By Valorie King, Owner & Coffee Maven
Japanese-style? What does that even mean? With all the hype and popularity of cold brew coffee, there is another method for brewing cold coffee: Coffee over ice Japanese-style. Instead of the slow steep (aka immersion) or drip of cold water over ground coffee, you start brewing coffee hot directly over ice. Periodically I try cold brewed coffee just to see if anything has changed. No, I still do not enjoy cold brew. This week, I compared the 2018 Anniversary Blend cold brewed vs Japanese-style. Over ice Japanese-style won hands down!
The beauty and simplicity of brewing over ice is it can be done with most any brewing method! In your regular drip brewer, Clever Coffee Dripper, any pour over method or the Aeropress. I cannot think of a way to do this in the French Press. If you have a recipe or process for the French Press, I would love to hear it.
Brewing coffee directly over ice immediately cools down the coffee and highlights some flavor nuances you would not taste drinking hot coffee. The ice locks in flavors and aromatics. I prefer this method over cold brew. That's another day's blog. I most commonly brew this method in the Chemex. Some things to remember:
Basic 40 oz Chemex Over Ice Japanese-style is:
Serve coffee in a glass of cubed ice. Another little twist is to use a little less water still and add a splash of cold selter water to the glass for sparkling coffee over ice.
Or using the same ratios, brew coffee over ice using your Chemex Ottomatic. It is so much simpler!