Summer is Brewing!
By Raed, our resident barista at Aspen by Kempinski
“Good times with good friends make good coffee. “
Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a chilled version of your favorite hot beverage.
Cold brew coffee is very popular in the Middle East. It makes a smooth, non-bitter coffee that is perfect for iced coffee and our warm climate here in the UAE.
Cold-drip or cold brewed coffee is also surprisingly easy to make: you leave coffee in water for a few hours, strain it, and you then have a coffee concentrate that will last at least a week.
Here’s why I like a cold cuppa:
- It is simple and easy to prepare
- It is 67% less acidic so easy on the stomach, which many people appreciate
- There is less caffeine per cup when cold brewed
- It is less bitter, giving it a smooth flavour
- The cold-brew method allows for a different flavour profile to appear. Without as much bitterness, the fruity, chocolate, vanilla or other undertones are allowed to shine.
So, even if you like a good cup of drip coffee, cold brewed coffee can give you a wonderful variation.
Here’s how you can make the perfect iced coffee at home. I like a strong coffee so I mix 1 1/2 cup of coarsely ground coffee, dark roast, with two quarts of water, give it a good stir and let it brew for six hours. You then need to separate the ground from the water by using a strainer and coffee filter (two paper towels works well too). Pour the mixture in to another container and your coffee is ready; just add milk and/or sugar to suit your taste.
There are a couple of things to remember when making the perfect iced coffee:
- The quality of the coffee you are using and it has to be coarsely to ensure quality and taste
- The amount of coffee
- The brewing time
The amount of coffee to water can be tweaked to preference. A good rule of thumb is 1/3 cup of ground coffee to 1 cup of water. I make batches of 4 cups, but you can certainly make less or a lot more by using the same ratio.
What is your favourite coffee drink? How do you make your perfect cuppa?