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Many people rely on a cup of coffee to get them going in the morning, but who wants a hot cup of joe during the summer? Thanks to cold brews and ice coffees, you can still get your caffeine jolt and keep cool, but what if you didn’t have to go to your local shop to get it?
This week’s BestReviews has some tips on making cold coffee at home.
Stay cool and caffeinated with these cold coffee tips
Best cold coffee tips and products
For some, a cup of coffee is the only way to start the day, but when temperatures rise, a hot beverage doesn’t always cut it. Luckily, there are numerous ways to enjoy coffee cold.
Learning to make cold coffee at home is more economical than buying it from a coffee shop every morning. Knowing which products are best for making it is helpful if you want to make top-notch cold coffee at home.
BestReviews’ Branson Stowell joins Gary Gelfand to share tips on making great coffee you can enjoy in the summertime.
Americano is a mixture of espresso and water served hot or with ice. Substituting the water with sparkling water gives it a carbonated twist that you don’t usually find in a coffee beverage. The drink was trending on TikTok earlier this year, and for good reason — it’s delicious.
Although you may not associate coffee with citrus, sparkling Americano pairs well with orange zest. Many serve the drink with a basil leaf as well.
Sparkling Americano is best when you brew fresh espresso. Making your own seltzer water at home is another excellent way to ensure your sparkling drink is made just the way you like it.
Pour-over iced coffee
Drip coffee makers are convenient but don’t always produce the best brew. Many swear by pour-over coffee makers due to their simplicity and the robust flavor of the coffee. Most only cost around $30 and include sleek glass carafes you can place in your fridge.
Pour-over coffee makers have a slight learning curve, as you must pour the water just right to get a consistent flavor. Still, the tradeoff of having more control over your brew can be worth it.
When deciding which one to buy, it’s essential to consider its size and the type of filter it uses. Larger models let you brew between two and eight cups at a time. Those with paper filters are generally the easiest to clean, but they create more waste, and the coffee isn’t as flavorful. Metal filters are typically preferred since they’re easy to clean and allow the delicious oils of the grounds to pass through.
Cold brew coffee
Cold brew’s distinctive flavor sets it apart from other cold coffee drinks. Rather than brewing the coffee hot, cold brew is made by steeping coffee grounds for 12-24 hours. The brewing process may take a while, but you’ll be rewarded with coffee that’s less bitter and acidic.
Cold brew generally has a naturally sweet taste, as the cold brew process brings out more of the slight chocolate flavor found in coffee beans. Additionally, cold brew has more caffeine than traditional coffee. It’s important to note that cold brew coffee makers produce a coffee concentrate you’ll want to combine with water before drinking.
When choosing a cold brew coffee maker, consider its size and material. Some cold brew makers resemble a small pitcher and won’t take up much fridge space, while others will require a considerable amount of space.
Some are made of plastic, and others are glass. Plastic is generally more durable, but some prefer the attractive look of a glass pitcher. Cleanup can be cumbersome, so buying a dishwasher-safe model is a good idea.
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SodaStream Art Sparkling Water Maker
This lets you make sparkling water at home quickly and easily. It’s compatible with all SodaStream flavors and most SodaStream bottles. Many say the fizziness of their drinks is more impressive than La Croix and other canned options. It features a modern design.
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Nespresso Vertuo Next Espresso Machine By Breville
This machine has an internal barcode scanner that recognizes your coffee pod and adjusts its parameters accordingly. It features a stylish, space-saving design. It’s controlled by a single button, making it easier to use than most espresso machines. It brews espresso quickly and is made from 54% recycled plastic.
Cafe Bustelo Espresso Ground Coffee
This coffee has a strong, robust flavor. Many say it doesn’t clog the filters in their espresso machine and produces an excellent crema.
Sold by Amazon
This affordable coffee maker features a low-profile design. It’s available in numerous sizes and colors. It’s compact, and the mesh filter does an excellent job filtering grounds without impacting the flavor. It’s dishwasher-safe.
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OXO Good Grips 32-Ounce Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Unlike other cold brew coffee makers, this evenly distributes the water over the grounds. The stand is sturdy, and the valve lets you dispense coffee without a mess. It’s easy to set up, dishwasher-safe and brews excellent coffee.
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Pullout: Many cold brew coffee makers work with loose leaf tea, although you’ll want to wash the filter thoroughly if you’ve recently made coffee.