How to Make a Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew at Home

Joshua Allerton
February 21, 2024

There's something undeniably luxurious about the combination of salted caramel and cold brew coffee. It's a treat I've come to love, especially on those warm afternoons when you're craving something sweet yet refreshing. That's why I've perfected my own salted caramel cream cold brew recipe that's both easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Making this indulgent drink at home not only saves you a trip to the coffee shop but also allows you to control the sweetness and strength of your coffee. Trust me, once you've tried this homemade version, you'll be hooked. Let's dive into how you can create this coffee shop favourite in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Choosing the Right Coffee Beans

When we dive into the heart of making that perfect salted caramel cream cold brew, I can't stress enough how crucial it is to pick the right coffee beans. It's like choosing the foundation for your house; get it wrong, and you're in for a shaky experience. But nail it, and you're set for a satisfyingly smooth ride.

First off, let’s talk coffee bean roast level. For cold brew, medium to dark roast beans work wonders. They bring out a rich, robust flavour without the bitterness. Think of it as the ideal backdrop for the sweet, salty whispers of caramel that we'll be introducing. Now, I’ve experimented with various beans, and the rule of thumb I've found to work best is opting for beans that have a chocolaty or nutty profile. These complement the salted caramel like a dream.

Where you source your beans from matters too. Ideally, you want beans that are freshly roasted. If you’ve got a local roaster nearby, that's your gold mine right there. Not only does this support local businesses, but you also get to enjoy the freshest, most flavourful beans. Remember, the fresher the beans, the more delightful your cold brew will be.

Let’s not forget about grind size. For cold brew, we’re aiming for a coarse grind. Think sea salt texture. Too fine, and your coffee might end up overly bitter, overshadowing the delicate balance we’re after with our salted caramel twist.

Choosing the right coffee beans might require a bit of trial and error, but believe me, when you find your perfect match, it elevates your salted caramel cream cold brew experience to new heights. Each sip becomes a harmonious blend of bold coffee smoothly interlaced with sweet and salty notes, creating a symphony of flavours in your mouth. So, take your time, experiment with different beans, and discover what tickles your taste buds the most.

Making the Salted Caramel Sauce

The highlight of a salted caramel cream cold brew, for me, isn't just the coffee. It's the homemade salted caramel sauce. This sauce brings a rich, velvety sweetness with a hint of saltiness that perfectly complements the depth of the coffee. Its creation is easier than you might think and requires only a handful of ingredients. Here's how I go about making it:

  • Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  1. Heat the granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a heat-resistant spatula or wooden spoon. The sugar will form clumps but eventually melt into a thick, amber-coloured liquid.
  2. Once the sugar is completely melted, add the butter. Be careful, as the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added. Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Very slowly, drizzle in the heavy cream while stirring. Since the cream is colder than the caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added. Allow the mixture to boil for about 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.
  4. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the sea salt. Allow it to cool down before using. The salted caramel sauce will thicken as it cools.

I find that this salted caramel sauce not only elevates my salted caramel cream cold brew but also works wonders in various other desserts. Its versatility is what makes dedicating time to perfect it worthwhile. Remember, the quality of your ingredients can greatly affect the outcome, so I always opt for the best quality butter and cream I can find. Experimenting with different types of sugar can also adjust the flavour profile, offering subtle variations that might suit your taste even better.

Preparing the Cold Brew Concentrate

When it comes to making salted caramel cream cold brew, getting the cold brew concentrate right is crucial. I've found that a strong, smooth cold brew base not only complements the rich, sweet notes of the salted caramel but also ensures that the final drink is utterly refreshing. Here's how I make my concentrate, and I promise it's simpler than you might think.

First things first, you'll need:

  • Coarse-ground coffee (100 grams)
  • Cold water (600 ml)

And here’s how to whip it up:

  1. Combine the coarse-ground coffee with cold water in a large jar or pitcher. Make sure the coffee is thoroughly soaked.
  2. Cover and let it steep in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours. This slow extraction process is what gives cold brew its smooth, gentle strength.
  3. After steeping, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter. You might need to do this a couple of times to get rid of all the grounds.

Voila! You've got yourself a cold brew concentrate that is robust and ready to be transformed into an exquisite salted caramel cream cold brew.

A few tips to keep in mind:

  • The Coffee: Opt for a medium to dark roast for a rich flavour that won’t get overpowered by the sweet caramel.
  • The Grind: Coarse grind is key—it's large enough to be filtered out easily and ensures a smooth flavour without any bitterness.
  • The Ratio: Stick to a 1:6 ratio of coffee to water for a concentrate that’s strong but not too overwhelming.
  • The Steep Time: Don’t rush the steeping process. Longer steep times result in richer flavours.

