What is Scottish coffee? Three ways to brew it

If you’re looking for a delicious coffee with a twist, try making a Scotch coffee home. This flavorful beverage requires just a few simple ingredients: coffee, vanilla ice cream, sugar, and Scotch whisky.

To make a Scotch coffee, you’ll need to mix some brewed coffee with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoonful of sugar. Then, add a splash of Scotch whisky to taste.

There are different ways to prepare the coffee base for your Scotch coffee. You can use an espresso machine to make a concentrated shot of coffee or a French press for a richer and smoother brew. A Moka pot can do the job if you don’t have either.

It’s worth noting that Scotch coffee is a calorie-rich beverage, with around 600 kilocalories per serving. So, it’s best to enjoy it in moderation.

Scotch coffee using a French press?

  • 1 French press coffee maker.
  • 1 coffee grinder, preferably with burrs.
  • 1 thermometer to measure the temperature of the water.
  • 1 container and a heat source to heat the water.
  • 1 teapot, preferably a gooseneck teapot like the ones used to make filter coffee.
  • 1 long spoon.
  • Filtered water.
  • Medium roast Arabica coffee beans.
  • Whisky, preferably Scotch.
  • Sugar.
  • Vanilla ice cream.

Quantities of ingredients for French press scotch coffee:

  • 4 tablespoons of coffee, about 60 grams coarsely ground.
  • 8 teaspoons of sugar.
  • 3/4 litre of water,
  • 200 grams of vanilla ice cream
  • 60 ml of whisky.

How to prepare Scottish coffee with a French Press?

A French press is a way to go if you want to make delicious Scottish coffee. This method retains the coffee’s essential oils, unlike a drip filter that can strip away some flavour.

To start, grind some good quality coffee beans coarsely. Heat water to a boil and cool it to around 90-92 degrees Celsius for the best extraction temperature. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature.

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Next, add the ground coffee to the French Press and pour the hot water over them slowly and carefully using a gooseneck kettle. Stir the coffee with a long spoon and repeat this process three or four times during the three to four minutes of extraction time.

Once the extraction is complete, slowly press down on the plunger to separate the coffee grounds from the freshly brewed coffee.

Serve in a glass or crystal cup

Begin by adding a small amount of whisky to the bottom of the glass, up to 15 ml. The amount of whisky can be adjusted to personal taste, but it’s best not to overdo it if a milder flavour is desired.

Next, pour 150-200 ml of coffee into the cup, depending on preference. Sweeten the coffee to taste with sugar, and top it off with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

As the ice cream melts, it will add a delicious touch of sweetness that complements the whisky. For added flair, sprinkle a little cocoa powder on top or add a wafer for a professional finish.

Alternatively, top the coffee with whipped cream for a creamy and decadent treat. And there you have it – a delicious Scottish coffee made with a French press.

How to prepare Scottish coffee with an Espresso machine?

You can still make a delicious Scottish coffee if you prefer using an espresso machine.

Start by preparing a double espresso – extracting coffee from approximately 14 grams of ground coffee for 20-30 seconds, resulting in 60 millilitres of beverage.

Alternatively, you can make two separate single espressos with seven grams of coffee each and add them to your coffee brew.

Next, add the Scotch whisky to your glass or cup (up to 15 ml), followed by the espresso(s). Sweeten the mixture with sugar to taste, and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to finish.

Now you can enjoy your Scotch coffee made with an espresso machine.

How to prepare Scottish coffee with a Moka Pot?

As in the case of the French press coffee maker, we give the data for 4 coffees.

  • You would need a Moka coffee maker (for 4 coffees preferably).
  • We must grind a medium-roasted Arabica coffee bean to a fine grind.
  • A coffee grinder, preferably a coffee grinder with burrs.
  • A heat source to heat the coffee maker.
  • Filtered water.
  • Whisky, preferably Scotch.
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla ice cream.

Quantities of the ingredients for the Scotch coffee with a Moka Pot

In this case, the coffee maker will determine the measurements of water and coffee.

  • 8 teaspoons of sugar (add sugar to taste).
  • 200 grams of vanilla ice cream.
  • 60 ml of whisky.

To make great coffee using a Moka Pot, follow these four basic rules:

  1. Fill the lower reservoir of the MokaPot up to just below the pressure release valve.
  2. Add fine ground coffee to the ladle until it’s full, then distribute it without pressing it down.
  3. Place the coffee maker on moderate heat and avoid using maximum power, especially with induction systems. Setting the heat to around 7 out of 10 is a good option.
  4. Pour the whisky into a glass or mug, add coffee, sugar, and ice cream, and enjoy your Scotch coffee.