Summer is the time we tend to switch over from hot coffee to chilled coffee. We can still get our caffeine fix but in another way. Ice coffee is cool, refreshing and delicious. It is also easy to make. Making ice coffee which reaches is full potential takes time. The quickest way to make it is to brew strong coffee and pour it over ice cubes which are made of frozen coffee, and that takes just a few minutes, but doing it that way tends to yield a more acidic result. Pouring hot coffee over regular ice cubes just waters it down so if you only have regular ice then make the coffee extra-strong to make up for it.
Brewing it cold is an alternative and you will find it taste very different indeed. Hot-brewed coffee is more acidic and tastier, but it is harder to store of course. Cold-brewed coffee loses the low and high notes you get in hot-brewed coffee but the acidity level is lower, and that is what gives it a smoother flavor. You can also keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. You might be surprised the following recipe tells you to brew it for 24 to 48 hours, but seriously – just try it! The flavor is so incredibly smooth and you will definitely want to make this again.
What You Will Need
You will need a darker roast coffee for the best result. Brazilian or Sumatran coffee would work perfectly here. Your water should be filtered for the best result. The difference between coffee made with unfiltered water and coffee made with filtered water is clear, so filter it for a better taste. Spices work beautifully in this recipe, although they are optional, so if you prefer not to use them that is fine. If you want to mix the grinds with spices, take your pick from any of your favorites. Cinnamon or nutmeg work well, but ginger is especially fantastic. Coconut is another possibility.
We are using a French press for the following recipe, because it is the simplest way to make the coffee. If you do not have a French press, you can simply use a jar to cold-brew the coffee and then pour the finished coffee through a filter to serve it. Serve the coffee over regular ice cubes or ones made from frozen coffee. This recipe makes enough for 2 large servings or 4 smaller ones, but it is easy enough to double or triple. One glass of this simply will not be enough. You will definitely want a top-up after sampling this smooth and tasty ice coffee.
You can buy cold-brewed coffee premade at Trader Joe’s and similar stores, but making it yourself is really easy and you can decide which type of coffee to use and also experiment with different spices to get a different flavor every time you make it. If you want to enjoy this every day, just always make sure you make it a day ahead and keep that French press in your refrigerator so you can grab some delicious, refreshing and super-smooth, cold-brewed ice coffee whenever you want some.
- ⅓ cup heavy-bodied coffee beans
- 1½ cups cold, filtered water
- Spices, to taste (optional)
- Coarse-grind the coffee for a French press.
- Fill the press with water and the ground coffee beans.
- Add spices if you wish to use them.
- Do not push the plunger down.
- Put it in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours, but a minimum of 12 hours.
- Press the plunger down and serve your coffee over ice.
- Add sugar or sweetener, and milk or cream to serve, if desired.
Ice coffee is a refreshing summer beverage which is simple to make. If a smooth flavor is important to you, consider cold-brewing your coffee. This takes longer than hot-brewing it but the results are worth the wait. Coffee beans are ground coarsely and then they blend with filtered water in a French press. Add spices like ginger or cinnamon if you wish. Let this mixture sit overnight in the refrigerator and then serve over ice for the smoothest ice coffee you ever tasted. Add cream and sugar if you wish, and enjoy every sip of this heavenly beverage.
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