Iced at the Office
The average American spends over $1,000 on coffee drinks per year; going out every day for a $5 frozen latte can be an expensive habit! Luckily, USConnect and Route 66 Coffee give you coffee-shop quality coffee right in the workplace, and with a few simple tricks, you can concoct your cold drinks right in your office kitchen. For cold coffee drinks, we recommend the bold flavor of Route 66 Chicago Dark Roast. Or if you’re looking for a less caffeine in the afternoon, try Route 66 Sonoran Desert Decaf.
Easiest Method Iced Coffee
If your office uses a Keurig or other single-serve coffee machine, pack the reusable cup with your favorite coffee, and choose the smallest cup size on the machine. This will create a strong, concentrated brew that you can pour directly over ice without worrying that the coffee will be too watered down. The best thing about this method (if you have access to a single-serve coffee maker) is that you can make iced coffee to order, whenever the desire strikes.
Plan-Ahead Iced Coffee
If you don’t have access to a single-serve coffee maker, you can still have delicious iced coffee; you just have to plan ahead a little bit. Simply brew your normal coffee, and once it has cooled somewhat, pour it into a glass jar to store in the refrigerator for about two hours. When it is fully chilled, pour it over ice, and voila!
Cole-brew coffee takes quite a bit of planning, but the smooth taste is well worth the bother. When the coffee grounds brew without heat, they don’t produce as much acid, creating coffee with lots of flavor but less bitterness.
To make cold-brew coffee in the office, you will need a large jar, a cheesecloth or nut-milk bag, and your favorite Route 66 coffee. Simply scoop 1.5 cups of coffee beans into the filter bag, tie the bag, and put it in the jar with eight cups of cold water. Keeping this ratio, you can halve, double, or even triple the recipe as needed. Leave the jar on your desk or in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours to brew. At this time, remove the filter bag, squeezing the extra coffee back into the jar. You have your cold-brew coffee! This method makes quite a concentrated brew, so you will want to add milk, cream, or even just water to dilute it.