It’s the summer of 2020, most of us are still stuck at home because of the lockdown. A lot of us are taking up new projects or hobbies to try out. Some of you are trying out sourdough, working out more, planting, etc. Well, why don’t we add something to that list — making cold brew coffee. Let’s face it, it’s just way too hot to be having “hot coffee” right now. Cold brew is the perfect drink to make for the summer, and to make things even better, adding a scoop of ice cream. I mean, who needs milk in their coffee when you can get ice cream. You can get both your caffeine and sugar kick for the day!
Now, don’t get this mistaken for iced coffee, they are not the same thing. Yes, there is actually a difference. Cold brew is never heated, it sits in room temp water for 12 hours. Meanwhile, iced coffee is just hot coffee that is cooled down. And this can definitely affect the way the coffee tastes. For example, cold brew is less acidic and can actually taste sweeter than iced coffee. Because the cold brew takes a long time to brew, it has a lower acidity level. Which makes this easier and smoother to drink, compared to hot coffee which has a slightly bitter taste.
I usually don’t drink black coffee, but I can actually drink cold brew without any added sugar or milk! But, keep in mind that this is a concentrate, so drinking a whole cup might not be the best. How I like to drink this is I fill my glass with ice, then fill it halfway with the cold brew concentrate, and the rest with water. Then, if I’m feeling extra fancy, I would add a scoop of vanilla ice cream! If black coffee isn’t your jam, you can totally add some non-dairy milk for a delicious iced latte!
I suggest buying whole bean coffee and freshly grinding them up yourself at home. However, I know most people won’t have a coffee grinder at home, so you can take your bag of beans to any coffee shop and ask them to grind it for you. For cold brew, you want coarsely-ground coffee. Anything finer, and you can risk over steeping your coffee, which can end up being too bitter to drink. I personally have a burr grinder and a hand grinder, which you can check out here:
If you found this recipe easy and fun to make, let me know in the comments! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag me in your photo @flouredframe!
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