I love my large capacity coffee maker. It makes deliciously hot coffee, the best coffee I have ever had. Who knew that some people might consider that coffee to be too hot? Certainly, not me! So, being a good host, I felt compelled figure out how to cool down super hot coffee quickly, for my guests who want it cooler, while keeping it piping hot for the rest. You may be surprised – as I was – to hear this amazingly simple solution.
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Whenever we have a large family gathering, I use that big coffee pot and our coffee-loving guests always go for more. So, you can imagine how surprised I was when my sister told me that several of them think that the coffee is too hot. It was the first I had ever heard about it.
I like my coffee hot, so I have no desire to turn the coffee maker off to let it cool after brewing. How was I to I solve this dilemma for all of us? My brilliant friend, Stephanie, had the perfect answer. She said “make coffee ice cubes.“ Wow. What a great idea! I can have them sitting in a pretty bowl by the coffee maker and anyone who wants a cooler cup, without diminishing its strength, can pop a delicious coffee ice cube into their coffee mug!
Before recommending it to anyone else, though, I decided to make some to be sure that the coffee will turn into ice. Of course, it does. What I had not anticipated was the amazing coffee aroma from coffee ice cubes! It smells even better than the coffee did when it was first brewed.
Personally, I won’t be using an ice cube of any kind in my coffee (I love mine hot, as I said before) but I just may make iced coffee for myself so that I can use them. They are perfect for hot coffee and for cold.
How To Make Coffee Ice Cubes
Brew some coffee in your regular coffee maker and allow it to cool.*
Pour the coffee into an ice cube tray.
Pop it into the freezer for 2 or more hours.**
*Tip: try to make the coffee for the ice cubes similar in strength to the very hot coffee that will be prepared in your big coffee pot.
**Time may vary depending on the freezer.
So, you can now provide coffee ice cubes for each guest to put in their super hot coffee to cool it or you can even use those coffee ice cubes for cold iced coffee beverages! This is my kind of win-win as I do NOT want to give up the wonderfulness of the hot coffee that my large capacity coffee urn produces. It is perfect.
A fun-feature of coffee ice cubes – besides the lovely rich coffee scent – is that they are pretty! I wouldn’t have expected it but they catch the light and glisten.
Of course, large capacity coffee makers are most often used for parties or in an office setting where you will have many coffee drinkers during the day. My Hamilton Beach 45 cups large capacity coffee maker brews quickly, considering the volume of coffee that it is producing. It takes one minute per cup; so, if you are making a full pot of 45 cups, you will want to plug it in 45 minutes prior to when you want it to be ready. You can make smaller pots of coffee with it, which will reduce the brewing time accordingly.
How do you like your coffee?