Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew Coffee

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Cold Brew Coffee

The principle behind cold brew is that cold water has less energy to extract flavour from the grounds and so it needs longer to do its thing. The coffee needs to be immersed in the water for a while, so this only really works with cafetieres or in the Mizudashi Coffee Pot by Hario. The main thing to remember is that it needs to be left to brew in the fridge for at least 12 hours, so preparation is everything.

Cold Brew Cafetiere for summer

HOW: Brew your coffee as you usually would but using room temperature water. You’re going to need a ratio of 7:1 of water to coffee, so for a litre of water you’ll need around 140g of coffee. Stir it up before popping it in the fridge to brew. Then decant and enjoy. Again milk can be added if you fancy something creamy, and if you’re after a bit of sweetness you can mix in some sugar syrup (sugar dissolved in hot water) or agave syrup.

HOW LONG: Anything between 12 and 36 hours.

RESULTS: This produces a crystal clear, refreshing cup with delicate flavours that are different to those you’ll notice from a regular brew, but truly lovely in their own way. Another advantage is that cold brew coffee keeps for several days in an airtight container, so if you’re looking at a long hot week you can make a litre on Monday and feel pretty refreshed and pleased with yourself right up to the weekend.

Cold brew coffee cafetiere

Iced Coffee

A few cubes of ice offer a speedy and versatile way to make your regular coffee a whole lot more refreshing.

Iced Coffee Summer Refreshment

HOW: When making your coffee, simply use half the water you usually would. This applies to cafetieres, aeropresses and drip filters. Alternatively you can use an espresso from your machine. The other half of the water will come in the form of ice in your glass. Adding milk and sugar is optional depending on what you’re in the mood for.

Lazy Sunday Iced Coffee cropped

HOW LONG: Around 3 minutes.

RESULTS: This method can be pretty variable in terms of the flavours it produces, so if you’re keen on a consistent cup then maybe keep reading. However, it’s super quick and super refreshing.

What to brew?

It’s easy – you just need to choose a coffee to suit your taste. If you like your chilled coffee sweet and creamy then the nutty chocolatey notes of our Planalto should work really well for you.

Conversely, if you prefer to leave milk out of the equation and fancy something purer, then we’d recommend a fruity, juicy coffee like the Finca Buenos Aires that’s often on our Coffee Menu at the moment.

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