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Cold Brew

What's Cold Brew ?

Cold brew coffee is a brewing method in which coarsely grounded fresh coffee is steeped in room temperature water for somewhere in between 12 and 24 hours. Some cold brewers like to add spices or fruits to their cold brews. After the extraction period the mixture is filtered once or twice.

You can make cold brew on the weekend, then pour your coffee from the fridge every morning. No boiling water. No fussing with a coffee maker.

As someone who is 100% not a morning person, cold brew coffee is a total game changer.

Let’s make some cold brew!

cold brew coffee in large french press

Fun Facts about Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew can be strong.

This depends on a lot of factors, including the beans used, steeping time, and dilution. The dilution is the factor that is the easiest to control. Don’t drink cold brew concentrate straight—it’s for sure very high in caffeine!

Cold brew is less acidic.

If regular drip coffee or espresso upsets your stomach, cold brew might not. The only way to know is to try it, and you’ll have more control over the end result if you make it yourself.

You can heat up cold brew and drink it hot.

Indeed, it’s true, and it’s very good. The flavor stays about the same!

Cold brew takes longer to make than drip coffee.

Since the water is cold, it needs to steep for about 12 to 18 hours to soak up the coffee’s color, flavor and caffeine. The cold extraction process brings out fewer of coffee’s bitter compounds, which produces a sweeter and smoother result.

Coarsely-ground coffee makes the best cold brew.

No coffee grinder at home? No problem. When you place your order select cold brew in the grind options. I’ve provided approximate amounts of ground coffee to use if you don’t have a scale for a more accurate weight measurement (don’t worry about it!).

Use any coffee variety you enjoy to make cold brew.

Any variety will work, and you’ll find that it tases less bitter when its steeped in cold water instead of hot. It would be fun to compare a glass of cold brew coffee with hot coffee of the same variety.

Basic Cold Brew Coffee Ratio

Here’s the deal: This ratio is flexible. You’re making cold brew concentrate, and you can dilute the concentrate to taste once it’s finished.

  • Per 1 cup of water, you’ll need 30 grams coarsely ground coffee (about 1/4 cup whole coffee beans, which yields about 1/2 cup ground coffee).
  • You’re going to end up with a little less concentrate than the amount of water you used, since some of it will be absorbed by the coffee grounds. However, you’re going to dilute it with an equal amount of water, so you will be doubling your final yield. Clear as mud? I mean, coffee? Good.

 

Recommended steeping time

The steeping time is flexible as well. I’ve read suggestions for “overnight or 12 hours,” and “at least 18 or up to 24 hours,” so do what works with your schedule. Starbucks steeps their cold brew for 20 hours.