Have you ever tried cold brew coffee before?
A few years ago while on vacation, a friend of mine was going to run over to a local coffee shop to get a group of us some drinks. I said I wanted an iced coffee. When they got back with the drinks, I was handed black iced coffee and thought, oh man this isn’t going to be good… (I usually took cream or milk). But to my surprise, it was DELICIOUS!
I was stunned at how good this black iced coffee was and thought it must be some special type of coffee bean. But looking into it further I discovered about the process of cold brewing coffee and instantly knew that I had to find a way to do this at home.
So, now I do! It is my very own cold brew coffee pitcher!
Brewing traditionally with hot water causes all the acid of the coffee to be released. This can make a pretty bitter tasting coffee. That is probably why most people load their cup of joe with tons of cream and sugar.
Cold brew on the other hand is smoother and slightly sweet tasting. People find they can add less sugar and cream and still enjoy it. Not only does it taste good, but it is known to be gentler on the stomach due to being much lower in acid. This is awesome for people with acid reflux, heartburn or other stomach problems.
According to the New York Times, “As water moves into the coffee particles or tea leaves, it dissolves or suspends hundreds of different substances and extracts them from the solids. If the water is hot, it extracts more rapidly and completely. Hot water also cooks as it extracts, forcing chemical reactions that transform some of the extracted substances into other things, and driving some aroma substances out of the liquid. Cold water, in contrast, extracts more slowly and selectively, produces a simpler extract, and doesn’t change the original flavor substances as much.”
So basically you are getting a purer, smoother and more natural flavor. One of the best smells in the world is walking down the coffee isle at the grocery store. Want to keep more of that fresh aromatic flavor in your coffee? Then cold brew it!
First, get yourself an at home cold brew coffee maker here, this is the easiest way to make it at home.
Next, you will need COARSE ground coffee. You can grind it your self if you have a good at home grinder that has various settings. Also, some grocery stores have whole beans to purchase and a grinder there where you can choose a coarse grind setting. And lastly, you can find some coffee options online to buy that are specifically made for brewing cold brew.
I would suggest always using filtered water for making the coffee. This is going to give you the best taste.
- Fill your filter insert with 10-12 tablespoons of the coarsely ground coffee.
- Next, connect the filter onto the lid and screw onto the glass body.
- Then you can start filling with water directly through the filter and it will fill up the container. Leave about an inch of room at the top.
And that’s pretty much it! Now all you have to do is wait. It needs to brew in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. I would suggest about 18-24 hours for best results and depending on how strong you want it. Remember, good things take time!
The longer you brew, the more concentrated the coffee will be and also the more caffeine it will have. Be careful not to over brew, as this can bring out some bitterness. And don’t forget to remove the filter and grounds when the brewing is complete before pouring.
You may store it right in the brewing container and will keep up to 10 days, although I’m pretty sure it won’t make it that long! Or you may store in whatever container you choose. That way you can always have more brewing!
I love to drink mine on ice with just a little almond milk or heavy cream. But if you like your coffee more sweet, try making a healthy version of simple syrup that you can stir in to your liking.
My cold brew coffee maker is great because it is a large size, but still easily fits into your fridge door.
AND it is also amazing for making cold brew tea!! Really, you’ve gotta try it!! It’s just basically the same method: put LOOSE tea into the filter and let sit overnight. Good thing is, tea only needs about 8 hours of brew time and less tea as well. I use about 2-3 tablespoons for a whole pitcher of tea.