Let’s be real, coffee isn’t just a breakfast beverage anymore. While a cup of joe is a great way to wake up in the morning, coffee is also the perfect midday pick-me-up or even after-dinner drink depending on how it’s prepared.
And then, of course, there’s frozen coffee. This delicious caffeinated concoction is the perfect way to cool off and is an all-around fun and tasty way to enjoy your daily coffee. Read on to learn about how to make frozen coffee at home so you can be your own barista.
Finding the Perfect Blend
Coffee is complex. The type of bean, blend, roasting method, and even geographical source has a dramatic impact on the flavor of the finished product. From fruity and floral notes to nutty and smoky blends, there’s truly something for everyone in the coffee spectrum.
Finding your perfect coffee blend is the first step to creating your ideal frozen coffee concoction. But it’s definitely not the only step. Frozen coffee isn’t simply hot coffee placed in the freezer. Making frozen coffee is all about the beans and the blending method. It’s a perfect ratio of strong, finely ground coffee beans, the ratio of ice, the addition of complimentary ingredients (e.g., milk or cream, different flavors), and the use of a blender to achieve the ideal consistency. And, of course, there are the toppings.
Personalize Your Homemade Frozen Coffee
While everything from beans to temperature and brew method can affect homemade frozen coffee, the add-ins can truly make your brew one-of-a-kind.
Here are some of our favorite tips for how to make frozen coffee drinks uniquely your own:
Make it Dessert: Step aside espresso martinis...an “affogato” is the perfect sweet treat that can keep you cool and caffeinated no matter the season. Pour some coffee or espresso over your ice cream and top it off with shaved dark chocolate or hazelnut. If you want to go for a more indulgent feel, go crazy with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and even a cherry on top - it’s truly up to you!
Choose the Right Ice: All ice is the same, right? Wrong! The shape and age of ice can affect the consistency of frozen coffee. Ice crystal size plays an important factor in the consistency of a frozen coffee. And adding too much ice can make your brew watered down over time. One option: make your ice cubes out of coffee! Coffee cubes blend up perfectly to make frozen coffee, or can be a great addition to your morning glass of the iced beverage.
Make it Pop: Add fun to your day by making a frozen coffee popsicle! You’ll feel like a kid again - but now as an adult with the perfect caffeinated snack on a hot day.
Add Your Flavor: Adding flavors will help put your own personalized spin on the perfect frozen coffee drink. Frozen coffee is the perfect foundation for all your favorite seasonal flavors. Try a pumpkin spice frozen coffee just in time for fall, or skip right to the holiday season by adding nutmeg, cinnamon, and/or ginger for a Christmas feel.
Make it Boozy: This one is strictly for the adults in the room. Adding a splash of coffee liquor, Irish cream liquor, or whiskey to your frozen coffee adds an extra dimension - and a little kick - to your cold confection.
ColdSnap™ Frozen Coffee
But if your wondering what’s truly the best way to make frozen coffee at home - look no further than the ColdSnap™ system! ColdSnap is the easiest way and produces the best tasting frozen coffees Simply place a Snappuccino™ pod into the ColdSnap appliance, wait two minutes, and then enjoy a perfectly smooth and creamy frozen coffee at your fingertips. This frozen treat makes the perfect base for your wildest coffee dreams so you can add toppings and flavorings to your liking.
Contact us today to learn more about ColdSnap™ - a soon-to-be-released rapid freezing appliance that produces single servings of frozen confections and frozen beverages in two minutes or less. Or check out our blog for frozen coffee machine recipes and more.