My parents recently bought their first Keurig® brewer as a show of support for when I became a genuine Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. employee. In contrast to their 27-year-old drip maker, the Keurig® brewer was clean, fast, and – most important for my mother who panics when she has to use an ATM – easy to use. She called me the other day to let me know how nice it was that she no longer had to choke down my father’s “Hair on Your Chest” coffee and that she could enjoy what he calls her “Fru-fru Flavored” brews.
In that moment, I decided she was ready for the next level in K-Cup® pack satisfaction.
Me: You know, Mom, you can also make cold drinks from the brewer. Iced tea and lemonade, n’stuff.
Mom: Oh, no, I didn’t realize that. I don’t drink iced tea anymore (Estelle thought it could lead to kidney stones), but lemonade would be nice.
Me: Yeah, it’s actually just the same process as brewing hot drinks.
Mom: I didn’t see a cold button on the machine. Where is that?
Me: There isn’t one. You’re still brewing hot, but you do it over ice in a glass…well, not in a glass. Don’t use glass.
Mom: How come?
Me: Remember that time I tried to cool a pot of hot soup by putting it on the glass shelf in the refrigerator?
Mom: That was a mess.
Me: Yeah. So use a plastic tumbler. Just fill it with ice and brew like you would a regular cup of coffee.
Mom: I could make an iced coffee!
Me: For sure. Except, you’re supposed to use special Brew Over Ice K-Cup® packs. They’re more concentrated so the melting ice doesn’t dilute the flavor too much.
Mom: Wow, Amy, you sure know your stuff. Of all my children, you are clearly the smartest.
OK, I may have embellished that last part, but the soup disaster is totally true. The cool part is that my mom gets to show off to all her friends how Keurig®-savvy she is.
And now, you can, too!