While the Hario Cold Brew Bottle is an excellent tool for making most types of cold brew coffee, it's not especially well-suited for making the New Orleans-style Iced Coffee.
For making New Orleans-style Iced Coffee at home, we recommend using
- the Toddy Brew System, or;
- the kitchen equipment, mentioned on the New Orleans recipe card that is included in each shipment of our regular and decaf Decaf New Orleans–Style Coffee and Chicory kits, as well as on our website.
Long story, short:
Because you're making a concentrate, while the amount of coffee used in the New Orleans-style Iced Coffee recipe is similar to the amount used when making most other styles of cold brew, the amount of water used when making New Orleans-style Iced Coffee is much, much smaller.
That smaller amount of water presents some significant challenges in making a delicious batch of New Orleans-style Iced Coffee in the Hario Cold Brew Bottle.
Here's more detail:
When making the New Orleans-style iced coffee, your goal is to make a very heavy-bodied, dense coffee concentrate. The Hario Bottle is designed to make a light-bodied, ready-to-drink iced coffee. So the ratio of coffee to water is much greater when making iced coffee in the Hario bottle.
The Hario Cold Brew Bottle recommended cold brew ratio:
55g coffee to 750g water (1 to 13.6)
New Orleans ratio:
12oz coffee to 64oz water (1 to 5.33)
That means that if you put 55g coffee into the Hario bottle to make a batch of New Orleans, you'd use only 293g water.
That small amount of water used to make that delicious concentrate (that works so well with dairy and non-dairy milks) would not reach even the bottom of the filter.
If you're determined (and we love determination!) to use the Hario bottle for New Orleans, you can try some workarounds like not attaching the filter full of coffee and chicory to the cap and just having the filter sit in the bottom of the bottle with the water.