The coffee culture, as we know it, is changing.

Instead of rushing to Starbucks or another trendy coffee shop, where a cup of happiness costs a pretty penny, more and more of the sleep-deprived masses are turning to homemade recipes.

Such recipes require coffee enthusiasts to prepare the coffee concentrate the night before. The ingredients can be mixed into a lovely cup of joe quicker than it would take to stand in line at one’s favorite coffee shop.

But these recipes aren’t for the traditional iced coffee, which most assume is brewed as normal and then poured over ice. They require a few extra steps, but once completed, will leave coffee fans begging for more.

Cold-Brew Coffee

While mixing coffee concentrate, water and creamer.

The catalyst for the widespread switch from steamed milk coffees is this not-so-new invention: cold brew coffee. It’s a method of making coffee that quickly gained popularity in 20o7 and has taken over the coffee world–even inspiring corporation coffee companies, such as Starbucks and Stumptown, to manufacture their own blends.

To start this delectable cold treat, follow these instructions:

1. Mix 1 ½ cups cold water and ⅓ cup ground coffee in a jar or cup. Most recipes suggest using a medium-coarse blend for the best-tasting coffee.

2. Cover the container with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator overnight.

3. The next day, strain the coffee concentrate using a reusable coffee filter or a cheesecloth. Complete this step twice to get rid of as many coffee grinds as possible and until the concentrate is a clearish brown color.

4. Now for to the fun part! Pour equal parts coffee concentrate and water, my suggestion is ½ cup of each, into a glass full of ice. Add milk. I used almond milk because it’s sweeter and thicker. There will be little to no need to add any sweeteners, as this method allows the natural sweetness of milk to come through.

New Orleans Cold Drip Coffee

Sick of the cold brew coffee trend? Then try the New Orlean’s version of this classic drink instead. Rather than using whatever coffee grinds are hiding in the kitchen, make cold brew coffee with a medium-ground dark roast coffee and chicory blend. Chicory is a somewhat woody herbaceous plant, found in the dandelion family, and also a New Orlean’s favorite.

Using this blend enhances coffee’s natural deep chocolate taste. The only drawback, however, is that this speciality coffee is not sold at all supermarkets.

Try looking for the Community Ground’s Coffee and Chicory Medium-Dark Roast in Target or look at Walmart for French Market’s Coffee and Chicory Dark Roast.

Make this coffee using the same steps followed for making cold brew coffee. If a warm drink is preferred in the morning, warm up a cup of milk, and mix it with the coffee concentrate and water to make a hot cup of New Orleans cold drip coffee.


A suggestion to spruce up either recipe is to add two to four tablespoons of condensed milk. Doing this makes the drink even creamier and more irresistible. This is also how to make Vietnamese iced coffee.

Add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to the medium-coarse blend used to make cold brew coffee to get that delectable hint of chocolate.

The cold brew coffee and New Orleans cold drip coffee recipes are adapted from the New York Times. The Vietnamese iced coffee is inspired by the Spoon University.

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