The coffee world loves its trends, and one of the latest to hit the rounds is cold brew coffee. It’s not a new innovation, and the cold brewing method has been used around the world for quite some time. After tasting it, you’ll see why it’s becoming such a popular thing. Cold brew coffee has a flavor that’s noticeably different from hot coffee and you can enjoy it with or without milk and cream.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold brew coffee isn’t simply coffee that’s been hot brewed and refrigerated or added to ice cubes — that’s iced coffee — it’s coffee that’s never heated at all. Extracting the coffee’s flavor in cold water creates a brew that has no bitterness or acidity and a rich flavor. If you’ve ever heard of people commenting that coffee can taste sweet on its own, try cold brew and you’ll find out exactly what they mean.
Those who mainly like to drink coffee for the caffeine buzz will especially appreciate the fact that cold brew has more concentrated amounts of caffeine due to its low water to coffee ratio. This is also also why the flavor of cold brew coffee is more intense. If you like drinking your coffee cold, but don’t care for how watery hot brew gets when you add ice to it, making cold brew coffee is definitely worth a try.
If you look at the menu of your favorite coffee shop, you may notice that their cold brew selection is pricier than the hot brews. The longer process definitely raises the price to a premium, but fortunately, you can easily make excellent cold brew coffee at home.
How To Make Cold Brew Coffee At Home
As a basic guideline, add 3/4 cup of ground coffee to 4 cups of cold water. Freshly ground will give you the most intense flavor, but you can use whatever you have on hand as long as it’s coarsely ground. If you happen to use a finer grind, you’ll end up with cloudy cold brew coffee — it’ll still taste good, but if aesthetics matter to you, go for a coarse grind.
Place the coffee in a container deep enough to hold the grounds and water, and then add the cold water. Stir it slowly to make sure all of the coffee gets moist, cover it with a piece of cheesecloth, and then let it sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours.
After that point, you can pour it through the cheesecloth and into another container to separate the brew from the grounds, and keep it in your fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you want to avoid using cheesecloth and have a French press on hand, you can use that to make cold brew.
Simply add the ground coffee and cold water, stir gently, and set the plunger on top of the French press without pushing down. After 12 hours have passed, you can then push the plunger and pour the coffee into another container or pitcher.