Yimmies Cafe

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.”

 

Becoming a Coffee Hero

You use too much paper. Yes, you. You use too much paper, and you probably don’t even realize it. But I, a blogger, can help you. I have easily set in motion a solution that will help fix your unhealthy habit, along with millions of others. The solution is simple, and shocking at first, but a wave of comfort and logic will set in and you will be put to ease of the challenging epidemic that is heading our way. When you buy coffee at a cafe, ask for a ceramic or glass cup. Yes, I know you are sighing and probably find this somewhat uncomforting and a trivial nuisance, and yes many order your cups to go, but if you are sitting down in the café or coffee shop, ask for a ceramic or glass cup. Now, sit back, grab some popcorn (or coffee) and get ready for some fact checking statistics.

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.
— HuffingtonPost.com

Usually hot drinks are brought out in a ceramic cup, and a cold drink is brought out in a glass cup. The thought of having a hand-crafted beverage in a cup that you would usually use when you are at home, gives you a very pleasant experience.  The taste is more pure, simple and clean. You could say it’s a renewable organic product. You just clean ceramic, whereas recycling a paper cup is much costlier for mother nature. Rather than that, the comfort along with having a ceramic instead of a paper cup is great. It invokes emotions that relate to an “at home” feeling and one that allows you to focus more and stimulate ideas. Though science hasn’t confirmed this, nor do I think that there is even a study on this topic out there, I found this true for me. On top of that, we just consume a lot of coffee, and it so happens to be a lot of them are paper.

 

According to the paper industry, Americans will consume an estimated 23 billion paper coffee cups in 2010. Rob Martin, the Vice President of Merchandising and Production for Tully’s Coffee, estimated the 2006 use usage at 16 billion paper cups.
— Sustainabilityissexy.com

To say that we consumed beverages that carried about 23 billion paper cups in 2010 has a lot to say about our economy and our social lifestyles. It is also a reason why Yimmies Café is going to be initiating a frequent consumer program. When you, the customer, are frequent drinkers at the café, we make a cup with your name on it and leave it in our store so you don’t have to carry the cup around with you. On top of that, Yimmies will holding through on weekly cup orders, so if you want a drink ready at 7am, we will make it at 6:59, so that when you walk in through that Yimmies door, it is hot and ready for you to grab and go. The systems allow for fluid use as well as preventing the waste of materials.

 

We want to change the world, for the better. If that means reducing the number of pointless cups we use and/or throw away, then let it be. That is what this blog is all about, the Yimmies blog is about spreading knowledge, key in power and the sharing of information that revolves around this world of coffee and tea lovers. We will make Skokie the go to coffee shop. The goal is to make Skokie the city of coffee, and we are pretty confident that this will happen. We want to have a second Seattle, and with Yimmies and Skokie, and the power of coffee, we can achieve, and we hope you will join us.

 

So, be a hero and pick up your stuff, grab your book or laptop, head over to Yimmies, and when you make you order, ask for your drink to be, “for here”.

What is "Fair Trade"?

What is Fairtrade?

Imagine that you are a farmer, and at 4 am, you wake up and sluggishly get out of bed, forcing yourself to push the buttons on the coffee machine to get your hot cup of coffee ready. You scratch your face and yawn, rub your eyes as the wrinkles on your face appear with definition and you decide to get dressed for the day while the coffee is brewing. You head to your room, and put on your denim overalls, you two pair of socks to keep your feet warm in the morning and a long-sleeved t-shirt. You head to grab your cup of coffee, head outside and check the shack and look at your basic equipment that you use on your farm every day. You glance over your land and realize it is finally time to harvest. You put in about 12 hours of hard, back-breaking labor a day, with no breaks, and decide to sell your crops to a local manager who has forced you into a contract to sell, regardless of the buying price. You are told that this year, your crops will sell for twice below market value simply because of pay cuts from crop managers.

If you are like us, you see the term, "Fair Trade Certified" vividly displayed at most coffee houses, including Yimmies. What exactly do these coffee houses mean by Fair Trade? The FairTradeUSA.org defines Fair Trade as, "Fair Trade Certified products were made with respect to people and planet." Simply, Fair Trade certified products ensure that contractors, such as Monsanto for example (boooo!), cannot taint products and trap farmers into a income cut-forced contract that does not allow farmers to live on a fair wage. Fair Trade allows individuals to:

  • Make a livable income;
  • Provide a healthy crop for harvest, free of hazardous chemicals;
  • No GMOs;
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all farmers;
  • Help surrounding farmers and business' thrive within their community;
  • Build long and lasting relationships between business' and farmers;
  • Not forcing farmers into fixed worked schedules;
  • Help build smaller businesses in third world countries such as hospitals, food markets and much more..;
  • No Child Labor.

 

The good from utilizing fair trade is far beyond the coffee community, helping farmers of all products such as sugar, flour, rice and many more. It spreads the good that we are able to utilize within our country to others, that may find impossible to accomplish. Yimmies prides ourselves to know that all products and goods we purchase will come from a Fair Trade Certified business or raw good market in which we can help and reach out to other communities in other countries that will help grow the world into a more organic and enriched culture. It means doing more with our money and our daily tasks with a strong cycle of helping those that feed us, so that they can feed their children and their communities.

If you would like to find out more about Fair Trade Certified and how the process all starts, head to FairTradeUSA.org to find out how you can donate, or help the communities around you, or certify your business to be fair trade certified.

Do good, drink coffee, and smile!

 

Thank you to reddit user @NewClearHollowCost for the topic of discussion.