Category: Food

Iced Coffee Recipe

Iced coffee is the perfect drink to enjoy when the weather is warm. It is refreshing, delicious, and will give you a burst of energy to help you get through the day.

In this post, we explain how to make iced coffee a simple yet enjoyable beverage, especially on a hot day.

Did you know…

The largest iced coffee ever brewed was made in Las Vegas in 2010. It was 1,500 gallons of delicious iced coffee (not including ice)!

So what is iced coffee?

Iced coffee was first developed in the 1840s in Algeria when coffee drinkers began enjoying coffee syrup mixed with water in the warmer months. It quickly spread through Europe and by the late 19th Century it was available in most European restaurants.

By the 1920s, the popularity of iced coffee had exploded in both the United States and Europe. Today, iced coffee is one of the best-selling coffee beverages.

There are dozens of variations of iced coffee found in different countries around the world but we’re going to focus on the simplest version.

Ingredients needed

This is an extremely simple recipe for iced coffee that is delicious and easy to make.

  • 200ml strong black coffee
  • 50ml milk
  • Ice
  • Maple syrup (optional)

How to make iced coffee: step-by-step instructions

  • Brew a strong cup of coffee using your favourite brewing method
  • Wait until your coffee is cold, then pour it into a blender with milk and 2-3 handfuls of ice. Add a squirt of maple syrup for sweetness if you wish. Blend until smooth and foamy.
  • Serve in a chilled tall glass. Yum!

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Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Cold brew coffee has dramatically increased in popularity in the past few years. It is a simple way to make coffee which produces a very smooth and sweet brew. Not only is cold brew coffee delicious, but it also contains less acid than a regular cup of coffee, which is useful if you sometimes experience coffee-induced heartburn.

If you want to give cold brew a try, you’ll be happy to learn that making cold brew coffee is easy.

In this post, we share a few of the benefits of cold brew coffee and how to make cold coffee.

Firstly, what is cold brew coffee?

Often confused with iced coffee, cold brew coffee is usually brewed using cold water instead of hot water while the opposite is for iced coffee usually being brewed with hot water.

The finished product for cold brew coffee has a different flavour compared to coffee brewed using hot water as the bean’s chemical profile changes in different ways during the brewing process.

Coffee that is cold brewed tends to be naturally sweeter and smoother than coffee brewed with hot water. That’s because cold brewing doesn’t generate the bitter-tasting compounds that are created when ground coffee is heated.

Why do people drink cold brew coffee?

There are many reasons as to why this cold beverage is growing in popularity, here are a few reasons:

Cold brew coffee is easy to make

It only takes a few minutes to prepare a large batch of cold brew coffee. Once you have a bottle of cold brew in your refrigerator, you can pour yourself a glass in seconds. You won’t have to spend hours perfecting your coffee making technique as you might when working with an espresso machine!

Cold brew coffee is less acidic

As mentioned earlier, cold brew coffee is less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee. This is handy if you suffer from heartburn or you are trying to reduce the number of acidic foods that you ingest.

Cold brew coffee has a smoother flavour

The first thing you will notice when drinking cold-brewed coffee is how smooth it tastes. It’s smoother because cold brew doesn’t heat the coffee bean, which can cause the release of several bitter-tasting compounds including bitter oils, esters, ketones, and amides. Without those compounds dominating your brew, you will get enjoy a much sweeter cup of coffee.

Flexibility over coffee strength

By changing the steeping time and dilution, you can precisely alter the strength of your coffee. If you want a strong coffee, you will be happy to learn that cold-brewed coffee can be made EXTREMELY strong by simply brewing it longer and changing the dilution ratio.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee: Step by Step Instructions

Making cold brew coffee is surprisingly easy. The simplest method for making cold brew coffee is as follows:

Step 1: Gather your ingredients and equipment

To make cold brew coffee, you will need:

  • 80 grams of coarsely ground coffee
  • One litre of water
  • Two containers with lids, each large enough to hold your cold brew
  • Coffee filters or cheese cloth
  • A funnel (optional, can make it easier to transfer coffee between containers)

Step 2: Combine your ingredients

Pour the ground coffee and water into one of the containers and give it a stir. Ideally, your container should be filled as close to the top as possible and it should have a lid to limit the amount of oxidation that occurs during brewing.

A large mason jar with a lid works well for making cold brew coffee. Some people use a French press for brewing their cold brew, simply wrapping the top in plastic wrap to seal it.

Step 3: Brew

Let the coffee steep for at least 12 hours (at room temperature). You can place your container in the fridge while it is steeping if you like, but that will extend brewing time to between 15 to 17 hours.

