So basically, my question is, what is the best way to make iced coffee using an equal ratio of coffee to water as regular brewed coffee?
I'm in the process of opening a cafe and am trying to find a good iced coffee. I actually introduced cold brewing to Hattiesburg, but it's not really what I'm looking for now. What I want is an iced coffee that I can charge the same price I charge for a hot coffee of the same size. It's hot in Mississippi! I feel like being able to offer an iced coffee as an equivalent substitute for brewed coffee would attract a whole new set of customers during the hot 3/4 of the year.
Don't get me wrong, I love cold brewing. I've experimented with it for years until finding the perfect cold brew, which I brew all the time at home. It takes so much coffee though, the price has to be significantly higher than brewed coffee. It just doesn't offer an iced coffee which can be a hot weather substitute for brewed coffee.
So, what's wrong with brewing coffee the night before and chilling over night? I cringe at the idea, but I don't know exactly why. I know coffee grinds absorb flavors in a cooler, but does brewed coffee? If it's not a good method, why not? And if that's out and cold brews out, what's my next move?
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