In Japan, iced coffee has been drunk since Taishō period (around the 1920s) in coffeehouses.
It is served with gum syrup and milk.
Japan's summer is very hot and iced coffee is loved by many people.
Cold tea was already popular, so it was natural to drink cold coffee.
Freshly brewed and full of flavor, Iced Coffee is the perfect pick-me-up any time of day or night, giving you the boost you need to keep on running!
It takes some planning, but its full, rich flavor makes the wait worthwhile.
How is it made?
The ideal coffee for this cold drink is a blend of mid-roasted beans with moderate acid.
Using a dark roast and beans high in acid produces a sharper, more bitter result.
Iced coffee is made in a variety of ways, but essentially they come down to two formats.
Iced coffee may be served already chilled, or poured hot over ice.
First, you can make hot coffee the way you normally would and then cool it by letting it drip directly into ice.
The second format is a cold-brew
Cold brew coffee is also common in Japan, where it is known as Dutch coffee, due to the historical Dutch coffee trade from Indonesia.
As the Summer warm weather slowly graces us with her presence, there's one thing on all our caffeinated minds -- a nice ice cold brew of coffee.
With this method, as the name indicates, the coffee is never hot.
You put grounds in cold water and let it steep there for hours before drinking.
Ice coffee completed
Because sugar does not dissolve readily into cold liquids, it must be added either directly to the hot base, or to the finished product in the form of syrup.
The acidity and bitterness of hot coffee are just about absent in cold-brews.
So the next time you see that friend sipping on an iced coffee while shivering in the cold, remember he or she gets the last laugh and the tastier coffee.