How do you keep cool when outside the mercury is hitting 37ºC? Ideally, you go to a nice secluded spot where you can swim, doze in the shade and then refresh with some homemade cold brew and something fresh like watermelon.
Otherwise, I suggest you keep cool with this super easy recipe for making Japanese flash brews or iced coffee at home using the delicious coffees from our recently shipped July 2022 Coffeevine box. This edition featured three exquisite coffees from Old Spike, KB Coffee and Orbita. All three taste fabulous brewed over ice.
Now, just find yourself that shady spot and enjoy!
As in any good kitchen or bar, you want to be sure to have a few key items at your disposal that will aid you in preparing a delicious cup of coffee.
- Scales (with or without a timer – you can use your phone or your watch)
- A good quality burr grinder such as the Comandante Grinder
- Your favourite brew method (Origami, Kalita Wave, V60, AeroPress etc)
- A clean vessel for brewing and decanting
- A ladle or stirrer for agitating the grounds
- Water for brewing
- A pouring kettle but a regular kettle will also do, however, it requires more precision
Feel free to take a look around our shop to see if there are things that you might like. We have a nice selection of items from Timemore and other brands to help you brew delicious coffees.
It’s very important to always freshly grind your coffee just before preparation because coffee is very volatile and quickly loses its full aroma in a matter of minutes.
You can also vacuum pack your coffee in portions, name and number each batch and then keep it in a dry cool place or put it in the freezer. More information about freshness and how to rest your coffees can be found in this article.
For espresso, I use my home espresso machine, a Profitec Pro600 espresso machine and a Profitec ProT64 grinder.
My recipe for a refreshing Japanese flash brew:
25g of coffee ground medium-fine. Sort of aiming for the Aeropress grind size. Make sure you have ice ready to go and flush your filter in the sink. You can either work with a V60, an Origami Dripper or an Orea dripper. Up to you.
Use 150g of ice for 225g of hot water. Add your ice to the carafe, mount your brewer on top and then start with a long bloom of around 45-60 seconds using 50g of water. Follow this by pouring the remainder of your hot water in one slow continuous motion. Once done, give the slurry a good stir and then wait for the liquid to drain. I like to use a big Gin and Tonic glass for this.
Pop a few ice cubes in there, add your coffee and enjoy!
Old Spike’s recipe for filter:
Orea: Kalita 185 filter paper.
Brew Ratio starting point: 1:13 or 1:14.
For 1 Cup: Dose: 15g coffee
Grind size: Medium coarse grind size (18 clicks on Comandante, 12 on Mahlkonig EK43)
Yield: 200g coffee
Brewing time: 2:15 – 2:30 mins
Pouring structure: Bloom: 40g, 0-30 seconds Pour #1: 80g, 30 secs – 1:15 min Pour #2: 80g, 1:15min – 2:15-2:30 min.
Old Spike’s recipe for espresso:
Dose: 19g coffee Yield: 44g coffee Time: 28 seconds
KB Coffee’s recipe for filter:
Kalita 185 stainless 19g coffee IN – 300g OUT
Water 94ºC, grind EK43 11.5
1 Rinse filter 2. Blooming: 50g in 10 secs, wait until 30 secs 3. At 30 secs, pour 175g of water clockwise (approx. end 1 min). 4. At 1’30, pour up to 300g clockwise –> extraction approx. 3′.
KB Coffee’s recipe for espresso:
19.5g dry in the portafilter – 93.5ºC for water – extraction of 30 seconds – in cup 43g in double espresso.
Orbita’s recipe for filter:
20g of coffee – 340ml water (99 degrees). First we pour 60g of water for blooming and after 40 secs the 280g left for a total extraction time of 3:30. Rao spin after the pouring. All of this using a plastic V60 and hario tabbed filters. Water properties: GH:60 ppm KH: 30 ppm
Orbita’s recipe for espresso:
18g in for 46g out in 36 seconds. We brew it using the Decent espresso machine and Niche zero grinder (setting at 12). We do a preinfusion of 10 seconds until we arrive to 4 bars and then the rest of extraction at 8.6bars.Water properties: GH:90 ppm KH: 50 ppm
What did you think of these recipes and the coffees from the July 2022 Coffeevine box? Let me know in the comments down below and make sure you subscribe in time for the upcoming August 2022 coffee subscription box.