If you are any kind of coffee drinker I'm sure you've probably noticed your favorite market now stocking cold brew coffee and your local cafe offering cold brew coffee. so what's the cold brew craze all about?
What is Cold Brew Coffee
Cold Brew releases the coffee flavor using time as opposed to heat. Coffee is left at room temperature or in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. Heat also releases the flavor of coffee, but it also dissolves the fatty acids and bitter oils that give coffee that "bite". This acidic bite of hot brewed coffee actually anesthetizes the tongue leaving out the enjoyment of more subtle flavors. Also, these oils can become rancid over time as they continue to heat which is why your coffee starts to taste extremely bitter if left to sit on a warmer for a long period of time. Cold brewing coffee extracts the desirable flavor compounds leaving behind the bitter taste.
The Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee
- Smoother, sweeter, more balanced flavor without the bite.
- You can pre-brew a week of coffee without sacrificing flavor.
- Cold Brew coffee has been proven to be 67% less acidic than hot brew which makes coffee available for all those who suffer from acid reflux. Also, if you are tracking your pH for a more alkaline diet and less inflamed body, but still love coffee, this is the way to go.
- You may find you won't need as much sweetener or milk you have been using to cover up that bitter taste. (Fewer calories!)
- Same caffeine cup for cup as hot brewed coffee.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
What You Need
- 1 cup of coffee beans - a little less than a cup if your coffee is already ground
- 4 cups of filtered water - filtered water gives a better flavor
- Mason jar, french press, or other glass container
- Fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or coffee filter
What to Do
- Course grind your coffee beans. French press or course grind. If you are grinding at home, do 1 second pulses until it looks like course ground cornmeal.
- Pour coffee then water into your glass container. Give a stir to be sure all the grounds are thoroughly saturated.
- Cover and let sit on your counter for 12 to 15 hours. If you decide to put it in your refrigerator you will want to let it sit for about 24 hours and use a little bit of a finer grind.
- You will filter your coffee twice. If you are using a french press, depress the filter. Otherwise, pour your coffee through a fine mesh filter or cheesecloth to remove the grinds. Then pour your coffee through a coffee filter sitting on a sieve or through cheesecloth a second time to remove the fine sediment.
- Store in your mason jar or other closed glass container. Undiluted your coffee will keep for two weeks. If you add any water or milk at this point you will want to drink it within 3 days.
How to Enjoy Your Cold Brew
- Add water or milk in a 1:1 to ratio or to taste. You'll find what works for you.
- Add less water or milk for iced drinks or use coffee ice cubes to maintain that coffee flavor.
- Yes, you can drink it hot! Just add hot water or heat your diluted cold brew coffee.
- Smile...while enjoying one smooth cup of coffee.