Cold brew coffee is very popular right now. Every coffee shop from the East to the West Coast is offering up their version of it.
Most traditional methods involve the steeping of ground coffee beans in hot water and filtering the finished product through a drip filter or a French press however, Cold brew refers to the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period. Cold brew has lower acidity than coffee made with hot water, which means the flavor profile is slightly different, and less bitter. Fans also swear it has a smoother, slightly sweeter flavor than coffee made with hot water.
Wondering how to make cold brew coffee yourself? Here are the simple steps to guide you.
HOW TO MAKE COLD BREW COFFEE
- Place the rubber cap in the hole at the brewing container bottom.
- Unfold your filter and place it in the container. It will be a bit of a loose fit, so be sure to secure it evenly and fold it where necessary.
- Add your coffee to the brewing container then give it a few shakes to level the bed.
- Pour your water over the grounds – carefully, of course – in a series of concentric circles.
- Submerge the grounds with a butter knife or bamboo paddle.
- Make sure all the grounds are moistened, then cover the container and let it sit for at least 12 hours either at room temperature or in your refrigerator.
- Remove the cover and filter the coffee using the French press filter.
- Pour your coffee concentrate into a container of your choosing.
TIPS TO CONSIDER
- The cold brew method can usually take from 12-24 hours to complete. The results are truly unique, and the simplicity of the process is just as impressive.
- Cold-brewed coffee will keep its flavor for two to three weeks under refrigeration.
- Always be sure that you buy coffee that is fresh, as it will make a huge difference in the flavor. So if you have fresh roasted coffee and all of the necessary filtering tools, you’re ready to start honing your cold brew skills.
- The flavor is so smooth, it’s easy to forget it is meant to be diluted at a ratio of 1:3 or more.
- Add water or milk to taste and enjoy a rich, flavorful coffee that will stand up beautifully, even in a glass full of ice.