If you're a coffee enthusiast like us, the craving for that rich, aromatic coffee doesn't vanish as we lose our warm season. So, what’s the solution? V60 Japanese-Style Iced Coffee.
What You Will Need:
- V60 Dripper
- Filter paper
- Fresh coffee beans
- Ice cubes
- Pouring kettle
- 65 grams of coffee per litre of water (approximately 5 grams more than usual)
- Ice cubes (40% of brew weight)
- Hot water (60% of brew weight)
- Grind Coffee: Grind your coffee beans a bit finer than your usual grind size for hot coffee.
- Bloom: Add your coffee to the V60 and saturate it with water (two to three times the weight of the coffee). Allow it to bloom for at least 45 seconds.
- Initial Pour: Add hot water, accounting for 60% of your total brew weight.
- Ice Setup: Place ice cubes in your decanter, making up the remaining 40% of the brew weight.
- Brew: Pour the hot water in intervals, targeting a total brew time of 2.5 to 3 minutes.
- Stir: Once the brew is done, give it a quick stir in a circular motion and then the opposite direction.
- Serve: Swirl the decanter to melt any remaining ice, then pour your freshly brewed coffee over new ice cubes in a glass.
The Science Behind the Recipe
We recommend using 65 grams of coffee per litre of water, slightly more than usual. The rationale? Cold beverages lose some aromatic intensity, and you’ll likely experience dilution over ice as you sip.
Ice to Hot Water Ratio
The use of 40% ice and 60% hot water strikes the right balance between temperature and extraction. Too much ice will leave you with a weak brew, while too little won't adequately chill your coffee.
A longer bloom time (around 45 seconds) allows for better extraction, enhancing the flavours and complexities of your coffee.
What sets this method apart from traditional cold brew is its capacity to capture the coffee’s original characteristics. When executed correctly, V60 Japanese-Style Iced Coffee offers a beverage that is cold, complex, and utterly refreshing—perfect for sipping.
Ready to indulge in a coffee experience that is as unique as it is refreshing? Give this method a try and let us know how you get on.