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Keeping Cool With Coffee: The Ice Option

Friday, August 08, 2014

It’s already been one of the best summers we’ve had in years, and while we’re not complaining, it can be difficult to keep cool. Mobile coffee franchises have started selling iced coffee and it’s amazing, but for some reason it can be incredibly difficult to make at home. We’re not sure why it seems more difficult than simply making yourself a cuppa, but it’s actually a great and refreshing way to drink your favourite beverage in the summer months. It’s just a case of knowing how!

  1. Start with great coffee

It might sound obvious, but if you make hot coffee with stale beans, cheap instant, or a rubbish blend then it has no hope in hell of coming out well. The same is true of iced coffee – if you don’t use the best beans then you could make a better drink. At our mobile coffee franchises we use the same great blend whether we’re making hot or cold drinks, so you know you’re getting Cafe2U’s best every single time.

Just remember that if it didn’t taste good when it was hot, it won’t taste any better once it’s cold.

  1. Different coffees taste better cold

For most of our cold coffee drinks, we will add syrups to get that great taste. When you let your coffee go cold is how your iced coffee will taste, and different coffees will affect the end taste as well. There’s lots of different types to try, so see which sorts best suit your taste.

  1. Remember to make fresh ice

Ice that has been sitting in your freezer for ages will taste a bit strange, and therefore will impact the taste of your ice brew. Make some fresh when you’re planning on whipping up iced coffee, or buy a bag if you don’t want to wait around for it to freeze. Speaking of the ice, this will water down your coffee, so you’re going to need a stronger brew than you would usually make.

You can get creative with ice too – plain water isn’t the only thing which freezes. Try making coffee cubes or milk ice cubes to give a different result.

  1. Try a cold brew

Hot coffee can give an acidic and bitter taste once chilled, but using a cold brew technique will help to reduce this considerably. All you need to do is put lots of grounds in a big jug or bottle, fill with water, and refrigerate for about 12 hours. Strain the concentrate and then dilute to taste (although not too much, remember what we said about making a stronger cup than usual!).

  1. Be adventurous

You might be a simple milk and sugar kind of person when it comes to hot coffee, but you can try all sorts of different things in your ice coffee which will perk up that drink and really impress guests. Experimenting is fun!

Try adding fruit or Nutella to your drink. You can add spices like cinnamon, or even ice cream for a real treat. If you don’t like the result, just go back to the drawing board.

Syrups like you’ll find at a mobile coffee franchise are available to buy, and they’re a really simple way to give a flavour to any drink you make, hot or cold. Vanilla is always a popular option, but caramel is also an excellent option for a summer treat.

All in all, we think you should take inspiration from the amazing cold coffee drinks available from mobile coffee franchises this summer, and use it as an excuse to get creative in the kitchen. We’d love to see what you come up with!

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