Ice hot: the key to brewing tasty iced coffee

Cold Drip kind of fascinates me in an “I don’t actually enjoy the flavour like I enjoy every other brew method” kind of way. I’ve had several cold drips now ranging from palatable to mildly enjoyable. I just don’t get the fuss. And this might be why – coffee is made to be brewed hot. So if you want good iced coffee. Brewed. Here’s a nifty trick. Brew onto a bed of ice (though from what I remember of high school science this has the potential to smash glass if not carefully managed). But also. Factor the ice into your brew ratio. It’s clever stuff from the Counter Coffee mob. Here’s the thinking behind it. And here’s the beaut video.

How to Make Japanese Iced Coffee from Counter Culture Coffee on Vimeo.

And another…

How to use a Pourover Coffee Brewer – Pourover Basics from Counter Culture Coffee on Vimeo.

How I make Iced Coffee

Thanks to the wonders of Instagram I have documented my approach to making what I think is pretty good iced coffee. Not really the sort you’ll get in a cafe (I don’t use ice cream or cream – though you could add those). I used the syphon today because I wanted it to be a little bit fancy, and it takes a bit of the bitter edge off.

So here you go. A photo essay of my Iced Coffee approach.

I’ve taken to weighing my coffee lately – just to be that little more precise. I’ve got three extra grams in here.

I had a little issue here because I spilled some water on the syphon gas burner. Don’t do that. I had to take it apart to dry it out so that the gas could flow freely.

Thanks to the Intelligentsia tutorial I posted the other day – I’ve started boiling the water for use in my syphon before I crank up the burner.

I pretty much followed that tutorial step by step (though I don’t think my filter fits in quite as snuggly as the one on the video).

At this point – when the coffee is made – I mixed in two soup spoons full of castor sugar for additional sweetness.

I put the ice in some glasses. I used these fancy wine glasses because they’re actually pretty massive.

I’ve frozen some shots of coffee to use coffee ice for my next batch, but in this one it was standard ice.

Finally, I filled the glasses with milk. Delicious.

If you don’t have a syphon you can use plunger, stovetop, or standard espresso as the base – I would add a little more sugar to stovetop or espresso – because I think Iced Coffee is meant to be sweet, and the thicker nature of these drinks means they pack a little more punch. I got some good results using the Aeropress the other day. And substituting brown sugar for castor sugar also produced some interesting results.

I was using Five Senses coffee beans. Which I am going to review more substantially tomorrow.

Want better ice coffee? Use coffee ice cubes

So it’s summer. Which means iced coffee. Which doesn’t necessarily mean Ice Break. You can make your own at home. And it’ll probably be better.

But one of the perils of home made iced coffee is that the ice, as it melts, waters down your coffee. You can avoid that by freezing some coffee. Coffee ice cubes. That’s the key to better iced coffee. And the best coffee ice cubes come in the form of frozen coffee beans. They’ll even look like super sized coffee beans.

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