Last updated on October 27th, 2023 at 14:37
Is there a coffee that is better and more refreshing than an iced coffee with coconut milk? If you were to respond positively yes, I’d focus on your nose to make sure that it is not growing!
Coconut coffee is an obviously delicious coffee that has that habit of reminding us of summer, but did you know that it is incredibly healthy, vegan, gluten-free and keto friendly?
Even if you are on a special diet, you have no excuse for not making this amazing coffee at home with the Thai iced coffee with coconut recipe below, or the instruction for making an exceptional variation of a Dalgona coffee, a coconut Dalgona coffee!
Keep reading for the details!
Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk
Table Of Content
- 1 Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk
- 2 Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk Recipe – Thai Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk Recipe
- 3 Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk Starbucks
- 4 Iced Coffee With Coconut Cream
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk
- 5.1 How Many Calories In An Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk?
- 5.2 Does Coconut Milk Separate In Iced Coffee?
- 5.3 Why Does Coconut Milk Separate In Iced Coffee?
- 5.4 Why Do You Put Coconut Milk In Coffee?
- 5.5 Which Coconut Milk Is Best For Coffee?
- 5.6 How Much Coconut Milk Can I Drink A Day?
- 5.7 How Do You Make Coconut Milk Not Curdle?
- 6 Final Thoughts – Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk
Iced coffee with coconut milk is amazing, tasty and, if you have never tried it before, it is better than you think or can even imagine!
It is that good!
It’s also very, very healthy and adds nutrient and healthy MCT – medium chain triglycerides, which are healthy fats that have innumerable health benefits, but my favorite is lauric acid, which is both antiviral and antimicrobial. It is this compound that screams out to me “make coconut coffee your morning coffee in flu season”.
The electrolytes and hydration properties make perfect sense to enjoy an iced coffee with coconut milk as a morning or afternoon coffee.
In a little jiffy, I’ll give you a recipe for making Thai iced coffee with coconut milk, which has a special ingredient that I love adding to my coffee drinks!
Honey adds to the healthy properties of both coconut and coffee, giving you an incredible nutritional boost and like coconuts has antiviral and antimicrobial properties with the bonus of being antibacterial too.
Let’s get to that recipe!
Read: Coconut cream coffee
Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk Recipe – Thai Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk Recipe
It’s hardly surprising that in the tropics where both coffee and coconuts are grown that someone had the genius idea of putting the ingredients together and coming up with a great coconut coffee.
Having spent 5 years in the land of smiles, I can personally assure you that a Thai iced coffee with coconut milk is tantalizingly amazing and will soon have your taste buds dancing!
It’s cream, rich, tasty and 100% gluten-free, 100% vegan friendly and 100% Keto friendly.
It’s decadent, delightful and delicious.
Let’s get to this recipe.
Ingredients Needed for Making Thai Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk
At Latte Love Brew we encourage you to follow the barista principle of using the best ingredients and best equipment to get the best results.
As a side note, it is not 100% essential that you make your coffee using an espresso machine as in Thailand, especially when you are off the beaten track and well away from the tourist trap.
Espresso machines are rarely used with brewed coffee, dripped coffee or the Thai version of sock coffee is used. Sock coffee is coffee brewed through a large flannel (usually cotton) filter. The sock name comes from the shape.
You can of course use a moka pot or an espresso machine which are used in the cities and tourist areas and increasing in rural areas.
Trust me, I know Thailand, I speak Thai and have spent 5 years in the country.
- Brewed Coffee Or Espresso: Strong coffee is required; Thais tend to use a medium roast, so do as what Thai’s do. Later you can adjust and try dark roast. First time making this use a medium roast premium quality whole beans.
- Coconut Milk: Use a brand that sources their coconuts from Thailand for an authentic Thai iced coffee. Thai coconuts tend to be sweet coconuts.
- Raw Honey: Surprisingly, honey in Thailand tends to be raw honey that is used. It’s provided by nature and available in abundance.
- Cardamom Powder: Use freshly ground cardamom.
- Ice Cubes: How Thais serve their iced coffee with coconut milk varies, sometimes its crushed ice, sometimes ice cubes. Your choice here!
Now let’s get to making this amazing and tasty Thai iced coffee with coconut milk.
Instructions For Making Your Thai Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk
If you are using brewed coffee to make this coffee beverage, use a coffee to water ratio of 1:15. Even though brewed coffee has a ratio of 1:17, the slightly stronger and more focused ratio will produce a slightly stronger coffee that will cut through the coconut milk and bring around a more balanced taste.
Start by weighing your whole coffee beans and weigh 12 grams (0.4 Oz) and then grind them to an even and medium-coarse grind size using a ceramic flat burr coffee grinder.
Grind in bursts of 5 seconds and rest for 3 seconds.
Brew your coffee: 6 Oz (180 ml) is all that is needed.
If you are using your moka pot, use a coffee to water ratio of 1:8 instead of the regular 1:10. Weigh 22.5 (0.75 Oz) grams of whole beans. Grind your beans using a ceramic flat burr coffee grinder using the grind in bursts technique.
Add your ground coffee to your moka pot and 180 ml (6 Oz) of water and brew your moka pot coffee. Best results are achieved when you preheat your water to 70C (160F).
