August 01, 2019
Cold Brew is the style of brewing where you use a steeping method over a longer period of time without heat. It's as easy as mixing coffee grounds with cold or room temperature water and leaving it to steep from 4-48 hours!
The short answer is no. Iced coffee is utilizing heat to extract the coffee to be poured over ice. This ends up giving you a lighter bodied coffee and can be mildly inconsistent. With cold brew, there is more consistency between each cup and because the final product is a concentrate, you can adjust to the strength you want.
Because of the lack of heat used in the making of cold brew, your product has a lower acid content than hot brewed coffee - nearly 60% less! This is a great alternative to those that suffer from acid reflux or heartburn. Plus, the end product is a lot smoother and can be diluted to whichever strength you prefer!
All that you need to make cold brew right in the comfort of your own home is coffee grounds, water, a container and some kind of filter to separate the grounds from your concentrate. There are many different filtration methods you may use: a cheesecloth could be bought at your local grocery store, a French press that can be washed and used again or the various cold brew products out there. The baseline? Use 1 oz of coffee to 1 cup of water. Place them together in a container (mason jars for example) and place in the fridge. I usually let my cold brew sit overnight so all I have to do is strain it then enjoy my cold brew in the morning. And another tip? Make sure your coffee is ground coarse. This allows the water to fully extract all that deliciousness without being overly bitter in the end.
Here are some brew methods to check out:
Choose what you like! While a coffee that is Medium to Dark roasted will result in a richer coffee taste, light roasts are also good if you're looking for more a fruity and sweet taste. Our favorites to cold brew are:
Cold Brew Spritzer: For something refreshing during a hot summer day
Spiced Cold Brew Latte: For a sweet & creamy treat
Aromatic Cold Brew: Herbs go really well with cold brew
Want to try your hand at the cold milk foam from Starbucks?
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