Flash-chilled iced coffee is a type of iced coffee that is made by brewing hot coffee and then rapidly cooling it down using a flash chiller or by adding ice. The goal of this process is to quickly cool the coffee down to a temperature where it can be served over ice without watering it down.
One of the benefits of flash-chilled iced coffee is that it retains more of the flavor and character of the hot coffee than other methods of making iced coffee. This is because the rapid cooling process preserves the flavors and aromas of the coffee that can be lost when the coffee is allowed to cool down slowly.
How To Make Flash-Chilled Iced Coffee
To make flash-chilled iced coffee at home, you’ll need the following equipment:
- Digital Scale
- 30g Coffee
- Grinder (ideally, burr)
- 200g ice (150g for brewing, 50g for serving)
- 330g hot water
- Chemex or another Dripper w/ filter
Brewing Instructions for Flash Chilled Coffee
- Heat water to around 200 – 205 degrees
- Rinse paper filter, discard rinse water
- Measure out 30g of coffee, this recipe uses a 16:1 brew ratio of water to coffee – with the water being split between ice in the decanter and hot water to brew with.
- Since we are using a Chemex, Grind your coffee coarse
- Add coffee into chemex and tap slightly to make sure it’s evenly spread out.
- Place chemex onto scale, tare out the scale.
- Pour 60g onto your coffee, let it bloom for 30 seconds
- Pour three separate pulses of 100g pours with 10-15 seconds in between. Coffee should finish draining by 4:00
- Take decanted brew, pour over ice and serve.
- Don’t forget to compost grounds and filter.
Here are a few tips for improving your flash-chilled iced coffee:
Use fresh roasted coffee beans: The quality of the coffee beans you use will have a big impact on the flavor of your iced coffee. Use freshly roasted, high-quality beans to get the best results.
Experiment with the coffee-to-water ratio: The ratio of coffee to water you use when brewing hot coffee can affect the strength and flavor of your iced coffee. Experiment with different ratios to find the one that works best for you.
Chill the coffee quickly: The faster you can cool the coffee down, the better it will taste.
Serve over ice: Make sure to serve your iced coffee over plenty of ice to keep it cold and refreshing.
Adjust the sweetness and creaminess to taste: Add milk, cream, sugar, or other sweeteners to taste to get the perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess in your iced coffee.
Experiment with different brewing methods: Different brewing methods can produce different flavors in your iced coffee. Try using different methods, as mentioned above such as a v60 or other pour-over, to find the one that works best for you.
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What is the Difference Between Flash-Chilled and Cold Brew Coffee?
Flash-chilled iced coffee and cold brew coffee are two different methods of making iced coffee. Here are the main differences between the two:
Brewing process: Flash-chilled iced coffee is made by brewing hot coffee and then rapidly cooling it down using a flash chiller or by adding ice. Cold brew coffee, on the other hand, is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in cold water for an extended period of time, typically 12-24 hours.
Flavor profile: Cold brew coffee tends to have a smoother, sweeter, and less acidic flavor than flash-chilled iced coffee. This is because the long steeping process extracts different compounds from the coffee beans than the hot water used in flash-chilled iced coffee. Cold brew coffee also tends to have a stronger coffee flavor, as the steeping process extracts more caffeine and other flavors from the beans.
Preparation time: Cold brew coffee takes longer to prepare than flash-chilled iced coffee, as it requires an extended steeping time of 12-24 hours. Flash-chilled iced coffee, on the other hand, can be prepared in a matter of minutes by brewing hot coffee and then rapidly cooling it down.
Serving temperature: Flash-chilled iced coffee is typically served over ice, while cold brew coffee can be served either over ice or at room temperature.
Ultimately, the choice between flash-chilled iced coffee and cold brew coffee comes down to personal preference. Both methods can produce delicious, iced coffee, and the right choice for you will depend on your flavor preferences and how much time you have to prepare the coffee.