Iced Coffee

 With summer around the corner, here are easy and quick ways to make fresh iced coffee at home

The ‘Japanese’ method

To pour for whenever you wish to:

  1. Weigh out eight ounces of ice cubes in a jug
  2. Measure 1.8 grams of fresh coffee to every ounce of coffee that you want. So, if you would like 16 ounces of coffee, you would need 28.8 (or 30) grams of coffee.
  3. Brew the coffee using just-off-boil water that equals the remaining volume (if you wants 16 ounces, you would need to brew 8 ounces), and then pour the double-concentrated coffee over the ice.
  4. Some ice cubes will melt, but other should not. You should be able to end up with the perfect amount of iced coffee.
  5. This is a great method to use on beans such as bright and lively Kenyan, or a more delicate washed Ethiopian coffee.
  6. If you are having friends over, just use this method to how much more you may need!

The ‘refrigerate’ method

For 6 ounces of iced coffee:

  1. In a jug whisk together 1/3 cup ground coffee and 1 and a 1/3 cups cold water until all the lumps are gone.
  2. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 5 hours, but it is best left overnight. If you do leave it overnight, be sure to take it out in the morning otherwise it will go bitter.
  3. Strain the coffee through a coffee filter-lined strainer, push it through with a spatula.
  4. You could pour it over ice, or just ad ice after you have strained it!

The ‘coffee cube’ method

For four glasses at once:

  1. Firstly, brew two strong cups of coffee with boiling water and leave to cool to room temperature.
  2. After it has cooled, take an ice tray and pour the coffee into it and place in the freezer until they have frozen solid. The two cups of coffee should make about 16 ice cubes.
  3. Brew another four hot cups of coffee once the cubes have frozen.
  4. Place the cubes in tall glasses (or just cups if you do not have them), and pour two tablespoons of condensed milk over the cubes.
  5. Pour the fresh and hot coffee over the coffee ice cubes, stir and drink!

Jasmine Northam, Correspondent (Food)

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