Ahhh! Summertime. And the living is easy. Well.. not so much. Hot weather can be quite unforgiving if you suffer from it, like I do.

For me, summer comes with a conflicting paradox:

  1. I love coffee. I cannot live without it - yeah, I know. I can, but for the sake of the argument, follow my lead here.
  2. I hate being hot and sweating.
  3. If I drink hot coffee, I start to get hot and sweat.

So, in order to solve this paradox, how about if we go for a Cold Brew?

Cold Brew coffee is about infusing the gound coffee in cold or room temperature water and let it rest for a long period of time. There is no other secret to it.

After much experimenting, I came up with my favourite recipe which I’m glad I can share it with you.


  • 110 grams of coffee beans
  • 1 liter of filtered water
  • 8 pods of Cardamome


  1. Open the cardamome pods and extract the seeds
  2. Coarsely ground the coffee and the cardamome seeds together
  3. Fill a jar or pitcher with the filtered water
  4. Put the ground coffee and cardamome seeds in the water
  5. Mix thoroughly with a spoon
  6. Make sure that the jar or pitcher is covered by something, even a cloth with an elastic band will do.
  7. Let the mix rest at room temperature for 8 hours
  8. Mix the water again with a spoon
  9. Put the mix in the fridge for another 8 hours or more
  10. Filter the coffee with a french press or similar

How to serve it

My favorite way is:

  1. In a 200 cm3 glass, add 4 medium sized ice cubes
  2. Fill it to 3/4 with the cold bew
  3. Add a thin slice of lemon
  4. Complete it with filtered water