This post on how to make iced coffee is brought to you on behalf of my partnership with Hamilton Beach. The thoughts and opinions below are my own, and I was not influenced in any way by this partnership.
I enjoy a couple of warm cups of coffee in the morning, and before receiving my Hamilton Beach 2 Way FlexBrew , I would brew half a pot and throw away over half of that. It was nearly impossible to get my daily brew to match what I actually brewed. That is no longer the case with the Hamilton Beach 2 Way FlexBrew. Now I can enjoy my cup of coffee brewed in so many ways. I can brew an individual cup using grounds, k cups, or pods. If I am expecting company or my parents are in town for the weekend, I can brew a full pot.
Features of the Hamilton Beach 2 Way FlexBrew
- Single-serve side:
- Compatible with K-Cup®* Packs or ground coffee
- Brews up to 14oz from ground coffee in a travel mug**
- Adjustable cup rest allows for standard-size cups or travel mugs
- Better coffee extraction than the leading competitor
- 12 cup carafe:
- Brew a full pot of coffee
- Regular or bold brew strength
- Programmable timer with 2-hour automatic shutoff
Hamilton Beach 2 Way FlexBrew In Action
Like I said above, I start each morning with a hot cup of coffee, and I have really fallen in love with the fact that I can now use pods. I looked into k cups, but the price was just too much for me, especially since, as far as I could find, they only brew 6 ounces at a time. I like my coffee dark with creamer and in a 12 ounce mason jar (which we use for cups in our house). When I started doing the math of needing to use 2 k cups per cup of coffee, times 2 cups of coffee a day, I just couldn’t justify it.
That’s when I started researching the pods that I see at hotels and quickly came up with my answer. It wasn’t going to cost me $2.00 + for my daily coffee, nor was I going to have to deal with coffee grounds. Amazing. When it comes to the pods, I could only find that they brew 6 ounces as well, so I was slow to order my first pack of coffee pods, but once I did, there was no turning back for me. I did find that to get a dark brew of 12 ounces, I can just run my coffee through twice (using the same pod). It brews a light 12 ounces the first time for all of you who like a lighter cup of coffee. Wait until it’s finished brewing, pour the brewed coffee back into the water reservoir, and brew again. I receive a nice dark cup of coffee every time! As I move farther into the 3rd trimester of this pregnancy, I have found that I need an afternoon pick me up. With 2 other kids at home, it’s not really possible to take a nap, so I have dropped off one cup of coffee in the morning, and I’m enjoying a refreshing cup of iced coffee in the afternoon. It’s truly not rocket science when it comes to how to make iced coffee, and I find that the recipe below suits me fine. It’s easy to adapt to your favorite coffee flavor and your own personal coffee taste. I tend to like mine on the sweeter side, but my mom likes hers with a bit of a stronger coffee taste. Generally, I brew my coffee in the morning and leave it in the fridge to cool. This means that when I’m ready for my pick me, up, I don’t have to wait for it to brew and cool down.
How To Make Iced Coffee