What’s cold brew and how do you make it?
Cold brewing is a coffee brewing process where coffee is extracted into cold water over a long period of time (often over 12 hours). The water in the process is often either room temperature or cold. After extraction, the coffee is strained with either a french press or with the help of a strainer and filter paper or cloth.
Normal and cold brew coffee have some differences in flavour and chemical composition because while making cold brew, the coffee does not come into contact with boiling water. Cold brew typically contains less caffeine and acids than traditional coffee and is less bitter than its counterparts. As it is often mixed with milk or water, cold brew is sometimes extracted a bit stronger than regular coffee.
Cold brew allows the different flavours and nuances in coffee to shine, so especially interesting choices for cold brew are light roasts, that have various fresh flavours. Another thing to try is to prepare natural processed coffee with cold brew. The sweetness of the coffee berry is present in natural processed coffees, so it makes your drink sweeter as well.
Try these coffees as cold brew!
Cold brew recipe
Here’s how to brew 1 liter of cold brew coffee
Brewing time: 12 hours
Final quantity of coffee: 1 liter
Grinding: Coarser than for regular filter coffee. We recommend a French Press or Steap setting.
Ratio of coffee to water: 150g coffee, 1l water
You will also need: Two 2 liter containers/bottles, a metal sieve, and filter paper or gauze
- Put the coffee and the water into a container.
- Let it sit in room temperature preferably for at least 12 hours.
- Strain the coffee into another container using a sieve and filter paper or gauze.
- Your Cold brew is ready!
- Cold brew coffee will stay good for approximately a week in the fridge when stored in an airtight container.
- You can also pour the brewed coffee into a French Press and press the plunger down immediately to filter the bigger pieces of coffee out. Afterwards you can pour the coffee through filter paper to remove the very last coffee grinds.
- You can add milk and flavor syrups according to your own taste.
- On a warm day, adding ice will keep your drink cold for longer.