I don’t know about you, but I can never make my iced coffee at home taste as good as it does at a Dunkin' Donuts restuarant. That’s why I sat down with Jim Cleaves, the Manager of Coffee Excellence at Dunkin’ Donuts. Since it’s his job to ensure Dunkin’ is providing you with an excellent cup of coffee every day, I thought he could offer some useful tips on how to brew the perfect cup of Dunkin’ Iced Coffee at home.
Q: First of all, what exactly does it mean to be a Manager of Coffee Excellence?
A: There are a lot of aspects to my job, but one that many people don’t know about is that it sometimes involves traveling across Central and South America. While there, I taste countless cups of coffee to ensure that our guests are receiving the highest quality of coffee beans. I do something that’s called “cupping,” which is sort of like wine tasting for coffee. It’s all to make sure that our coffee beans brew a delicious cup of coffee every time, whether in store or at home.
Q: What sort of coffee should I use at home?
A: Dunkin’ Donuts offers a number of packaged coffee offerings that our guests can purchase in our restaurants. Flavors range from Original Blend, Dark Roast, Dunkin’ DecafTM, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut, all also available in K-Cup® pods. All of our blends will make a great cup of coffee, whether hot or iced, so there’s really not a bad choice.
Q: So, how can I brew a great cup of Dunkin’ Iced Coffee at home?
A: It’s easy to brew smooth and refreshing iced coffee all summer long. Just follow these five steps:
1. Store it Right
A great cup of coffee starts with how you treat your beans. To keep your coffee extra fresh, take out the amount of coffee you plan to use during the week and store it in a cool, dry place. Then store the rest in an air tight container in your freezer. Coffee absorbs the flavors and aromas of anything around it, so be sure to store it properly.
2. Clean The Brewer
This may seem like an obvious one, but be sure to clean your brewer and carafe regularly. As I said, coffee takes in the flavors around it, so if you have old coffee or other substances on your coffee brewer, your coffee won’t taste quite right.
3. Double those Beans
When you add ice to your freshly brewed cup, it starts to melt and dilutes the coffee. To keep that rich coffee taste, you should brew your iced coffee with twice the amount of coffee grinds you use for hot coffee.
4. Add the Ice
Once you have brewed your extra strong coffee, take the pot or cup off the burner and add enough ice to double your iced coffee’s volume for deliciously cool results.
5. Drink it Up
Now all you have to do is take a sip. If you have any iced coffee left over, it is okay to store it in the fridge, as long as it is in an airtight container. Left unrefrigerated, iced coffee is good for about eight hours after brewing.