5 Tips for Better Iced Coffee

Yimmies Cafe Iced Coffee

Watered down cold coffee, un-tasteful, lacking flavor, bitter or bland, is the poor excuse for coffee you probably make every day and you have been passionately yelling, “HOW DO I MAKE BETTER ICED COFFEE?”. Well, don’t yell, because we are here to help! Here are the top 5 tips for making the best iced coffee your luscious eyes could feast on, and possibly become Hokage someday. (Believe it.)

Tip #1 – Make Your Coffee Strong

Before you go talking about how you can’t handle strong coffee, let us explain! When you make iced coffee, you are pouring a hot beverage over ice, which in turn melts that ice. You fill up the cup (all the way) with ice. After that, pour the hot coffee in and it will fill up with a lot of water and ice, because the coffee is going through a process of cooling, it will melt the ice, thus diluting your coffee.

Tip #2 – Do Not Refrigerate Your Coffee

If you make your iced coffee by brewing it, refrigerating it, then pouring it with over ice, you might want to stop. In theory, there is nothing wrong with this at all, but you risk quality for convenience. When you refrigerate your coffee for future consumption, you allow the coffee to age more, especially in a cooler atmosphere, coffee will begin to form very interesting layers of bitterness (like souring of the lips) and this depends from roast to roast, which brings us to our next tip.

Tip #3 – Pick Good Roasts

When brewing iced coffee, we find a medium roast is the best since it handles the textures so well. A light roast will taste too watered down, and a dark roast will over-power the water with cold temperature. We recommend a Kona, El Salvadorian, or Metropolis’ Schweik's Blend for your iced coffee needs.

Tip #4 – Clean Your Coffee Machine

This is a very general tip which a lot of people don’t do. The mineral build up on your coffee machine can alter the taste which will push your ultimate goal of making the best cup of iced coffee. Stay clean, keep yourself safe and use a little mineral remover or descaling solution for your coffee machine. Here is a good one to pick up.

Tip #5 – Using Milk or Dairy Additives

Make sure when embellishing your iced coffee to use a heavy creamer, as skim or 2% milk will water down your coffee, more fat equals more flavor. Personally tested (and what we use for our Cold Brew!) lactose-free creamers and dehydrated creamers work well with iced coffee as well, so do not be afraid to dabble in that field.


In case you are wondering, here is how coffee shops make iced coffee, grabbed from our previous blog, “Cold Brew Vs. Iced Coffee” Here is a run-down, plus some.

  “…A lot of businesses brew a hot cup container of coffee, and refrigerate it until the beverage is cold, and other businesses only brew a strong, extracted amount of coffee, cut with ice water, then that makes an iced coffee. Most consumers are satisfied with just this, but the biggest issue which is often avoided and overlooked in this process is dilution. A lot of companies cut their coffee, with hot brewed extract, then dump over ice, and then cut again with water. The issue is when you put hot coffee over ice, you produce water so you will get a very watered down taste which doesn't really taste good, and believe me, you can taste the difference once you compare. Besides that, the general process and concept of Iced Coffee is quite simple, and is most commonly drank.”

 

Clever Uses for Coffee Grinds

What if we told you that something you use, and throw out most of the day can help you solve a lot of problems in your life. Yes, you have a lot of problems. But it’s OK! Because we are here to help you solve these pesky problems with coffee! Now, with some simple recycle & reuse, all, if not most, of your problems will disappear! (We are not liable if your problems don’t disappear, sorry ☹) By coffee, we mean brewed coffee grinds that you always throw away, yes those! What if we told you that you shouldn’t throw coffee grinds and just keep them because they have so many uses. Surprised, right?!? So were we! Sit back, take out that note pad, class is in session, today we will be talking about the clever uses for your coffee grinds that you throw away. Oh, and it doesn’t matter the roast of beans you use, or how old the grinds are.

1. Natural Dirt Fertilizer

Yimmies Coffee Grind Fertilizer Dirt Hand

Don’t throw away those grinds! They are great for rejuvenating and revitalizing dirt to grow all sorts of plants. The used coffee grinds adds Potassium, Magnesium and Nitrogen to your soil which helps energize, fertilizer and help make your plants grow healthier. It uses a formula known as N-P-K to grow and maintain your dirt so you have top quality dirt! Look at you!

2. Natural Baking Soda (Odor Absorb-er)

Yimmies Coffee Grind Baking Soda

It’s simple, coffee grinds absorb odor, just as baking soda does, so put that money away!

