Well the time of year has come where I am literally running a sweatshop in my classroom. Luckily, we have been extremely fortunate with the weather this month of May. I can only pray that we are just as lucky heading into the month of June. You see, my school is not air conditioned and we go to school this year until June 16th. The past few years we have had such steamy temperatures to round out the school year. To say it is awful is an understatement. The kids just look at me like I have ten heads with thoughts swarming in their brains “Seriously, Mrs. R, you are trying to teach me about rates, prepositions, and electricity when I am dying of heat here.” Believe me kids, I am just as checked out as you are and just as hot! At one point last year, I just threw down my Smartboard pen on the floor because it refused to work in the heat. I think I ended up calling it a day, putting on a movie, and we ate popsicles.
Every morning at work I so enjoy sipping my coffee before the rush of my students come in and suck all my energy out of me. The last thing I want to do is drink hot, steamy coffee on those June days. In comes my love for iced coffee, but I don’t love the price tag of it at the store. Iced coffee couldn’t be easier to make at home. You literally combine water and coffee, let it sit overnight, then strain it and enjoy. I can assure you that I will be enjoying this not only as my school year winds down, but as the summer temperatures rise. You can also use this base to make your own homemade iced mocha with this chocolate syrup. Also I haven’t tried it yet, but Vietnamese iced coffee is on my “to try” list.
1 pound Ground Coffee (good, Rich Roast)
8 quarts Cold Water
What you’ll do:
In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds. Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed.
Tip: Freeze some coffee into ice trays and use as ice cubes. This will make sure that your coffee doesn’t get watered down.