COLD BREW – EASY AND DELICIOUS
Summer is finally here and many of us have cut down on our coffee brewing. But there is no need to abandon our favorite drink altogether. So, let’s make some Cold Brew.
WHY COLD BREW COFFEE?
There are many reasons to try cold brewing. The slower infusion from cold brewing preserves both that great coffee flavor and that much desired caffeine from your beans. Another wonderful aspect of this brewing method is that it does not extract the compounds that can make coffee taste bitter and sour. It's a fantastic way to get everything you want from your brew! Cold brewed coffee is incredibly smooth and almost sweet-tasting. It is less acidic and makes a smoother cup that’s easy on your stomach.
Getting started is easy – you JUST need good coffee and water
The ratio of coffee grounds to water is subjective and depends on personal taste. A good place to start is to grind 3/4 cup beans for 4 cups of cold water. You can double the recipe using 1.5 cups beans for 8 cups if you wish to make a big batch. Place the coarsely ground beans and water in a tightly closed glass container, give it a stir and let it steep for 12-15 hours on the kitchen counter. After proper steeping, strain the coffee through a fine sieve and cheesecloth and discard the grounds. This will leave you with a concentrated coffee that you could drink on its own, but it’s also perfect for pouring into an ice filled glass, mixing with milk – or both. You can also adjust the concentration of your cold brew coffee, making it stronger or less strong to suit your taste. So if that ¾ cup of beans to 4 cups water ratio isn’t quite to your taste, adjust it up or down until you hit the perfect balance you like.
This method for making coffee will actually save you time in the morning. You can make a large batch over the weekend, straining it the next morning, and then storing it in the fridge for a “grab and go” on those busy mornings or anytime you need a quick, cool fix.
Is cold brew the same as iced coffee?
Not exactly. The main difference between cold brew and iced coffee involves temperature and how you make it. Cold brew is brewed cold, while iced coffee is normal coffee that's brewed hot and then cooled down, often served chilled over ice.
CAN I SERVE MY COLD BREW HOT?
Absolutely. Any conventional heating methods work great with cold brew, in the microwave, on the stove top to just simply adding hot water. Note – we never recommend reheating hot brewed coffee.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
Make sure your beans are coarsely ground. Beans that are ground too fine, as you would for drip coffee, can result in an over-infused coffee and make the strained coffee gritty and muddy. Your beans should look like coarse cornmeal, or even slightly rougher.
Use filtered or spring water, if possible (never distilled water). Because coffee is 98% water, this is just good coffee advice in general. Your cup of coffee will have a cleaner, sweeter flavor if you use filtered or spring water to make it.
Steep for at least 12 hours. Cold brew coffee needs this full time to fully infuse the water. Straining too early can give you a weaker cup of coffee. Also be careful of over-steeping, which can start to extract some of those bitter flavors you’re hoping to avoid. Try not to steep for more than 15 hours or so.
You can store the cold brew concentrate for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Try our collection of perfect coffees for cold brewing and you can also add 3 delicious recipes to your cart to get you started. The recipes are free.
And you can check out this related article on the health benefits of cold brew: https://www.health.com/nutrition/is-cold-brew-healthier-than-hot-coffee