For an espresso shot, at Latte Love Brew, we prefer to use the original dose and ratios of an espresso, which are known as the Italian ratios. This is a 1 Oz (30 ml) and a coffee to water ratio of 1:1.5.
For this recipe we will need a double shot and thus 40 grams of whole coffee beans will be needed. Grind your beans to a very fine powder like espresso grind size of 200 microns.
Pull your shots.
Chilling Your Coffee
Since this is an iced coffee drink you’ll need to chill your coffee and coffee is best enjoyed fresh as it starts to lose flavor after just half an hour.
Thus, you will need to use the Latte Love Brew Shakerato technique!
Add ice cubes to your cocktail shaker or mason jar and pour your coffee slowly over the ice cubes and shake with vigor for 30 to 45 seconds.
Your coffee will be instantly cooled.
Preparing Your Coconut Milk
Curiously, your coconut milk is best heated to get the flavor of the cardamom into the coconut milk. It’s also better for getting a good even distribution of the flavor from the honey.
Add all your ingredients to a saucepan; use 12 Oz (180 ml) of Thai coconut milk; this ingredient can be sweet Thai coconut milk or unsweetened. Let your coconut milk simmer until half of it has evaporated. Stir regularly.
When it is ready, cool your coconut milk using the shakerato technique.
Pour your sweetened condensed coconut milk into your coffee and add ice, or crush some ice and add it to your cocktail shaker and shake well and then pour the contents into a tall glass and enjoy.
Note: Some recipes include the use of maple syrup, this ingredient is not readily available in Thailand and is not used in the original Thai iced coffee with coconut milk that is made in the asian nation. You can add a little almond extract or a drop of vanilla extract for additional flavor.
You can use this same recipe and exchange the coconut milk for almond milk or coconut cream for a more decadent coffee.
Read: Coconut coffee
Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk Starbucks
You can order iced coffee with coconut from Starbucks be it an iced latte, iced cappuccino, iced macchiato or whatever drink it may be even cold brew, you can order it to be made with coconut milk.
All their hot drinks and iced drinks have the option of being made with coconut milk instead of regular milk.
Starbucks uses sweetened single origin coconut milk, which the coconuts are sourced from Sumatra, Indonesia.
Their coconut latte, hot or iced, has hints of vanilla due to the vanilla bean powder used. Technically and strictly speaking, using the naming culture, a Starbucks coconut milk latte, hot or iced, is an upside down coconut milk latte.
Iced Coffee With Coconut Cream
To make an iced coffee with coconut cream and enjoy the fabulous health benefits of coconut and honey, follow the instructions for the Thai iced coffee recipe above.
The result will be a richer, creamier and more decadent coffee with a richer texture and heavier mouthfeel.
You can also get very exotic and add your espresso shots to coconut cream after whipping it, then whip it a second time with the coffee added, both blend it well and to get a dessert like coffee, the exotic Dalgona coffee!
Serve your coconut Dalgona coffee in a tall glass and add coconut flakes to decorate.
Frequently Asked Questions About Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk
How Many Calories In An Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk?
A Starbucks Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) iced coffee with coconut milk has 25 calories.
Does Coconut Milk Separate In Iced Coffee?
Yes, unfortunately some coconut milk does separate in iced coffee and cause lumps due to being cooled beyond their solidification state.
This is why it is a good idea to use barista-branded alternative milks as they are modified to be perfect for coffee, both hot and cold as well as having no issue with steaming and frothing.
Why Does Coconut Milk Separate In Iced Coffee?
Coconut milk has the potential of separating in both iced coffee and hot coffee, other non-dairy milks have the same problem.
Coconut milk separates at low temperatures due to being taken below their state of solidification. At high temperatures, it can curdle. The easiest solution is to use the barista brand of alternative milks.
Why Do You Put Coconut Milk In Coffee?
Coconut milk is vegan friendly, gluten-free and perfect for a keto friendly diet. It’s also great tasting and adds healthy fats and nutrients to your diet.
Which Coconut Milk Is Best For Coffee?
By far any coconut milk or cream that is marked with the word “Barista” is much better for hot and cold coffee beverages, be it latte, an iced coffee or cold brew coffee as it has been adjusted to be perfect for both coffee and tea drinks.
How Much Coconut Milk Can I Drink A Day?
According to nutritionists and health professionals, limiting your saturated fat intake to less than 10% of your total calorie consumption.
How Do You Make Coconut Milk Not Curdle?
You have few options and techniques that you can use to prevent coconut milk from curdling. One is to add a drop, just a drop of Xanthan to your coconut milk, another is to use Gellan gum and finally, a very common technique is to add a tablespoon of cornflour to a regular 400 ml can of coconut milk.
Of course, the most convenient way to buy and use Barista coconut milk.
Final Thoughts – Iced Coffee With Coconut Milk
I hope that you enjoyed making the Thai iced coffee with coconut milk and the awesome twist on a Dalgona coffee and giving it a more luxurious feel!
Coffee is healthy, tens of thousands of studies back that up, coconuts and honey are very good for your health too. You now have the choice of starting your day with regular coffee or starting it with a very healthy coffee packed with nutrients and healthy fats.
Make the wise choice and make your morning brew very healthy!
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