Chocolate Cold bRew
Honey is something I use very little of. Even though it’s sweet, I don’t really like to add it to any desserts or similar.
However, when I was younger, I often drank tea, and just as my mom had taught me, I always used honey instead of sugar.
What you’ll Need
- Coffee Beans
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1 Big Tbsp Honey
So, I made a cold foam with honey, and I was surprised by how good of a combination it was! The sweet honey blended very well with the flavors from the cold brew. However, it still felt very refreshing and not as sugary sweet as it sometimes does when you add sugar or other sweeteners. As always when I find a nice combination for cold brew, I just need to create a recipe and let the cold brew community now about it.
Before you scroll any further. The foam actually became more of something in between foam and milk. I think it has to do with me adding too much honey. However, I wanted to be able to really feel the taste of the honey, and since it isn’t too strong in its taste, I had to add more than a foam would allow. If you still want a proper foam, I would suggest you use cream instead of milk. But I still prefer the not so foamy milk over cream.
I like to use high quality ingredients, but especially when it comes to something like honey. You get exactly what you pay for, and the only ingredient is honey. So, the producer can’t hide any bad taste behind any sweetener, fat, salt, or similar.
The honey I used is organic honey from Europe, but since most of DripBeans readers are from the USA, here is an equivalent brand which you can find on Amazon.
As usual, I’m using DripBeans coffee beans. More precisely, Everyday Hero Cold Brew Coffee whole beans, which I found to be the perfect match for the honey. It has a powerful taste but is not too dark for the sweet, refreshing honey flavors.
You can, of course, use any coffee you like, and you can, of course, also use ground coffee. However, I would recommend you to get freshly roasted whole beans for the best taste. If you don’t want to get ours, try to go to your local roastery. If you haven’t had the chance to try freshly roasted high quality beans yet, I’m sure that experience would blow your mind.
Okay, enough talking, let’s make some honey cold brew coffee!
Step 1 – Brew Your Cold Brew
As always, you need to start with the cold brew since it has to brew for 12-24hrs. You could, of course, buy drink ready cold brew. But, I would highly recommend you to make your own. The taste is just something else.
Grind your beans to a coarse grind and add them to your cold brew maker (or jar, french press, or similar). Then add water and make sure all the coffee gets wet. How much coffee and water? Well, it all depends on how much cold brew you want to make, but if we are talking about ratio, I would recommend about 1:16. Coffee-to-water. If you want to read more about ratios, I posted a coffee-to-water ratio blog post some weeks ago.
Let the coffee brew for 12-24hrs and the filter out all the coffee ground. There you go, your homemade cold brew is ready.
Cold Brew Guide
If you want an in detail cold brew guide, you can find our cold brew video guide here.
Step 2 – The Honey Cold Foam
The honey cold foam is very simple to make. I did it using a french press, but you can also use a milk frother. If you want to see exactly how I made the foam using a French press, you can watch this recipe, which I posted on YouTube. You basically just add all the foam ingredients to the french press and then incorporate air to the milk by pushing the French press filter up and down.
So to make the honey cold foam, add about ½ a cup of skim milk together with 1 big spoon of honey to your frech press or milk frother, and the start the foaming. As I mentioned in the intro, the honey makes it hard to create a great foam. You’ll most likely end up with something in between milk and foam, but it tastes great anyway. If you really want a foam that stays on top of the cold brew, use cream instead of milk.
After the foaming is done, you’re ready for serving.
Step 3 – Pour Up the Honey Cold Brew Coffee
Everything is ready, you just have to pour it up. You’ll, of course, need the cold brew and the honey foam now, but you’ll also want to have a nice tall glass and some ice ready.
Take the glass and add a lot of ice, who doesn’t like their ice coffee ice cold? Then pour in the cold brew. If you brewed it with a high coffee-to-water ratio, you might want to save some extra space for extra water as well. But if you used the ratio I recommended, 1:16, you’re fine. Just make sure to save some space for the honey foam.
And lastly, add the nice honey cold foam on top. Hopefully, it will stay on top of the ice and the cold foam, but even if it doesn’t (as for me), it will still taste fantastic!
There you go, a nice ice cold honey foam cold brew coffee drink! Enjoy.