Summer’s here, and you know what that means. Cold is in, and hot – not so much. On the one hand, you’re constantly bombarded by the elderly, and by natural remidialists to keep cool with buttermilk, tender coconut water and the like. On the other, cola and ice cream companies will do their best to convince you their product is the best way to beat the summer heat. Even if you choose to ignore everyone and pick up your daily cuppa, one thing is for certain – you’ll have to find a way to cool it down. Drastically.
When it comes to cold coffee, the easiest thing for people to do has always been to walk into a coffee shop, order a tall glass of something unpronounceable, and burn deep holes in their pockets for what is essentially milk, coffee powder, a lot of sugar, and lot more whipped cream.
All this while, people haven’t realized that making your own cold coffee at home isn’t just really simple – it’s delicious, satisfying, and super easy on the pocket. Not that brands haven’t tried… The most famous one had you dunk instant coffee powder, cold milk, and a lot of ice into the shaker you got free with your bottle of instant coffee – and shake-shake-shake away to glory.
Some people also dump instant coffee, milk, sugar, and a scoop of ice cream in a blender, and whip. But here’s the thing – making your cold coffee isn’t all that different from making your regular cuppa. It’s still brewed, it’s just… well, cold.
To make a cold cuppa, all you really need to do is extract your coffee shot like you usually would, and pour it over cold water/milk, and LOTS of ice! Really! It is that simple.
If you’re the adventurous type, there are tons of ways in which you can spruce up the classic cold coffee. While ice cream, chocolate, and whipped cream are the usual favourites, a lot of unexpected flavours can be added as a little surprise for your taste buds.
Take for instance this video that shows you in a mere sixty seconds how you can totally up your coffee game – with a simple vanilla pod. All you need to do is add said vanilla pod to your AeroPress along with the coffee powder before you extract your coffee shot. Pour the shot over some sugar, and top with a LOT of ice!
This particular brew seems like a great option for coffee drinkers who prefer their coffee dark, simple, and unpolluted by the usual milky and super sweet additives. Although, vanilla seems like one flavor that will work well even with milk. And chocolate.
The coffee used in this video is Parama – the Flying Squirrel’s finest luxury blend with a strong creamy mouthfeel with bubbles of dark chocolate and caramel flavours. You can find it here and have a freshly roasted and ground batch delivered to your home, real quick!
Cold coffee is great way to beat the heat, while still getting your caffeine fix. And a lot of flavours can work really well to enhance your home-made cold coffee – including chocolate, spices like cardamom and cinnamon, and even coconut milk!
So, what are you waiting for? Go on, call the gang home, and show off your new-found cold coffee brewing skills!