A hot cup of coffee goes down a treat, but when the weather’s sticky and you’re feeling thirsty, sometimes the iced variety is the only option worth considering. Here are five tips for making homemade iced coffee.
Use real coffee
It might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at the amount of cafés and restaurants who don’t actually use espresso in their iced coffee recipe. As a result, you’re likely to produce a more authentic (and better tasting) iced coffee at home, regardless of what beans you use. With that being said, good iced coffee starts with good coffee. It certainly pays to source quality produce from a reputable supplier. Oh, and you can forget the artificial coffee flavoured syrups and powders. For a genuine iced coffee that you can be proud of, it’s really simple …
Keep it simple
It’s easy to get carried away with flavour add-ons like syrups and powders (as mentioned above), but this isn’t an article on ‘how to make the world’s best milkshake.’ Regardless of what you put into your mix, remember: coffee is the star. A little bit of cream never hurt anyone – it actually adds a little decadence to proceedings, but you want that big, bold, beautiful bean bang to really shine through. Keep that in mind, and you’re guaranteed to create a top-shelf iced coffee from the comfort of your very own home!
Are you put off by the naturally occurring bitterness of roasted coffee beans? Cold-soaking them overnight can reduce the bitterness significantly. This is why a good homemade iced coffee can be enjoyed by those who wouldn’t normally consume a mug of the hot variety.
To make the drink, coarse grind the beans of your choice (Di Bella Coffee beans, for instance) and combine with water in a large container. Let it sit in the fridge (also overnight), before filtering and adding milk. Sweeteners are optional. It’s that easy!
Make it strong
As you’d expect, the coffee will be quickly diluted by the ice in your recipe. That’s why it’s important that you brew your brain juice accordingly. Try using a concentrate to maximise the flavour of your iced coffee. The stronger the better.
Do as the Japanese do
When you don’t have time to “plan ahead”, the Japanese method of preparing iced coffee is the best way to go. This involves making a regular pour-over cup of coffee, but replacing half of the water with ice (straight into the brewing vessel). The ice quickly melts during the brewing process and you’re left with a smooth, consistent iced coffee that will satisfy even the most ardent of coffee snobs – should they happen to pay you a visit, of course.
Homemade iced coffee offers not only a cheaper solution, but a tastier one as well – particularly if you follow the tips mentioned above!
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