm.
What is spring or summer without iced coffee? Let me tell you something friend, I drink iced coffee in these warm months like it’s where my secrets are held. Like that’s when the excavating in my mind happens.
Scribble. Sip. Scribble. Sip.
Then one day while rummaging through Tuesday Mornings I found a large french press. An iced coffee french press. A money saving, morning joy, yellow like my image of the sun…french press.
So for $20 I walked away with it. Skeptical.
Two years later and it is one of my favorites. My favorite gift to give. My favorite uncovered treasure each spring. And if you like iced coffee, I think it could be your favorite too.
I had to experiment with it a bit to find my perfect iced cuppa. But I found it.
HOMEMADE ICED COFFEE
First, the iced coffee french press. Here she is:
As you can see, it is a bit more expensive on Amazon. So go check Tuesday Mornings or even World Market. But, if you cannot find one and you drink a qualifying amount of iced coffee – let me tell you, you will more than get your money’s worth on this beauty.
You can also use your own french press. I like the ice french press because it is large and can make huge batches of iced coffee (it usually lasts me the whole week) and it has an airtight lid which is important when the coffee is steeping in the refrigerator overnight.
This french press comes with a scoop. I measured it out yesterday and this scoop is the equivalent of 1 and 1/2 tablespoons. So if you are using your own french press – that is the measurement.
I do a 2 to 1 ratio. And it turns out perfect every time.
You will need coffee beans ground for a french press (otherwise known as coarsely ground). See how coarse these grinds are:
Add 10 scoops, yes, 10 scoops, of these coffee grinds to your cold french press. Then add 5 cups purified water. Purified water ensures that any minerals in tap water do not mess with the flavor profile of the beans.
Give it a good stir to incorporate the beans into the water.
Add your airtight lid.
Put it in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 5-7 hours.
The next morning, replace the airtight lid with the press.
As you can see, I pressed, poured some iced coffee for myself and then took this picture. Ain’t no problem with that, honey.
And there you have it. Your friend for spring mornings.
Add some ice to a glass. And a little of your favorite creamer.
Have you ever tried plain heavy whipping cream? That is what I use. It is paleo. It does not have the additives and preservatives that other creamers have and it is so rich and creamy.
Now before you go looking at the calorie count, which is high, know that your body can fully digest heavy whipping cream, because it is all natural. Your body cannot fully process anything that has additives and preservatives :)
Iced coffee for the lover. Cheers.