If you’re anything like us, the sweltering heat of summer calls for a change in your coffee drinking habits. Dive in as we help you to find the best iced coffee recipe this summer so you can discover your personal favourites to accompany those days where working from home is a struggle.
We’re starting with our founder James’ absolute favourite – the Japanese iced filter coffee. We urge you to get experimental and remember to tag your best creations on Instagram @balancecoffee, and we’ll be sure to re-post.
1. Japanese Iced Filter Coffee
Ice + Filter Coffee
It sounds fancy, but what is Japanese iced filter coffee, and why is it so good? Think cold brew but 5x better (in our humble opinion). Unlike cold brew, which is all about removing acidity, the Japanese iced filter brew method is all about showcasing the more flavourful, bright and complex notes in your cup of coffee.
The method is simple: brew hot filter coffee (ideally Hario V60 Recipe Style) directly over ice to get all the benefits from extracting coffee using hot water whilst getting the upsides of brewing immediately over ice. Ready for the science? When brewed coffee enters the atmosphere, the oxidation process begins, this causes bitterness and stale qualities to appear in the drink. So brewing hot coffee directly over ice retains more sweetness and is a wonderful new experience which you absolutely have to try.
Want the recipe? Check out out our guide on how to make iced coffee, Japanese style.
2. Iced latte
Ice + Coffee + Milk
The iced latte is arguably one of the most popular iced coffee drinks on the summer menu ☀️. All the milky goodness of a flat white or latte but chilled quickly over ice for creamy but cooling coffee. First, pour your ice cubes into your glass, add your favourite milk and then add in your coffee shot. To make a proper iced latte, you’ll need to use espresso made by a home coffee machine to get the concentrated kick. Missing the machine? Check out our home coffee machine range if you’re looking to step up your coffee making at home.
3. Iced Americano
Ice + Cold Water + Espresso shot
An iced americano is a classic way to make an iced coffee. Simply add ice to your glass, use cold water to fill up 80% of your cup but leave enough space for add your single or double shot of coffee. The benefits of brewing an iced americano is the speed, making it a perfect iced coffee recipe when you’re in a rush.
4. Cold Brew Coffee
Ice + Cold Brew Concentrate
So what is cold brew and how does it differ to the usual iced coffee drinks? Cold-brew coffee, is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee in room-temperature water between 6-12 hours. This creates a coffee concentrate you mix with cold water or milk. Cold brew generally suits those who prefer a smoother, stronger flavour compared to those who enjoy more fruity coffees with a higher acidity. Those who are sensitive to acid believe it is easier-drinking than regular coffee.
5. Thai Iced Coffee Recipe
Ice + Milk + Espresso shot
If you like coffee and cream, then this Thai iced coffee recipe if probably for you.The recipe uses condensed milk which is very sweet so we recommend using a medium to dark roasted coffee in order to balance out the added sweetness which will create a balanced cup (excuse the pun). Sounds like it’s for you? explore the full Thai Iced coffee recipe.
6. Our Famous Dublin Iced Coffee Recipe
Ice + Coffee + Booze
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