Perfect Iced Coffee (Cold Brewed Method)
With summer days quickly getting hotter in Guatemala, I wanted to find a cold beverage to treat myself and Mariano on our weekday afternoons. What better way to get us through our busy schedules than caffeine! I searched for recipes and I ended up taking ideas from two I found. To get the best flavor you should use the cold brewing method. The difference between using cold brewed coffee and simply letting regular brewed coffee cool down and then just add ice and milk is huge. As Deb from Smitten Kitchen describes it “The coffee is less bitter, harbors no acidity and all of those background flavors–chocolate, a dark caramelization and even slight smokiness–come through.”
Guatemalans pride ourselves for our excellent coffee, for this brew I used a mixture of equal parts of Huehuetenango and Antigua which I blend at home. ( I added links so those of you who would like to learn about these coffee blends can do so).
Now, about the recipe itself, I know I won’t be spending money buying iced coffee at coffee shops anymore! This is delicious! The recipe has lasted me for 2 weeks and counting. You do get quite a lot of servings out of it, depending on the size of the glass you use and how much ice you put into them, of course. You can adjust it to your own liking, maybe add a little vanilla or almond extract? Perhaps a splash of Frangelico?
Perfect Iced Coffee (cold brewed method)
Recipe Adapted from Pioneer Woman and Smitten Kitchen
Yields: 500 ml of coffee concentrate,
about 12 servings of iced coffee beverage
2/3 cup ground coffee
3 cups water
Splash of Milk
Sweetened Condensed Milk (2-3 Tablespoons Per Serving)
- In a large bowl, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.
- Line a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.
- Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed.
- To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 1/2 or 2/3 full with coffee liquid. Add a splash of milk. Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.
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