Most coffee lovers would agree that iced coffee is in a class all by itself. There’s nothing quite like a nice, rich and delicious iced coffee. It is a delight for the eyes, and even more so for the taste buds. Just for the sake of clarity, keep in mind that iced coffee is not as simple as just pouring some hot coffee over ice cubes. Not only does this dilute the coffee, but it can add an element of bitterness to the flavor that is not pleasant at all.
Genuine, real-deal iced coffee is always cold brewed, which may sound complicated, but please rest assured that it’s not a big deal. Not only is cold brewing a remarkably simple technique to perform, but it also carries the added benefit of reducing the amount of acidity that naturally occurs in the coffee, which makes for a sweeter taste and a more complex flavor profile.
Iced coffee is the perfect drink for those of us who love to get our caffeine fix, but we may not always thrill to the idea of drinking a hot drink, especially during the warm weather seasons. So how exactly do you go about making this delectable beverage? Below is a simple, hassle-free guide that will teach you how to make iced coffee like a pro.
It All Starts With Cold Brewing
The cold brewing process is what gives iced coffee its distinctive flavor. The “magic” behind cold brewing is the fact that the coffee has to sit and sleep overnight, which really maximizes the flavor output of the coffee grinds. Now which coffee grinds you decide to use is up to you, but we highly recommend Arabica beans, as they offer a delicate yet robust combination of flavors that quite simply make your coffee sing. In addition, your coffee will be much better if you do your own grinding with your Bröyêur burr grinder versus buying the coffee pre-ground from the store. This is not a knock against any die-hard fans of pre-ground coffee, and there are definitely cases where time constraints are more of a concern, so if you must go the pre-ground route, you have not sinned. But, if your schedule and budget allow for it, choose to manually grind your own coffee beans with Bröyêur, and go for Arabica beans when you do.
6 Steps To Make The Best Cold Brewed Iced Coffee
You’re about to learn the secrets that top coffee shops use to make their iced coffee so smooth, rich and robust. As you will see, it’s actually a very simple process, and by doing it at home you can reap the benefits of saving yourself some money, plus you can finish off your coffee however you’d like (whipped cream, anyone?).
The best coffee beans to use for this purpose will be medium roast, as they are only moderately acidic, and they have been roasted long enough to begin caramelizing, which adds a note of sweetness to their flavor. If you choose dark roast beans, you will end up with a sharper, more acidic taste, which may or may not be to your liking. Everyone’s taste buds are different, so do your best to select the type of roast that will make your own palate happy.
Grind one-third of a cup of coffee beans with your Bröyêur hand grinder until they are finely ground. This will ensure that they will infuse properly, and will give the final product a smoother taste.
In a small pitcher, combine the coffee grounds along with 1 1/2 cups of cold water and whisk gently but thoroughly. Whisk until all of the lumps in the mixture are completely gone.
Cover the pitcher tightly and stick it in the refrigerator. If you really want to do this right, you’re going to have to let it sit overnight; that’s when all of the flavors will really get a chance to be released. Allowing your coffee to steep overnight will also eliminate many of the bitter or sharp flavor notes you might get when hot brewing coffee. The maximum cold brewing time should be somewhere around 12 hours; if you let it sit longer than that, you run the risk of having your mixture turn a little too bitter.
Now it’s time to strain the coffee. You will need a sieve or mesh strainer lined with a filter or cheesecloth in order to properly strain the mixture and keep any granules from accidentally getting into your coffee. Make sure that you have a nice tall glass of ice set in place to pour the coffee into. Now pour the coffee through the sieve, separating the grounds from the liquid.
Alright, you now have a nice, cold, sweet, undiluted, full-bodied, and delicious glass of iced coffee ready for consumption!
Some Final Notes
- Once you have concocted your delectable brew, you can add some extra flavors to it if you so choose. You can try a variety of ingredients such as caramel, whipped cream, sea salt, cinnamon, fudge, or chocolate sauce. Talk about a way to finish off the perfect drink!
- Feel free to double, triple or even quadruple this recipe (in the appropriate proportions, of course) so that you can have more on hand for when the iced coffee starts calling your name again. The good news is that once the coffee has been strained, it can keep for about 48 hours in the fridge.
- If one day you feel like plain iced coffee just isn’t doing the trick, you can always add a tablespoon or two of sweetened condensed milk to the mix to give it a little more of a creamy texture. Another option is to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and top with chocolate shavings for a quasi-ice cream float. As you can see, the possibilities for this drink are virtually endless!
So now you have all the information you need to make an awesome glass of iced coffee. This beats the heck out of having to drive to the local coffee shop just to get your fix. Using the steps listed above, you can enjoy a delicious homemade iced coffee any time you see fit!