That hot cup of coffee with breakfast is for many of us, the highlight of our morning, the one thing that perks us up and fuels our energy. Except when it’s only 9 a.m. but already 25 degrees, as it has been for the last few days in Cape Town.
For times like these, then, you need a cold coffee drink to start, and maybe end, your day. Simply throwing that morning brew into a cup of ice is a tantalizing option, but not the best: doing so generally shocks the coffee and results in a harsh, bitter cup that will do nothing to help you wake up and shine. Thankfully, there are plenty of great iced coffee drinks to choose from that can supply your morning caffeine fix and cool you off at the same time.
There are several ways of preparing iced coffee. Ordinary hot-brewed coffee can be served cold, although this may result in a bitter-tasting product.
Cold brewing relies on time, rather than heat, to transfer the coffee flavor to the water. In order to achieve this, ground coffee is soaked in water for hours and then filtered.
Depending on the brewing method, iced coffee can be served already chilled, or poured hot, double strength, over an equal amount of ice. Because sugar does not dissolve readily into cold liquids, it must be added either directly to the hot base, or to the finished product in the form of simple syrup.
The iced latte and iced mocha are the two most common examples of this. A quick way of preparing such drinks is to make a small quantity of strong, hot espresso, dissolving the required sweetener/flavorings in the hot liquid and then pouring this directly into a cup of ice cold milk.
If you are in the vicinity of the Strictly Coffee shop, why not pop in for our house speciality iced coffee – a blended Frappe, we guarantee great company and a cool start to your day.
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