Sep 21, 2018

Cold Brew Coffee… the ‘coolest’ drink in town!

 

Cold brewed coffee often gets mistaken for iced coffee, but they have nothing to do with each other! Typically, coffee is brewed in a hot process. Cold brewed coffee is brewed cold. Iced coffee, on the other hand, is an espresso-based coffee - brewed hot - with milk and syrup served over ice. 

 

Coffee grounds are immersed in water for up to 24 hours to produce a concentration of the bitter beverage, which is subsequently diluted and served chill. There’s an advantage to brewing coffee cold. It brings out a variety of flavours that you don’t get to taste with traditional hot brewing. It’s sweeter than most hot coffee and even has a lower acidity level. So it’s tastier as well as healthier!

 

You’d be surprised at just how tasty a simple homemade cold brew can be, even when compared to the expensive drinks your favourite baristas dish out.

 

There’s a lot of hype around cold brew, and that’s for many reasons. It provides a slower caffeine hit, which lasts longer. A single extract can be used for a variety of recipes. It can last up to two weeks!

 

 

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

 

Believe it or not, Cold Brew Coffee is quite easy to make at home (albeit time-consuming). We focus on what many consider the easiest form of making cold brew coffee: the ‘French Press’.

 

Pro:Very simple method

Con:Can’t brew it in large amounts

Pro:Doesn’t require separate tools like brewer (which other methods strictly require)

Con:Less likely to work if you have a small fridge

 

 

 

What you need:

A French Press: Fairly cheap and come in a range of sizes and varieties

Coffee Beans:Preferably medium-dark or dark roast

Room-temperature Water: 3 ¾ cups

Sealable Container: Around the same size as the French Press

Paper Filters: Used as an additional filter to prevent excess sediment falling through

 

Step 1: Prepare a coffee-to-water mix ratio of 1:5 or 1:4, depending on your preference.

Step 2: Add 3 ¾ cups of room-temperature water, gently without stirring.

Step 3: Use a metal spoon to press down the coffee mix floating at the top of the water to ensure that the grounds submerge properly.

Step 4: Wait! Let the brew sit at room-temperature for at least 18 hours as this helps release the flavours from the beans.

Step 5: Push the plunger of the French Press down by a few inches to prevent an imbalance of flavour. Use a strainer to filter out the excess sediment and pour it into a large vessel. To be safe, go with a second filtering with the use of paper filters.

Step 6: Top the mix off with a few ice cubes to dilute the concentrate.

Step 7: Enjoy your personal, homemade cold brew coffee!

 

 

Cold brewed coffee has become a major hit since 2015, when Starbucks introduced it to the United States. Since then, it’s become a universal favourite! There are several recipes to make a variety of cold brew coffee flavours, especially to your preference. So try out the French Press method today before moving on to bigger, more ambitious forms of cold brew coffee!

 

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