The seasons are changing. The weather is warming up. It’s about that time of year to switch from drinking hot coffee to iced.
With everything that’s going on, we want to help you make your favorite iced drinks from the comfort of your own home.
So, this article provides step-by-step instructions on how to make cold brew and iced coffee.
There are a variety of ways and methods to make cold brew and iced coffee at home, but this article will highlight one of our barista’s recommendations.
Cold brew typically is a stronger, bolder coffee. It’s also a lot smoother, less acidic, and more caffeinated.
Here are a few easy steps to get you started:
Obtain a sealable container or pitcher. A large mason jar (32 oz. or larger) works great, but any other pitcher works just fine, too.
A standard ratio to follow is 3 cups of water to 1 cup of ground coffee beans.
Grind your coffee beans. For cold brew, you want your beans to be extra coarse (see our grind guide).
Pour your ground beans into your pitcher/container.
Stir in water.
Seal your container and let the mixture sit for 12-24 hours at room temperature.
After 12-24 hours, filter the concentrate by using a coffee filter and strainer.
**Note: the longer you let the beans sit in the water, the stronger the concentrate will be. If the concentrate is too strong, you can dilute it a little by adding some water.
After you’ve strained the concentrate, keep it refrigerated.
Cold brew is best served over ice, and pairs well with a splash of milk or sweet cream. However, the flavor possibilities are endless. Add as much or as little sweetener as you’d like. Make the drink your own!
Iced coffee is typically going to taste a little weaker than cold brew. It does not have as bold of flavors. However, that doesn’t make it any less delicious.
The process to make iced coffee looks a little different than cold brew. In many aspects, the process to make iced coffee is faster and simpler.
Here are some tips to make a quality cup of iced coffee:
Start with medium ground coffee beans (most pre-ground bags of coffee come this way).
The standard coffee to water ratio is typically one to two tablespoons of coffee per every six ounces of water. However, when making iced coffee, you want to brew a stronger cup of coffee, for when it is poured over ice, it will be diluted.
Double your ratio or cut it in half, depending on how much coffee you want to make (ex: three to four tablespoons per every six ounces OR two tablespoons of coffee for every three ounces).
Brew the coffee in whatever pot you have.
Let the coffee cool a little, then serve over ice.
**Note: you can always store the coffee in a pitcher in the refrigerator for later.
Like cold brew, you can make your cup of iced coffee however you’d like.
Craving something sweet? Add a little vanilla and milk. There are so many different combinations to try, so get creative.
We hope this guide will help get you started, and as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to hear from you.
Lastly, we have a variety of KLLR coffee beans to chose from, including a cold brew blended bean roast. You can purchase from our stock of beans here.