There's a secret ingredient in delicious iced coffee
Just can't make a good cup of iced coffee?
Too bitter, too weak or just generally not as good as you could buy retail?
Maybe that's because it's missing the secret ingredient used by John Hamanchosi, a consultant at Oven Hot Food Group, a partner at 7 Coffee Roasting Co. and an eight-year veteran of the New York City coffee scene.
A few sprigs of mint.
The mint works wonders: It's not at all overpowering, but it gives the beverage a wonderful fruity and fresh flavor that you probably wouldn't even identify as mint if you didn't know it was in there. You'd just know it was better than your average brew.
Just as important is using enough grounds so that the coffee isn't too weak. Hamanchosi recommends 1 part coffee grounds to 2 parts water, a mixture you then dilute after brewing. He said he uses medium-roast African beans because their sweet caramel flavors provide the best brews. And steep it not just overnight but for 16 to 18 hours.
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8 ounces coarsely ground coffee beans, preferably medium roast, of African origin
4 sprigs of mint
16 ounces water, plus 12 ounces for diluting after brewing
Wrap the coffee grounds and sprigs of mint together in two layers of cheesecloth. Secure together as a bundle. (A rubber band works well.)
Place in a medium bowl and pour 16 ounces of room temperature water over your coffee bundle. Cover with plastic wrap and let steep for 16 to 18 hours.
After steeping, remove the coffee bundle and squeeze excess liquid into the bowl before you discard it. (It's also possible to use these same ingredients in a French press.) Pour the coffee liquid through a coffee filter and into a medium-sized jar or small pitcher. This removes any excess grounds or sludge that may have accumulated. Give the filter a few squeezes if it's particularly slow to drip through.
Once the coffee has been filtered, you should have about 8 ounces of liquid. Add 12 ounces of cold water (you can add more or less to taste) and stir. Pour into two glasses with ice and enjoy with your favorite milk and sweetener.
Makes two 10-ounce servings.
Source: 7 Coffee Roasting Co.