Step 4: Strain your cold brew coffee

Strain your cold brew coffee into your other container, passing it through a coffee filter to catch the spent coffee granules. It is now ready for consumption. Most people will keep their cold brew coffee in the refrigerator to maximise its lifespan. If properly sealed, your cold brew coffee will last for 1 to 2 weeks.

Step 5: Drinking cold brew

Cold brew coffee can be enjoyed in several ways:

Straight Up

If you like your coffee strong, drink it straight from a glass.

Iced

If its a warm day, add a few ice cubes and enjoy instant iced coffee

Iced Cold Brew Latte

Add some ice cubes and a small amount of milk (sugar optional)

Diluted

If the brew is too strong, add a splash of water and have it Americano style.

Cold Brew Soda

Mix some cold brew with soda water, almond coffee syrup, and ice

Pro-tips: cold brew ratios

Remember, there are two factors that go into determining how strong your cold brew coffee will be:

  • The ratio between coffee and water
  • How long you leave the brew to steep for

You can play with the ratio of coffee to water to obtain a coffee that you enjoy. Most people find that 80 grams of coffee to one litre of water is the sweet spot for cold brew.

However, if you are planning to add milk to your cold brew, you might prefer to a stronger ratio like 120 grams per litre of water, for more flavour.

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Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Coffee is a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into cakes, biscuits, chocolates, lollies, and best of all – ice cream! Coffee ice cream combines the sweetness of ice cream with the rich flavour of coffee, in the best way possible.

It’s surprisingly simple to make a high-quality coffee ice cream at home. In this post, we share an easy ice cream recipe that tastes just like old-fashioned ice cream.

This recipe combines custard with heavy cream and coffee to create a ridiculously creamy treat that your friends and family will love.

Coffee ice cream recipe ingredients

To make coffee iced cream, you will need:

  • 600ml of whole milk
  • 540ml of double cream
  • 300g of granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ½ cup fresh brewed coffee
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • An ice cream maker

If you want a larger batch of coffee ice cream (and let’s face it, who doesn’t!?) then simply double the ingredients we listed above.

How to make coffee ice cream: step by step instructions

Here are detailed instructions on how to make coffee ice cream. There are also simplified instructions further down the page. It involves three simple steps:

Step 1: make a custard base

The first step for making our easy coffee ice cream recipe is to create a coffee custard. It is a basic combination of a ½ cup of coffee, 300g of sugar, 600ml of milk, and a pinch of salt. You can use decaf coffee for this recipe if you prefer — which might be a good idea if kids are going to be eating it.

Next, whisk your egg yolks in a small bowl and slowly pour half of the hot milk into the eggs as you continue whisking. You can then pour the eggs and milk back into the saucepan. Don’t pour the eggs directly into the hot saucepan, as they will scramble.

Continue cooking the custard over medium heat until it thickens, which will take about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure the custard doesn’t stick to the pan.

Step 2: refrigerate your custard

Next, refrigerate the custard. However, before doing so, remove any lumps contained within the custard. Even if you were careful to not scramble the eggs, you may have still made a couple of lumps. Strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve into another plastic or glass bowl.

Cover your bowl with plastic wrap, ensuring that the plastic is touching the surface of the custard (to prevent a skin forming). Place the custard into the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Step 3: churn your ice cream

To finish your ice cream off, you will need to whisk the custard, ice cream, and vanilla together before placing it into your ice cream machine for churning. Once your ice cream has finished churning, enjoy it immediately or place it in the freezer in an airtight container. It should keep for about two weeks.

Pro-tips for making homemade coffee ice cream

Here are a few additional pro-tips to help you make the best coffee ice cream possible:

Use high-quality ingredients

Don’t skimp on your ice cream ingredients. Use free-range eggs, high-quality milk, and the best coffee you can find (hint: you’ll find plenty with our Handpicked coffee subscription).

Add additional flavourings early

If you have some ideas for additional flavourings like choc chips or hazelnut syrup, add them when the cooked custard has cooled. This will ensure their flavours remain strong in the final ice cream. This is particularly true of alcoholic flavourings and extracts.

Chill your custard well

Make sure the custard is ‘very’ cold before churning. Some people will even keep their custard in the refrigerator overnight before churning.

Freeze your bowl

Some ice cream makers will have a detachable mixing bowl. If your does, pop it in the freezer so it is very cold before you start churning.

Keep mix-ins small

If you decide to add nuts or other additions to your coffee ice cream, make sure they are fairly small. It’s also a good idea to chill any additives before through them in.

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