The continuous growth of iced coffee is inevitable. In the summertime when it gets very hot, drinking an iced coffee is our respite.
About 22% of the population drink iced coffee every day. The data reveals a simple truth: many people love their iced coffee. Despite its popularity among coffee drinkers, there has never been more confusion surrounding a beverage. Cold-brew, cold press, slow, drip, flash chilled, and the list goes on. With its many varieties, many get confused about which is which.
Let us take a closer look at iced coffee drinks. Check out its ingredients, its different variations, and most importantly, how to make one in a professional setting or even at home.
Iced coffee is a milky coffee served cold. Iced coffee is prepared either by the traditional brewing process or with instant coffee, then served over ice or chilled milk.
So, how does a barista make the perfect iced coffee?
Below are three different yet easy methods to make an iced coffee.
The Japanese method of making ice coffee using heat is gaining popularity all over the world. Brewing coffee with heat over ice is the best way to extract the vivid flavor and aromatics of the coffee. This method typically subtracts the weight of the ice from the water used for brewing. The way you do a cold brew will be up to you. You can brew the coffee in the most common devices such as Chemex, Hario V60, Melitta, and more. When making one, be sure to set the dripper over a vessel with a perfect size. That way, it can contain your ice and coffee in one vessel.
The Japanese method rapidly chills the coffee to preserve its acidity. Here is how you do it.
Cold brew, otherwise known as cold drip or cold press is a method of brewing coffee with cold or room-temperature water. It is processed without heat. Instead, it is made by infusing ground coffee in cool, filtered water for hours at a time. The result is naturally sweeter and smoother than any other coffee drink.
The benefit of cold brew is that it has less acidity than hot brewed coffee. It also saves you time in the morning when you need a quick coffee fix. You can brew it in bulk, store it in the fridge, grab it, and you are ready to go. The downside of it is that it needs to brew overnight and it has a lower yield, which means it costs more.
The real difference between this brewing method and others is the water temperature at which the extraction of coffee takes place. While regular brewing methods use near-boiling temperatures to extract coffee, the cold brewing method is different. It exchanges time for temperature and can range from 4 to 20 hours depending on the method to make a full batch of cold brew.
The results can be drastically different depending on the number of ingredients and how long you brew it. It is important to know the difference so you can create your perfect cold brew.