ICED KALITA BREWING GUIDE
Ahhhh, summertime. It gets hot. Iced coffee is our daily respite.
This guide is for brewing iced coffee by flash-chilling -- brewing coffee hot over ice. This method is also known as Japanese-style iced coffee. We recommend this method because using heat is the best way to extract coffee's vivid flavors and aromatics, which are locked in immediately by the ice. In the other camp are those that brew coffee using cold water over an extended time, known as cold brew.
Oliver Strand of the New York Times said it best when he summed up the debate between the two methods: "Cold brew might have the popular vote, but ice brew is bigger with the pundits." For further reading on the differences between the techniques and why brewing hot over ice is preferred by the pundits, we recommend reading Peter Giuliano's post here.
Let's brew some coffee!
RATIO: 1:6.6:13.2 (25g coffee, 110g ice, 220g water)
GRIND: Like kosher salt
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Kalita Wave
- Kalita Wave Filters
- Water Kettle
Fill kettle and heat water. Fill brewing vessel with 110 grams of ice. Place the Kalita with filter on the brew vessel.
WEIGH & GRIND
Weigh out 25 grams of coffee. Grind coffee, similar to the texture of kosher salt.
Start timer and pour enough water to just saturate the coffee bed, about 80 grams.
Let bloom for 30-45 seconds.
Pro tip: Allowing the coffee to bloom (or expand before adding more water) ensures even water dispersion and a delicious cup.
Pouring slowly in concentric circles, adding enough water to raise slurry about halfway up the cone. Continue adding water slowly in stages, submerging the crust as you go, until you’ve poured added 225 grams of water.
You should have added all of your water (220 g) by 3-3:30 minutes.
Give the slurry a shallow stir and let it drain. Total brew time should be 4:30-4:50.
Pro tip: Since you are using more coffee when making iced coffee in the Kalita, you will have to pour faster and keep your coffee bed a little higher than when brewing hot coffee to achieve the same final brew time.
SERVE & ENJOY
Serve over ice and enjoy!