Cold Brew Coffee: Tips, Tricks, and How-to
Nothing beats a fresh cup of coffee, whether you need it to jumpstart your morning or as a pick-me-upper in the middle of the day. But if it’s too warm outside, sticking to your usual steaming cuppa might not be the best way to enjoy your favorite drink. Our suggestion: cold brew coffee. If you’ve never had it before, you’ll be surprised at how satisfying it is. If you’re picturing your usual brewed coffee doused over a bunch of ice cubes, though, we gotta stop you right there. That would be just iced coffee. The legit cold brew coffee is more than just a diluted version of your espresso. It’s made by slowly steeping coffee grounds in a jar full of room temperature (or colder) water, for 18-24 hours. The result is a smooth, refreshing drink with low acidity and a rounded, unique flavor.
It’s actually pretty simple to make cold brew coffee at home. And the best part is that you can batch-brew. Properly brewed coffee can last up to 10-14 days, so you can make enough to last you two weeks before you have to brew again. We suggest you give it a try and follow these step-by-step instructions:
- Getting the right grind is crucial to a perfect blend. To make the best cold brew, you will need coarse ground coffee, so set your grinder to its most coarse setting. It should be similar to the coarseness of raw sugar. Any finer than that and it will give you a bitter blend and ruin the flavor.
- Prepare a large, clean jar. Aiming for about 1:8 coffee-to-water ratio, place your coffee grounds and pour water over it.
- Stir gently until well mixed, then cover and leave it to steep for 18-24 hours. You can either put it in the fridge or leave at room temperature.
- When your grounds are done brewing (make sure not to wait longer than 24 hours), strain your brewed coffee into a bowl using a sieve and a cheesecloth. This would remove the larger grounds. Clean your strainer and then strain your coffee back into the jar.
- Repeat two to three times until the bottom of the jar is clear and you don’t see any murky residue.
- Enjoy cold. Can also be served with ice, milk, and sugar. The rest can be stored and enjoyed for the next two weeks.
A few tips to if you’re DIY-ing your cold brew:
- Never use cheap beans. The process involved in making cold brew brings out the beans’ subtle flavor, and if you want a delicious cup, your coffee grounds must be fresh and of good quality. Otherwise, you might end up with a cold but tasteless coffee. For a complete guide that would help you choose the kind of beans to use, discover the different coffee flavors and their profiles in this article.
- If you plan to add milk or sugar to your cold brew, use coffee grounds with a stronger flavor profile. We suggest you try our High Voltage Coffee for a full, rich, and smooth flavor, without the bitterness.
- Avoid squeezing or pressing the coffee grounds when you pour it over the cheesecloth during straining. Doing this is going to give your coffee a bitter and funky flavor.
- Always be accurate一with the coarseness of your coffee grounds, the water-coffee ratio, the number of hours of steeping and the number of days of recommended storage. These are key to a great blend and you have to follow the right formula to be rewarded.