Making Cold Brew Coffee at Home
Over the past few weeks, there seems to have been a huge buzz on TV and throughout the media about cold brew coffee. But there is still some confusion about what it is, whether it is something you can easily create in your own home and, indeed, whether you would want to.
While we are all familiar with a traditional cup of coffee and with iced coffee, cold brew is related, but different, to both of these. Let’s separate the facts from the hype and take a look at the phenomenon that is taking the coffee world by storm.
What is it?
As the name suggests, the main difference between cold brew and iced coffee, or other varieties of the caffeinated beverage is the temperature of the water you use in brewing it. Most coffee is brewed at a temperature of around 200°F. This even applies to iced coffee, which is still brewed in the conventional way, but then chilled after brewing. Cold brew, on the other hand, uses water that is at room temperature or tepid.
What are the benefits?
There are more compounds contained in a roasted coffee bean than you might think, and not all of these are beneficial to either the taste or your health. These include ketones and esters that are highly acidic and can cause that familiar discomfort from acid reflux.
The good news is that many of these compounds are only released at higher temperatures. In other words, cold brew coffee extracts all of the flavor but far less of those bitter acids, leading to a brew that is smoother tasting and far less acidic.
How to make it?
It sounds like a winner so far – with all the taste and none of the downsides associated with coffee, all wrapped up in a cooling summer drink, it is clear to see why cold brew is such a hot topic. It is also a simple matter to create in the comfort of your own home – all you need is a large container – a French press is ideal – and your favorite coffee beans.
The ratio of coffee to water is down to your personal taste, but if you need a starting point, try 3/4 of a cup of beans to four cups of cold water and work from there. Grind the beans as coarsely as possible – a fine grind leads to cloudy coffee.
Place the grounds into your French press, slowly add the water and stir gently. Then leave it. Time is the main difference when it comes to a cold brew, and you should wait for at least 12 hours before depressing the plunger.
A delicious brew
It is that simple! Your cold brew coffee will keep for two weeks in the fridge, so you can stockpile as much as you like, and will be delicious with ice, milk, syrup or whatever you prefer with your coffee. Enjoy!
Article By: Sally Writes