Yes you can use regular brewed coffee to make Iced Coffee and Frappe’s, however…
Regular brewed coffee has quite a bitter flavor which is created by the hot water releasing the coffee beans oil and acids.
Whereas, the process of cold brewing prevents those bitter compounds from being released, and allows only the flavor and caffeine to be extracted, leaving you with a smooth, fully aromatic, almost creamy coffee concentrate – which is perfect for iced coffee’s or frappes.
The process does require some patience and a lot of coffee grounds, so check out the recipe so you can plan ahead. Then keep some of this tasty brew in your fridge ready for a hot sunny day when you need a cold iced drink.
- 1 cup medium-grind coffee
- 1 1/2 cups water room temperature
- Combine water and coffee and place in a covered container (on counter or in fridge) for 12-24 hours.
- Strain mixture using a cheesecloth, tea towel, or coffee filter (may take up to 1 hour with a coffee filter ).
- To make an iced coffee, combine equal parts coffee concentrate and milk (or milk alternative), and pour over ice.
- To make a frappe, in a blender combine 1 cup ice, 1/3 cup coffee concentrate, 1/3 cup milk (or milk alternative), and 1-3 Tbsp sugar (or sugar substitute). Blend until smooth.
- To garnish, top with whip cream, shaved chocolate, cocoa powder or chocolate sauce.