Cold Brew Coffee - Everything You Need To Know
Cold brew is not only a summer drink but an all year drink as it can be served hot or cold. Cold brew is made from coarse ground coffee which is soaked in water overnight. It can steep for approximately 12 to 24 hours. When this happens, it creates a concentrate. The lack of heat won't allow the grounds to dissolve completely so it will be sweeter. Cold brew can be made in your kitchen. Interesting right?
So what's the deal about cold brew?
Benefits of cold brew
Easy brewing method
Cold brew uses a manageable brewing method. While other coffee types need to be brewed with expensive kits, cold brew is easy to make. You can make one brew that can last you a week. You can choose your favourite coffee beans from our store.
Lower acidity level
This drink contains less acidic when compared to hot brewed coffee especially if you have a sensitive stomach or suffer from acidic reflux. Acidic reflux happens when stomach acid frequently flows from your stomach back into your oesophagus.
It can be enjoyed in different ways
Hot coffee is rich and satisfying but there are a few mixed drinks you can make with it. Cold-brew, on the other hand, can be made into a variety of drinks. It can be used to make cold brew latte, cold brew hot toddy, cold brew soda, and cold brew cocktails. Thus, cold brew allows you to explore and pair flavours.
More caffeine for those interested
If you are a coffee drinker that is interested in a kick of coffee to start your day, then cold brew is perfect for you. Cold-brew typically contains up to 3 times more caffeine than your hot coffee. This happens as a result of the slow steeping process which makes the liquid draw more concentrate out of the grounds. You can dilute the concentrate the way you want.
Cold brew is also a great pre-workout enhancer. Thanks to its high caffeine content, it gives you motivation for your workout session. It will increase your ''after burn effect''. This refers to a word used to describe your body's ability to continue burning calories after work-out. Although regular hot coffee has this effect, you will more likely want to replace it with a cold brew in summer. This way, you can still get your caffeine kick without waiting for your coffee to cool.
Are you prepared to start making this awesome cold brew? We have listed the supplies you need and the steps involved. With the right tools, you are good to go.
- Coffee beans (You can order our roasted coffee beans here).
- Cold filtered water (Using tap water can make the coffee have an "off taste" because of chlorine and minerals).
- A kitchen scale
- A spoon
- A filter such as cheesecloth, fine mesh, or coffee filter for removing coffee grounds.
- A large Mason jar- any container that has a lid can work.
Making cold brew at home is simple, but you should be careful with the proportion of coffee to water. If you don't get this correctly, you'll end up having a taste that is too strong or too weak. For measurements, use 80g of coffee and 1 litre of water. You can scale the coffee recipe up and down, using the above ratio.
Let's make some cold brew!
- Measure the coffee and water correctly. You can adjust the measurements according to the quantity you want to make. The best way to achieve this is to use a kitchen scale.
- Grind the coffee beans in a coarse setting. We consider this step the most important. Using coarse-ground will make the filtration process easier and the coffee will taste less bitter. Fine grounds will over-extract and you will get the opposite of the smooth flavour you were craving.
- Combine the coffee and water inside a mason jar and stir the grind in the water to make sure it is fully saturated.
- Put a lid on the mason jar and place it in the refrigerator. If the jar just doesn't fit into your fridge, it is okay to steep at room temperature. Ensure you get it into the fridge as soon as it's done.
- Strain the brew: Set the strainer over a bowl and place the mesh clothe or coffee filter on the strainer. Pour the coffee mixture through the filter. Then rinse the jar properly and transfer the concentrate into the jar for storage.
Another option is to use a French press
- Add your coffee grounds into the French press and add water.
- Place the plunger lid on the top and press the plunger down to 1 or 2 inches (ca. 5 cm) to ensure the coffee is fully submerged. Let the coffee steep for 12 to 18 hours.
- Strain coffee: Press the plunger down and transfer the concentrate into the airtight jar. Use a coffee filter or mesh cloth in a small strainer.
If you own a toddy cold brew coffee maker, you can use it. It is similar to the French press. To make up to 1 Litre of cold brew coffee, add 250g of medium ground coffee into the bucket and up to 1 Litre of cold water. Slowly pour the water in a circular motion to make sure all the grounds get wet. You should brew the coffee for up to 12 hours. Then remove the stopper and allow the coffee concentrate to flow into the glass decanter. That's it.
The brew is ready!
How to serve cold brew
It can be served piping hot or iced. To serve hot, you can use any of the conventional heating methods or you can add the desired quantity of concentrate to your mug and top it off with heated water or milk if you like. Note that this might change the taste slightly but there is no risk in it, you can experiment using this method
To serve cold, fill a glass with ice and add the cold brew concentrate. You can dilute the concentrate the way you like it. Adding milk or milk alternative is a great way to make cold brew creamy and smooth. Add ½ to 2 tablespoons of milk to your drink. You can also mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of cashew macadamia, nut milk or almond to get a nuttier slightly sweet beverage. Also, coconut milk is a unique tropical flavour that goes well with cold brew, 1 to 2 tablespoons would do.
Note that there is a difference between cold brew and iced coffee. Iced coffee is created with the regular coffee brew method. It's simply hot coffee that was allowed to cool so it can be poured over ice. Iced coffee is more acidic since it was brewed with hot water, unlike cold brew that is brewed with cold water.
Mistakes to avoid when making cold brew
Your cup of cold brew can be improved when you avoid these pitfalls.
- Not soaking the grounds long enough: if you soak the grounds you'll find a cold brew that is too weak.
- Straining the brew too quickly: Yes it can be tempting to rush the straining process by pressing, squeezing it forcing the brew out of the cheese clothes and strainer. A prodded batch of cold brew may contain particles of the ground and will turn out bitter. You won't like it.
- Grinding the coffee beans too fine: Coffee that is ground too fine will turn out bitter.
You are fully prepared to make your cold brew coffee. You can make other beverages with the cold brew recipe. You can also buy our already made cold brew concentrate.
It is smooth, has low acidity, and can be enjoyed with milk. Order Now and Enjoy 😊