For coffee drinkers, a nice hot cup of coffee can help kick start the day. The summer heat can make the prospect less appealing. On those hot sultry days, you may be wondering “is there a better way?”
Wonder no more my caffeinated friends. Enter Cold Brewing Coffee.
Unlike your normal blazing cup of coffee, cold brewing your coffee allows you to consume your favorite beverage either cold or at room temperature without sacrificing those coffee flavors you crave throughout the day.
The difference between cold brewed coffee and hot brewed coffee is in the chemistry. When you expose coffee grounds to hot water they release oils with acidic compounds; this gives coffee its signature flavor and bitterness. We are talking the fancy, guru cupping note description of flavor “bitterness,” the good kind. That other “eww, too bitter” description comes from using low quality beans, poor roasting profiles, and/or Robusta beans…nothing you will find from us!
All coffee is naturally acidic. The “acid gut” or heartburn some experience can be helped by using MORE grounds while brewing. A topic for another time, not to be confused with natural acidity in coffee. Again, the fancy, guru cupping note description of “acidity.” The good kind. Stay with us here…
Cold brewing your coffee releases less of those acidic compounds into the water, which not only allows your coffee to taste smoother in some regard, but also allows you to more easily perceive the hints of fruit, chocolate, or other flavors in your coffee that you would otherwise miss. You can still add hot water to your coffee afterwards and keep all of the benefits and flavor of cold brewing if you can’t live without a hot cup of joe.
Cold brewing your coffee couldn’t be simpler, but you will have to be patient as the process can take up to a whole day. In the end you will be left with a coffee that is both stronger and sweeter than coffee brewed by conventional means.
Simple Cold Brew Directions:
Choose a coffee that responds well to this brewing method, we recommend our “No Wake Zone” blend, created exclusively for cold brew.
Use coarsely ground coffee. A typical “French Press Grind” will do!
1 Cup of Coffee to 4 Cups of fresh, good tasting water (yields 4 cups of coffee concentrate = 1 pot when diluted 1:1 ratio with water.)
Steep coffee for:
- 12 Hours: Low Strength
- 18 Hours: Medium Strength
- 24 Hours: Maximum Strength
Pour through coffee filter to strain out coarse grounds.
Serve over ice, at room temperature, or add hot water to mixture.
Remember, you have made a coffee concentrate to be slowly diluted by the ice you pour it over, or you can add water or cream to dilute to taste).
Your cold brew coffee can be kept for up to a week, (left over coffee? What?) so you don’t have to repeat the process every day.
If you like the strong concentrated coffee, you can freeze some of it in an ice tray, which gives the bonus of not adding more water to the mixture as you would with regular ice cubes.
Fancy, and hip, we know. Now go, brew, chill, enjoy and pour yourself another cup…you can make a difference with every cup you drink!
Written by Joseph Celia. Stay tuned to the Mobjack Bay Coffee Trends blog here for more insights on coffee's latest.