Cardamom Iced Coffee
I've shared before about making cold brew coffee at home. It's easy and can be done inexpensively. Making cold brew doesn't require a brewer designed for the cause, but it does make it more convenient. If you're looking to buy a brewer for cold brew coffee, I recommend the Toddy, the Hario Mizudashi or the Filtron. That said, you can make delicious cold brew coffee without a device, just use any glass or plastic container that can hold a few quarts of water and be prepared to strain it out with a paper filter at the end into a separate container.
I love to keep a batch of cold brew coffee in the refrigerator for those afternoons when I have to get somewhere quickly and don't have time to brew something, but would love some coffee. Also, for cocktails. Having a batch of cold brew on hand makes cold coffee cocktails incredibly convenient.
I really like how cold brew coffee takes on a round, velvety mouthfeel and how the lack of acidity accentuates the natural sweetness in the coffee, often pulling out those foundational low notes. And just as coffees differ in flavor, every coffee takes on different characteristics when brewed using different methods, for example in a Chemex vs cold brew. I think that's part of the fun (as is pairing ingredients with particular coffees!).
Recently, I made a batch of cold brew with crushed cardamom pods to add spice to the mix. I loved the results of infusing the cardamom along with the coffee and I highly recommend it. Try it with a coffee or coffee blend that emphasizes flavors like sweet citrus, honey, chocolate, vanilla.
You'll need 8 cardamom pods, crushed with a mortar and pestle and 1/2 lb of coffee (250 grams), ground at medium grind similar to what would be used for a Chemex, and your chosen cold brewing vessel.
Add the crushed cardamom pods and ground coffee to your chosen container and slowly add 6 cups of cold water, pouring in a circular motion as you add it. Once all of the water is integrated, use the back of a wooden spoon or spatula to submerge the grounds. Cover the container loosely with a towel and let sit undisturbed for 12 hours. Remove the towel and filter out the grounds through a paper coffee filter. Refrigerate and enjoy within one week. Try it with a scoop of ice cream! -Mallory
*It is okay to use a coffee that says espresso for something other than espresso? My take - absolutely. Roasters will roast coffees for espresso to highlight the characteristics in the coffee that make it taste especially delicious when brewed as espresso, but you'll find that coffees roasted for espresso are also delicious when prepared as brewed coffee or cold brew.