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Cold Coffee options for summertime!

Summer has finally arrived! What better way to spend summer than drinking a delicious, cold, refreshing coffee. Make sure you make the perfect cold coffee this summer with our top tips!

Iced coffee

Iced coffee is the most popular cold coffee. It is as simple as it sounds – coffee brewed how the individual likes it (ristretto, single, double etc.) over milk and ice. It takes the regular amount of brewing time that a normal coffee does. This is a quick way to enjoy a cold coffee on a hot summer’s day.

Iced coffee can be customized to your specific taste by adding syrup for a little something sweet or by adding more coffee for the caffeine boost. It’s completely up to you!

However, the method dilutes the amount of caffeine in the beverage. This happens as the ice melts, the water changes the flavour, strength and amount of caffeine in the drink. To prevent this from happening you can: reduce the amount of ice used, add extra shot of coffee or drink it quickly – which isn’t hard when it tastes so good!

Cold brew coffee

Cold brew is slightly different to its icy brother, due to the brewing process. Cold brew coffee is brewed with other equipment and takes longer than iced coffee to brew.

You have to ground your coffee (preferably to a French press grind) and steep it in cold water for at least 12 hours. It is worth noting that the longer you leave the coffee to steep, the stronger and bolder flavour you will get. After the steeping process, the coffee is then filtered to leave a rich coffee concentrate that can be mixed with milk and water. Even though it takes longer, your finished coffee will have a piquant flavour that is out of this world. A cold brew on ice during a hot summer’s day is to die for!

Due to the steeping process and how it uses time instead of heat to release the flavours, cold brew coffee is generally less acidic and bitter than iced coffee, making it perfect for newcomers to the world of coffee.

The only and main set back on cold brew is the time process to prepare and make it. To get that rich flavour, you have to wait for it for minimum 12 hours while it is in water.

The Verdict

Both cold beverages are ideal for when the heat picks up. They both give you that caffeine boost during the day and to make you feel refreshed.

If you want a coffee that is instant, we recommend choosing the iced coffee option but if you want to try a new ‘experience’ with more caffeine then choose the cold brew option. Have a refreshing and good summer, everyone!