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Cool Coffee for Hot Weather

Cool Coffee for Hot Weather
Photos by Christina Oxford


It’s hot, right? We love, love, love coffee—can you feel the love?—but right now, iced coffee seems to hit the spot a lot more than a steaming pot of joe.

However, iced coffee can be a bit challenging. For increasing our barista skills, we turned to Katie Weinberger from King Bean Coffee (try the Sullivans blend). Her uber-practical tips might have you thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Brew it up and cool it down:

  1. Always start with great coffee / Buy whole bean and grind it fresh. The less exposed coffee is to air, the better the coffee will taste, and don’t forget to use filtered water.
  2. Let a hot cup cool to room temperature to see if it’s a coffee you’d enjoy iced / Coffees taste different cold than they do hot.
  3. Make coffee ice cubes / Regular ice cubes will dilute your coffee, but if you use ones made from coffee, it will keep your joe from having a watered-down taste as the ice melts.
  4. Try a cold brew / Cold brewing greatly reduces the acid content of coffee finishing with a smooth taste. The process is simple: Grind, Soak, Wait. A good ratio is 1/3 ground (coarse grind) to 1 1/2 cups of water. A French press is the perfect brewing container. Let the water saturate the beans and put in the fridge overnight. Plunge, pour, enjoy!
  5. Have fun experimenting with iced coffee / With a cool drink, you can add whole fruits to your coffee: cherries, strawberries, and oranges all make nice enhancements. Mint is a tasty addition as well.

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