Is Cold Brew Coffee Better for You-Insights
With the heat of summer, there is nothing more refreshing than a cup of iced coffee. Sadly, iced coffee can be easy to make bitter if you brew it improperly or use low-quality beans. There are two schools of thought on how to make delicious iced coffee: brewing it hot over ice or brewing it cold from the start. Before we begin, remember: with any iced coffee, you want to start with high quality beans-the more complex the better-and quality filtered water. If possible, fresh-grind your beans just before brewing them to get their maximum flavor.
Brew It Hot
The basic idea behind brewing hot-to-cold iced coffee is to start with a hot double strength coffee concentrate and dilute it over ice to instantly cool it. While this may seem like an easy “brew coffee, pour over ice” method, it’s a little more complex than that. For the best cup of hot-to-cold iced coffee, you want science to be on your side. Use a scale to weigh the ice that you’ll use. For one total cup of iced coffee, you’ll want 4 ounces of ice, and scale up from there per cup. check out this guide to learn more.
From there, you’ll want to brew your hot coffee at double strength from what you would normally like. Switch your scale to grams and use around 1.8 grams of your freshly ground beans for every ounce of iced coffee you will want (8 ounces finished means 14.4 grams of coffee, or slightly less than 3 tablespoons if you don’t have a scale). Use the rest of the water you want for the final volume (in our one cup case, 4 ounces) to brew the coffee. If you can, brew the coffee directly over your ice. However, it won’t hurt the final product to take brewed double strength coffee and pour over ice. Sweeten if desired and serve!
Brew It Cold
If you have more time to let your coffee brew before you’ll want to drink it, a cold brewing might yield the results you crave. Use a container like a mason jar or a French press to steep the coffee in. Use slightly more than a 1:6 ratio between ounces of coffee and water. (Example: 2 heaping “ounces” coffee to 12 ounces of water.) Once you have the technique down, feel free to adjust this ratio to your preferences.
Put both the water and the coffee grounds in your chosen container and gently stir or shake until all of the grounds are wet. Let this mixture sit for twelve or more hours either on the counter or in your fridge. This will let the coffee steep without having to use heat, which often can burn the delicate coffee and destroy some of its complex flavors. Once time is up, filter your steeped coffee through cheesecloth or a paper filter into another container. To serve, pour this filtered coffee over ice and sweeten if desired.