Okay, maybe coffee wine is not the most popular drink in the world. It is likely, even that many of you are reading about it for the first time right now.
This is a recipe that is made with wine and coffee (yes, you guessed it), which is very attractive but needs to be balanced with great precision. It should not be confused with coffee liqueur, which is made from other spirits and has nothing to do with wine.
To prepare coffee wine, you don’t really need wine itself, but only the tannins and a little bit of wine yeast. Don’t you know what wine tannins are? Well, it is simply a natural chemical substance, present in wine (more in red than in white) and which comes from the solid parts of the grape bunches, such as the skin or the seeds.
The essence of this coffee wine recipe is to use the common elements that both drinks have so that the coffee enhances the natural qualities of the wine.
Let’s not forget that both the wine and the beans of some coffee varieties are left to rest to improve some of their properties, and of course the nuances and aroma play a fundamental role in the tasting of both elements.
Ingredients of homemade coffee wine
To make homemade coffee wine, you only need the following ingredients:
- 250 grams of coffee beans.
- A quarter of a teaspoon of wine tannins.
- One teaspoon of wine yeast.
- 3.5 litres of water.
- 1 kilo of brown sugar.
- 1 teaspoon of yeast.
- Half a teaspoon of citric acid
How coffee wine is made: Preparation
The recipe for the homemade coffee wine has the advantage that it is very simple, and you can make it yourself at home without any major complications. The only important thing is to respect the quantities and ingredients proposed as much as possible. Let’s see below how to make coffee wine at home:
- Boil the water in a large pot or saucepan.
- When it starts to boil, add the brown sugar and stir it slowly until it is completely dissolved.
- Now add the coffee beans, and leave them until the water boils again. Important: in the recipe for coffee wine, the whole coffee beans are used, not ground.
- Just when it starts boiling again, remove the pot from the heat and let everything cool down completely.
- When you have made sure that the water is cold, strain the whole mixture to separate the coffee beans. The latter we discard (they have already served their purpose). To the remaining mixture, we add the wine yeast.
- In another separate container, we mix the normal yeast, the wine tannins and the citric acid.
- When the two mixtures are ready, put them together in the same container and cover everything with a cloth. At this point, the fermentation process will begin.
- From this point onwards, the best thing to do is to pour the mixture into a hermetically sealed container in the open air. We must let our coffee wine mature for at least 60 days.
- Once these two months of ageing have passed, we can serve it in a bottle and place it definitively in our favourite wine rack, to show off and drink homemade.
Here is an example of how homemade coffee wine is made.