I acquired my taste for iced coffee in the years I spent in Cambodia, where it is as ubiquitous as Coca Cola here in the Philippines. For about half a US dollar, one can have a tall glass of brewed coffee sweetened by condensed milk and topped with crushed ice. A truly delightful drink at any time of the day. This type of iced coffee is actually common in the region that includes Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Burma.
When I returned to the Philippines, I realized that there were more Vietnamese and Thai restaurants serving this concoction. Unfortunately none of them equaled the drink that I enjoyed in Cambodia. I also tried making it at home, even using ground coffee from Cambodia, but the taste was not quite the same.
I wondered why.
Then I read somewhere that when it came to making iced coffee, cold brewing is the best way to brew coffee. I’m not sure about that because I liked the iced coffee I had before, and it wasn’t cold brewed. The article stated that, “Cold brewed coffee has a full-flavored, very smooth, velvety taste. It is less acidic and less bitter than other types of coffee with a hint of chocolaty, nutty, natural sweetness.” It sounds appealing, but I think the process is too long; although if it really tastes awesome, I’d be willing to try it.
However, machines that do cold brewing are either difficult to find and/ or too pricey. Then I discovered this gadget called the COLD BRUER in my go-to website for gadgets and it can be had for USD 50.00 over at kickstarter.com. My curiosity is piqued; I’m just not sure if it is piqued enough for me to order said gadget. What about you?