Finally, the snow has melted, the leaves have turned green and the sun is beating down on you. You need that coffee kick but its to hot out for coffee right? Wrong! this is why the coffee god have blessed us with Iced Coffee.
Below are some Pro Tips on making awesome iced coffee.
1.) Always start with fresh beans, there is no room for stale beans here. Fresh Coffee beans are the foundation of a great iced coffee. If you’re not frequently brewing iced coffee, consider buying fresh beans in smaller amounts to avoid them going stale.
2.) Like a good chef, always taste test. Cold coffee often has a different flavor profile then hot coffee. To get an idea of what your coffee will taste like cold, let a hot cup of coffee cool to room temperature and sample it. You may need to repeat this to find your perfect brew for iced coffee.
3.) Fresh ice is a must. Believe or not Ice does have a tenancy to go stale after too long in the freezer. If you’re curious if your ice is good enough for great iced coffee, let a few iced cubes melt in a cup and sample the resulting water. If the water is something you would drink by the glassful, and devoid of any odd tastes, you’re in good shape. If not, toss your ice and make fresh cubes, if the fresh cubes still don’t taste right, consider buying bagged ice.
4.) Brew strong coffee. Naturally, the ice in iced coffee will dilute the flavor. So a strong brew is key. Alternatively, you can make iced cubes with coffee to keep your drink chilled and not dilute the flavor.
5.) Try Cold Brew Coffee. Many are starkly against acidity in their cold coffee. Cold brewing greatly reduces the acidity of coffee. Cold brewing can reduce the acidity by one full PH point vs Hot brewing. You can easily cold brew at home, Put 3/4 cup of ground coffee into a mason jar, fill it with water, and stir. Seal the jar and leave in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Strain the resulting cold brew through a coffee filter or screen to remove grinds. This can be used for ice coffee or even reheated for a low acidity cup of hot coffee.
6.) Never used burned coffee. This goes especially for an iced coffee but applies to hot coffee as well. We’ve all reheated that last bit of coffee in the pot and it never tastes that great, well it’s not going to taste good cold either. Fight the temptation to use burned or old coffee, if it doesn’t taste good hot it’s not going to taste good cold either.
7.) Add some pizzazz to your iced coffee. Try adding strawberries, blueberries, cherries or spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon or cardamom to add an extra flavor kick to your iced coffee. Other additions such as peppermint extract can also freshen up the flavor. Never be afraid to experiment with your coffee, at worst, you wont like it, at best you find your new goto flavor combo.
If you’re short on time or available cold coffee. You can use instant coffee in a pinch.
Vanilla Iced Coffee
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cold water
1 1/4 cups milk
Sugar (1-4 teaspoons)
Combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth and frothy. Add a few fresh ice cubes, kick back, and enjoy.