Do you like cold coffee beverages? We often buy or prepare coffee hot, and many people rarely think of drinking their coffee cold.
That’s unfortunate because cold coffee is just as delicious as hot coffee. In fact, some coffee beverages, such as cold brew, contain more caffeine than regular hot coffee beverages such as Americanos.
Cold brew is one of the easiest coffees to make. You don’t need an automatic coffee machine to make it. A simple mason jar and filter are enough.
You can also use a cold brew coffee brewer instead of mason jars or coffee jugs to make this type of coffee.
It has a sealable removable filter that you dip into the cold water during brewing. This cold brew maker eases the process of brewing and cleaning up after making cold brew coffee.
Once you make cold brew, you can store it in the fridge for a week. That will give you a jug of flavorful coffee from which you can take a cup or two anytime you like.
Cold brew coffee is low in acid and packed with flavor. People who suffer from acidity can take this coffee to reduce their chances of suffering from gastrointestinal issues caused by taking coffee.
The Correct Measurement of Coffee Grounds to use When Making Cold Brew
Although making cold brew is easy, it’s important to do it using precise measurements for the best results.
The right measurement for making cold brew coffee is 1 part coffee (85 g): to 32 oz or 4 cups of water.
The best coffee grounds to use when making cold brew coffee are coarse grounds because they have a larger surface area for the water to work on.
Pick medium to dark roast coffee grounds because they produce sweeter, less acidic coffee than light roasts. The cold brew from this type of roast is smooth and boldly flavored with pleasant chocolatey and nutty notes.
How Long Does it Take to Brew Cold Brew Coffee?
Just like when brewing hot coffee, using fresh coffee grounds will give your cold brew an intensely rich flavor and aroma. Fresh coffee grounds retain most of their flavor because they have not been exposed to oxidation.
Cold brew takes a minimum of 6 hours to brew when you brew it in cold water from the start. Ideally, you should allow coffee grounds to soak for at least 12 hours when making cold brew for the best flavor.
Some prefer the slow-release method of cold brew coffee making. This method involves leaving coffee grounds in cold water for 18 -24 hours. The longer you steep the coffee grounds, the more flavor you can extract from them.
You can hasten the process of making cold brew coffee by using hot water at the beginning of the brewing process. That will ensure the coffee grounds release their caffeine, flavor, and aroma earlier on in the process.
Here is a recipe for making cold brew coffee.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home
Three mason jars
Coarse coffee grounds
A jug of water
- Scoop 3 Tbsp of coffee grounds into each mason jar and fill them halfway up with cold water.
- Let the coffee steep for a few minutes and stir, then fill the mason jars the rest of the way up with cold water.
- Tightly close the mason jars and keep them in the fridge for the coffee to steep for 12 – 24 hours.
- Once the steeping period is over, strain the coffee from the mason jar into a jug through a filter.
- Serve the cold brew coffee with ice cubes, liquid creamer, flavored syrup, or sugar. You may top it up with whipped cream, cinnamon, or chocolate shavings.
Cold brew is a versatile coffee beverage. You can use it to make coffees such as frappuccino or heat it up and drink it hot diluted with some hot water.
Making cold brew is easier than preparing hot coffee such as cappuccinos. If a ratio of 1 cup of coffee for every 32 oz of water doesn’t produce coffee that’s flavorful enough for you, add more coffee grounds. Another option is brewing the coffee for longer.
Although you can get cold brew coffee in coffee shops, it’s better to make it at home, where you can prepare it to your preference. That will save you money and allow you to enjoy cold brew coffee anytime.
Once you make a habit of taking cold brew, you’ll find it’s one of the simplest and most flavorful coffees you can prepare.