How to make French-press iced coffee from a non-expert.

By: Simone

The world of coffee can be slightly daunting, especially when the process of learning the fine intricacies of coffee-making forces you to encounter a lot of information from professional coffee experts who may possibly seem a tad-bit intimidating.

Here's where I come in. Hi! Welcome. This is a safe space for all of us coffee-lovers who might not yet (or ever) feel like they have the expertise on coffee that everyone else magically seems to have.

I love coffee. I also love making coffee. But do I really know how to make it? I mean, I wouldn't say I’m an expert (*insert wink face*) but I sure can make a good cup of aesthetically pleasing (and deliciously tasting) iced-coffee.

So here it is, a feel-good post on how to make iced-coffee from a non-expert. (Because coffee makes me feel good, and after reading this hopefully it will make you feel good too!)

Things you need:

- A French press (or any sort of coffee filter mechanism)

- Ground coffee (duh)

- Milk

- Maple syrup

- Ice cubes

- A mason jar (or a plain old glass will do)

- A straw

How to make it:

Step 1: Add a spoonful of grounded coffee in the French press depending on how strong you want it. (I use the Marks & Spencer's French Roasted coffee.)

Step 2: Fill your French press with hot/warm water depending on how much coffee you want. (but remember that the ice will take up space in the cup)

Step 3: Stir the coffee for a few minutes.

Step 4: Place the French press in the refrigerator for about 30-60 min. (I like to go ahead and stir the coffee every 15 or so minutes so that its gets to a good level of strong)

Step 5: Fill your mason jar with ice.

Step 6: Take the French press out of the freezer and stir it.

Step 7: Push the lid of the French press down or as some people like to say plunge the coffee to separate the grounds from the liquid.

Step 8: Pour the cold brew into the ice-filled mason jar.

Step 9: Pour a splash of your choice of milk into the coffee (or not if you don't want milk).

Step 10: First admire the beautiful sight of your milk mixing in with the cold brew, then stir.

Step 11: Add maple syrup (or any other syrup for flavor or sweetness) according to your preference, and then stir.

Step 12: Enjoy!

When it comes to coffee-making, more than knowing exactly what you're doing, I think it's important to enjoy the process - put some music on, let the coffee aroma spread all over your house, take the time to be by yourself and enjoy every second of it.

At the end of it you might realize you make the best coffee in the world, or you might not (and that's okay too), but the next time you make coffee you'll know exactly what to do to make it exactly how you like it.

All that matters is that by the end of this post, you have an imperfectly perfect cup of ice-coffee in your hand.

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