Time to Chill
Well I am back from vacation and decided to combine my love of coffee with an urge to experiment and set out to find a new way to beat-the-heat-wave we are experiencing with something cold, refreshing, extremely smooth, and fun to drink!
My experimental premise was that the coffee had to be cold-brewed. Research revealed that first you need a vessel to hold the coffee and the liquid. Even though I work for the greatest coffee brewing machine sales company ever, I couldn’t find anything quickly that fit my idea of cold-brewing. But I’m a country-boy and we learn to be very resourceful. I found my vessel, a two-liter empty pop bottle. Perfect!
To make the brew I decided to use one of my favorite all-around whole bean espresso coffees, Lavazza Pienaroma. To grind the coffee I used the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso with the Esatto electronic-scale base attachment and set the grinder to 12 with the micro adjustment set in the middle. I then programmed the Esatto to deliver 70 grams of ground coffee.
With my vessel ready and the coffee ground, I combined the coffee with roughly 50 ounces of water. I gave the bottle a shake and I put it in the office fridge for the next 12 hours.
The next morning I excitedly pulled the bottle out of the fridge and had to stop and think for a second. I forgot that I needed to extract the coffee grinds from the liquid. Lucky for me I did have a coffee carafe nearby and a brew basket with a paper filter that fit on it. Extraction was a success! I then tasted the coffee with no additives. The first thing that came to my mind was “where have you been my whole life.”
The coffee was incredible smooth and had little to no acidity to it at all! Now I had the base to make a cool drink!
A quick search on the Internet revealed exactly what I had in mind, a Toddy Coffee! I mixed it to my liking:
- Three quarters cold brew coffee, (about 7 ounces),
- a quarter milk, (about 2 ½ ounces),
- a teaspoon of sugar
- and ½ ounce of Stirling Gourmet Crème Caramel Syrup
- all over ice.
It made about 10 ounces. Let me tell you, if you’re looking for a fantastic summer beverage this is the way to go. I am now completely addicted to these. Well thanks for taking a trip down an unknown path with me. Till next time: for the love of coffee!