Remember, the quality of the cold brew concentrate lays the foundation for your salted caramel cream cold brew. It’s worth taking the time to get it just right.

Assembling the Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew

Now that you've got your rich and robust cold brew concentrate ready, it's time to bring together the sweet and irresistible flavours of our salted caramel cream cold brew. Trust me, this part is as satisfying as it sounds, and with a bit of care, you're moments away from a sensational coffee experience. Here's a step-by-step guide, peppered with helpful tips to ensure your drink turns out perfectly.

Ingredients

  • Cold brew concentrate
  • Ice cubes
  • Salted caramel syrup
  • Heavy cream (or a dairy-free alternative)
  • Sea salt
  • Optional: Whipped cream for topping

Steps

  1. Prepare Your Glass: Start with a tall glass filled half-way with ice cubes. I find that a generous amount of ice really elevates the experience, giving it that crisp, refreshing edge.
  2. Add Cold Brew: Pour about 180ml of your cold brew concentrate over the ice. This is the soul of your drink, so don’t be shy with it.
  3. Sweeten With Salted Caramel: Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of salted caramel syrup. This is where the magic happens, blending the rich caramel sweetness with a hint of saltiness that really pops.
  4. Cream It Up: Lightly whip 60ml of heavy cream with a pinch of sea salt until it forms soft peaks. Gently pour this over the back of a spoon onto your cold brew, creating a beautiful, creamy layer that floats atop the coffee.
  5. Customise: Here's where you can get creative. If you fancy, add a dollop of whipped cream on top and a final drizzle of salted caramel syrup for that extra indulgence.
  • Use Quality Ingredients: Just like with the cold brew concentrate, the quality of your salted caramel syrup and cream can make or break this drink. Aim for the best you can get.
  • Chill Your Glass: If you want to keep your drink cooler for longer, pop the glass in the fridge for a few minutes before assembling.

And there you have it. With these simple steps, you'll craft not just a drink, but an experience that balances robust coffee flavours with the luxurious richness of salted caramel and cream.

Serving and Enjoying Your Homemade Creation

After perfecting the art of making Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew, it's time to dive into the best ways to serve and enjoy this delightful beverage.

First things first, presentation matters just as much as taste. I've found that serving this rich drink in a clear glass not only showcases the beautiful layers but also elevates the overall experience. Before pouring, I always make sure my glasses are chilled; it’s a simple trick that keeps your drink colder for longer.

When it’s time to serve, here’s how I like to do it:

  1. Fill the glass halfway with ice cubes - this ensures your cold brew remains chilly without being watered down too quickly.
  2. Pour the cold brew concentrate over the ice, filling the glass to about three quarters.
  3. Gently add the salted caramel syrup. Watching it swirl with the coffee is part of the joy.
  4. Top the drink with a generous layer of whipped cream, and for that ultimate gourmet feel, a light sprinkle of sea salt.

Pro Tip: For an Instagram-worthy presentation, drizzle a little extra caramel syrup over the whipped cream and maybe a dash more of sea salt. It’s not just about the taste – it’s about creating a moment.

Enjoying your homemade Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew isn't just about the initial sip. It's about savouring each layer as you go. I recommend stirring it slightly before each sip to blend the salty sweetness of the caramel with the richness of the cream and the robustness of the coffee.

For those warmer days, or when I'm feeling a bit indulgent, swapping out regular ice cubes with coffee ice cubes adds an extra kick and keeps the drink from becoming diluted. It’s a game-changer.

Whether it’s a quiet morning at home or a brunch with friends, this beverage is sure to impress. And the best part? You’ve made it yourself. Nothing beats the satisfaction of enjoying a coffeehouse-quality drink in the comfort of your own home.

Conclusion

Crafting this salted caramel cream cold brew at home is more than just making a drink; it's about elevating your coffee experience. I've shared the secrets to achieving that coffeehouse quality in your kitchen, from the art of layering to the final, Instagram-worthy drizzle of caramel. Remember, the key is in the details—using coffee ice cubes for a richer flavour and a clear, chilled glass for that perfect presentation. So, go ahead, impress your friends or treat yourself to this luxurious concoction. There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of sipping a beautifully crafted coffee drink that you've made with your own hands. Cheers to many more delightful coffee moments at home!

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