During Summer, which is the season that is accompanied by high temperatures, it is not quite pleasant to have a hot coffee. Just the idea behind boiling that water makes you sweat. I bet just by reading it made you feel uncomfortable, well read on to discover how to make a delicious cold brew coffee at home.
Known in English as cold brew coffee, this coffee is unique in the fact that it does not require heat while making since it is an infusion process, it has only been left in contact with water for the necessary time (usually between 12 and 24 hours) so that it retains the aromas and flavors of the coffee of a lifetime. Sounds great, doesn't it?
How to make iced coffee? What's so special about this delightful iced drink? Iced coffee has got to be one of the most mouthwatering coffee drinks I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying.
I'm sure it makes you salivate just by hearing the word "iced." And I'm sure it makes you want to try as many different recipes as possible for iced coffee. I've even tried some pretty extraordinary iced coffee recipes - and I hope you have too. The first thing you need to know when learning how to make iced coffee is that you don't need a super-sophisticated or expensive kitchen to prepare it.
It's OK if you live in a modest apartment or a tin hut - or even a basement, if you really can afford it! All you need is a simple appliance with a freezer, an ice cube maker, a cold brew coffee maker, a press - or a combination of all three. You don't need anything fancy. Just make sure that whatever appliance you choose has the three ingredients mentioned above. Now you have your favorite coffee blend, a bottle of ice cream (I prefer flavored since I love iced coffee), and two tablespoons of granulated white sugar. Put everything in the freezer and leave it until it's all frozen; then, you just need to stir the contents and pour it over the coffee.
Stir again and then pour some of that leftover ice cream over the coffee - if you want to add some more of the things you put in there, such as milk and cream or sugar. It should be thick and creamy - not too thick and not too thin. Of course, you'll need a glass and some ice. Put some milk in the fridge and stir in the two sugars. Pour the coffee over the milk and then pour the rest of the stuff into the refrigerator so that it doesn't solidify. Put the glass into the fridge and gently swirl it around - the coffee should bubble rather than crystallize.
One more tip for making iced coffee in the summer - never use store-bought ice. Why? Because store-bought ice cubes are generally made from tap water. Once those ice cubes melt, they become carbonated water, and then it's harder to control the temperature of the coffee when making iced coffee. What you want to do is make your fresh ice cubes using filtered water and filtered ice. That way, you'll get an iced coffee with the exact consistency as coffee bought in the store, without the added water. Of course, to taste the espresso, you'll need a coffee bean. Espresso beans go through a lot of processes to turn them into flavourful coffee. When brewing a cup of espresso, always brew small amounts at a time. If you keep the amount of coffee you brew too large, you'll end up with robust and bitter-tasting coffee that won't taste like espresso at all.
Use a fine-mesh coffee filter to remove the grounds from your coffee. You'll also need a clean glass or ceramic bowl to brew the coffee. Put the coffee pot in the middle of the plate and fill it with warm water. Place a strainer on the top of the coffee pot so that the coffee remains suspended. Next, put a sugar/evaporation mister in the bottom of the glass. Next, place a couple of tea bags (tea can be expensive, so this is a cheap alternative) in the mesh filter. Place the filter in the middle of the plate and tie the bags around the mesh, so they don't get tangled up. Pour your water over the coffee and strain out the clear water. The coffee should look foamy and look like it has sediment in it when it is brewed. Place the glass over the pot and serve! Also, you can be creative with serving your coffee, and you may even add a little fun to it.
Adding some flavors such as cinnamon, caramel, or gingerbread syrup is a fun idea, mostly if you were a fan of sweet flavors. Suppose you have chosen to use a jar. In that case, you will have to filter the mixture of coffee and water already rested by placing a previously rinsed paper filter over a strainer, thus avoiding the coffee grounds from falling. It is advisable to keep the coffee concentrate in the refrigerator for a maximum of two to three weeks. If you prefer to keep it diluted with water so that it is ready to drink, it will last for a week. Cold-brewed coffee vs. iced coffee As you know, the traditional coffee preparation method uses hot water to extract the flavor of the ground coffee. If the infusion process is not done correctly, the coffee can leave an acid or bitter aftertaste in our mouth when mixed with ice, which we usually neutralize by adding milk and sugar. In addition, if the ice we use is of low quality and melts quickly, it can become excessively watery. Cold brewed coffee has the advantage of being made at room temperature. The infusion process takes much longer (12 to 24 hours), but the final result is a less acidic coffee that better preserves the coffee's natural flavors. And without sweating in the kitchen!