3. Scent for some cool candles

Yimmies Coffee Candle Scent

This one is really creative, grab some coffee grinds and put it at the bottom of your candle near the weight and wick. Add your scent-free wax and now you have a quality coffee candle! *sniff sniff*

4. Bringing the worms (We are talking to you, fishers!)

Yimmies Coffee Grind Dirt Worms

This goes hand in hand with natural dirt fertilizer. Worms love coffee grinds and are attracted to the smell. We feel you worms, so do we! Just mix it in with your dirt and wait a few cycles for the worms to attract to your dirt, great for flowers as well.

5. Painting!

 Source: http://galleryhip.com/painting-with-coffee.html

Source: http://galleryhip.com/painting-with-coffee.html

This one is our favorite. When you mix used coffee grinds with water, it will create a light brown water color, which you can use for painting! You can create a whole bunch of other effects and uses such as dipping paper in the mixture to create an old-aged looking paper, as well as turning photos into an aged look.

6. Pest Repellent

Yimmies Coffee Grind Pest Repellent

When you mix your seeds that you plant into the dirt with coffee grinds, you keep the bugs away. Lots of bugs such as ants, snails, slugs and other leaf eating herbivores, and possibly cats!

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The list goes on! These are just a few tips and tricks with coffee grinds, and we will most likely revisit this subject in the future. If you have or know of any cool uses for coffee grinds, send them our way and we’d love to share it with the rest of the coffee world.

Caffeine Champion: Coffee Vs. Latte


A lot of us savor over the thought of drinking that cup of coffee in the morning to kick start our day, surrounded by the aroma and warmth of that first drink, reminding us of that exhale of comfort, similar to laying down in a jacuzzi at first touch, warm but soothing to the soul. Some drink lattes or swift shots of espresso with the intentions of jacking our brain cells and energy levels to kick us into action as we prepare for our day, ignoring the unavoidable bitter and sometimes enjoyable taste of deep, refined and dark coffee roasted beans.

Now, some say coffee has the most caffeine, others argue that espresso, in a latte, proportionate in size has the more heavily dense and concentrated caffeine, the taste says it all! Well, we are here to find out who reigns champion, Coffee Vs. Latte, condensed espresso vs refined, course light beans.

Coffee, in its simplicity, is water. Hot water filters through coffee grinds, course or fine as preference. When the hot water filters through, it is able to grab all the oil with it, in which is dark in color. The oil is what we call coffee. The oil from coffee beans contains caffeine, varying in strength. The lighter the roast, more caffeine, the darker the roast, the less amount of caffeine. Reasoning behind this is that the darker the roast, the more the bean is cooked, and when something is cooked longer, or darker in this case, the more the moisture evaporates and is removed from the bean, meaning there is less caffeine or oil present. Once the hot water filters through the beans, we are left with a final product of coffee. Very simple. We can say now that light roasted beans have the most caffeine, as compared to dark which has less. If you are still confused, read this next paragraph for further explanation. If you got it, jolly! Skip the next paragraph!

So, we shall continue. Now, if you are still questioning, "So, how does this dark and light thing work? It doesn't make sense! Dark tastes so much stronger, I feel so alert!!". Now, it is false to say dark has NO caffeine, just a lot less. Some say that the bitter taste of dark plays a placebo on the mind in terms of alertness and caffeine content. But let me give you an example. Eggs. When they are cooked, to the prime, light method of sunny side up, you are left with an abundantly nutritional meal, simple and sustainable in terms of taste. Now say we burn the
eggs, we are left with a black form that has little nutritional value, and the darkest and bitterest of taste. I hope you got it now! :)

OK. Lattes are the most delicious form of caffeine packed beverage. Lattes, in their most blandest understanding, is Espresso (condensed dark coffee) mixed in with milk, which can vary in fat content. The fatter the milk, the more smooth and silky the latte will taste. Now, don't go drinking half/half latte's (I'm looking at you Keto dietors). One could say that due to the Espresso content in the Latte's, Latte's are more caffeine packed which is true in one form.

 

 Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372

Now, which one wins? Which has more caffeine? And the answer is, it depends. Yes, it depends what you are drinking and how your drink was made. It depends on the ratio of your coffee-to-water, as well as the amount espresso-to-water. We could say that, with a standard of 16oz latte which traditionally contains 2 shots of espresso, and a 16oz coffee with a standard ratio of 1.5 cups of water for each tablespoon of coffee, it is said that the cup of coffee contains more caffeine. Yes, in proportional industry standards of brew ratio and espresso content, a cup ofcoffee has more caffeine.