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.

Toowoomba Cafe Review: Firefly

Toowoomba may be able to claim, per capita, to be the best coffee destination in Australia. I’ll know after my next visit, when I’ll check out a new specialty roaster I noticed yesterday. But what started as a movement with the Angel Cafe, which boasts Australia’s first Synesso, and began to come of age with Findos, the shopfront of Sleepless City Roasters, is now a bit of a coffee haven. Firefly rightly takes its place in this increasingly diverse scene.

Firefly serves up a couple of blends from Supreme Roasters, and a couple of single origins are on offer through the cold drip.

My double shot flat white was packed with body, and on the first sip smacked my mouth around. It mellowed a little bit towards the middle of the cup, and my wife, who’d already had her morning coffee, took a sip and declared it “good.” I’d say it was like a strong and pretty rich dark chocolate.

Breakfast was very tasty. Especially the haloumi on my Firefly Feast.

I went back for another coffee. A single shot flat white this time. And it was superb. So silky and sweet, I thought maple syrup, but I had that on the mind because of what I’d ordered to follow. It was on the Miss Katy blend, the first was on what I think was called the Southern Blend. I probably wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have been.

The Cold Drip with maple syrup on the side was just sensational and refreshing. Better with the maple syrup than without. I drizzled it over the ice before I poured the coffee into the glass. Winner.

This was a worthy stop, but I was glad to check in at Findos for a flat white before heading down the range.

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