If you enjoy starting the day with a hot cup of coffee and ending the night with a nice meal and a delicious wine, you will fall in love with coffee-infused wine. The combination between these two drinks is fantastic if you get it right. You will get the best of both worlds. However, preparing coffee wine is not simple, and the taste can be horrendous if you don’t follow a recipe perfectly.
On the bright side of things, you don’t need to be a sommelier or barista in order to make coffee wine like an artisan. Everyone can do it from the comfort of their homes as long as they follow a dedicated guide. Here is where we come in. Today we will show you everything there is to know about coffee wine and how to brew it best.
What is Coffee Wine?
You probably heard of Irish coffee that infuses whisky into the mix. Coffee wine is the same, but it’s made in a different way. Pouring a little bit of whiskey into a cup of hot coffee will result in an Irish coffee. However, this is not the case for coffee wine. Go ahead and try pouring some of your favorite red wine over coffee and taste it. The flavor is more than likely going to be bad.
The reason why it’s difficult to get coffee wine just right is that each drink has a strong flavor. This is why learning how to mix them is critical if you want a rich and pleasant tasting experience. Don’t worry. We will help with that. There are two schools of thought when it comes to preparing coffee wine. Some winemakers prefer using an intensely flavored sweet wine, while others say that a lightly flavored dry wine goes better. There is no wrong choice here. You just have to pick the type of wine that you like most.
How to Brew Coffee Wine at Home
Start by selecting a coffee brand that you enjoy drinking in the morning. Our advice is to pick a full roast instead of lighter coffees because it has a rich flavor. Next, you need to use about twice you would regularly use for a cup and prepare a pot. You avoid stewing the coffee for too long.
Place the coffee ground in a bucket and pour on off-the-boil water. You now have to wait for a couple of minutes and then strain. Next, go ahead and add a couple of teaspoons of mixed acid and yeast nutrients. The key to making this work is a short contact time between the coffee grounds and the water. Make sure to use as many coffee grounds as possible and to only let them steep for a minute, two at max.
For the final steps, you need to keep adding sugar to the wine. If your wine coffee is strong, you should add sugar up to 1030 gravity. If your wine coffee is medium-strong, it’s best to add sugar up to 1015 gravity. The brew doesn’t need to mature because you used acid, and instead, you can go ahead and chill it. That’s it. Now, the coffee wine can be served.