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How to make the perfect iced coffee at home – tips from a barista

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Summer’s here so you know what that means – that’s right, it’s prime iced coffee season.

In our opinion, iced coffee is a top-tier drink at any time of year, but it makes for a particular perfect little treat on a hot day.

But while making yourself a hot coffee at home is pretty common, fewer people seem to dabble with making their own versions of the cold stuff.

That’s why we chatted to Chloe Sizer, a barista and manager with six years in the industry under her belt.

Chloe’s put together a couple of tasty recipes that you can try at home, as well as a little shopping list to help give your morning coffee a boost.

How to make your own iced coffee

Ingredients:

  • 25g medium ground coffee
  • 150g ice
  • 125g hot water from the kettle
  • An aeropress

Method:

  1. Fill your cup with the ice, wet the aeropress and screw on the cap
  2. Place the aeropress on top of the cup and add the coffee
  3. Add the hot water quickly so make sure the coffee is soaked
  4. Let it sit for a minute, then stir the mixture before grabbing the plunger
  5. Plunge slowly for roughly 30 seconds until all the water has passed through
  6. Stir in milk/sweetener to taste, if you’re into that – Chloe recommends 1:1 simple syrup or warmed honey/maple syrup

How to make cold brew concentrate coffee

This is a concentrate that is designed to be diluted with ice when served.

  • 1:1 weight ratio of coffee to water
  • Medium-coarse ground coffee
  • Cold filtered water
  • Filter bag (cloth or paper) to hold coffee grounds
  • Mason jar or large container scale sieve (if not using a filter)



Chloe’s top iced coffee making tips

‘For cold brew concentrate, make sure all grounds are wet and covered when soaking.

‘Use filtered water for both recipes – there are undesired compounds in tap water that don’t extract tasty flavours from the coffee.’

  1. Fill a container with the desired amount of cold water and weigh with the scale
  2. Weigh out equal parts coffee and put the grounds into a filter
  3. If you do not have a filter, you can add the grounds into the water, but you will have to strain once completed
  4. Soak the coffee in the water for 12-20 hours – the optimum amount of time is 15 hours. Store the mixture in the fridge.
  5. Strain and enjoy over ice. Again, stir in milk/a syrupy sweetener to taste.

What to buy to boost your coffee game

Aeropress

Chloe put this at the top of her list (Picture: Pilot Coffee Roasters)

Chloe says: ‘It’s so handy and easy to make iced coffee.’

Buy for £30 from Amazon

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pouring Kettle

Chloe likes the flow-restrictor (Picture: The Coffee Shop)

Chloe says: ‘You can set your desired temperature of the water, and it will hold the temp. The flow rate is also steady and slow.’

Buy for £149 from The Coffee Shop

A Feldgrind hand grinder

Chloe says this one gives you a lot of bang for your buck (Picture: Knock)

Chloe says: ‘This one’s the cheapest and best grinder – consistent and portable’.

Buy it for £150 from Knock

 


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