Although summer may be almost over the trend of ice coffees are not. When coffee is steeped the result is a smoother and less acidic pick me up, which is one reason why iced coffee is so popular. The following imaginative ice coffee methods can easily be replicated at home.
Despite what many would believe, a cold brew is more than just pouring hot coffee over ice. The cold brew is best done by slowly steeping coffee beans overnight. Firstly, you will need to grind the coffee beans coarsely (if your beans are too fine the drink will be bitter).
Jamie Oliver suggests a 1:8 ratio between coffee and water. Place the coffee beans at the bottom of a large jar and fill with cold filtered water. Stir the contents and leave to brew on the bench for 12 to 24 hours.
The next day pour the mix through a fine-mesh sieve to filter. Dilute the concentration with water (1:1 ratio) and add the desired amount of milk. Pour over ice. The concentrate will keep in the fridge for approximately one week. Once the mix has been diluted the coffee will only last a couple of days.
When making your cold brew experiment with different types of milk and find a taste you love. Instead of diluting the concentrate with water, try mixing in coconut water for an almost chocolate-like taste. Different milk you can try includes almond, coconut, or macadamia.
For a Vietnamese twist, top up your cold brew with sweetened condensed milk. Another twist includes Taiwanese bubble tea, created by adding in tapioca balls to your brew.
If you aren’t a fan of the dilution from pouring your brew over ice, freeze the cold brew in trays. Use these coffee cubes to chill your drink.
You can use this method to create a skinny version of a caramel frappuccino. Freeze almond milk in ice cube trays and then add them to a blender with your cold brew. Drizzle with caramel syrup before serving.
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