11 Jul 2013 | Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
summer is brewing

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?

11 Jul 2013

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