Coffee: Cold Brew
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Now, you'll probably asking what is Cold Brew Coffee? It's the new Coffee word for the summer. To see a video of how to make a Cold Brew Coffee. I like iced Coffee without the ice, uhmm. Yes, I get a lot of confusion at coffee shops for this. LOL!
Hint: During the cold-brew process, time replaces heat.
A roasted coffee bean contains many compounds that are extracted during the brewing process. Some of those compounds, including certain oils and fatty acids, are soluble only at a high temperature. During the cold brew process, coffee beans are never exposed to high temperature. Deceptively simple, cold water brewing extracts the delicious flavor compounds (and some of the caffeine) from coffee beans, but leaves behind myriad bitter oils and biting fatty acids, including undesirable elements such as ketons, esters and amids.
These are the same bitter acids and fatty oils that surface to the top of your hot cup of coffee, and give hot-brewed coffee that familiar ‘bite’ (thus the reason that some 8 out of 10 people attempt to soften the acidic taste by adding milk or cream to their coffee).
HOW TO MAKE IT
Coarse Ground Organic Coffee - Coffee is one of the most heavily pesticide contaminated crops so it’s imperative that you always select Organic Coffee, preferably free trade also. For the best result you want to grind your own beans at home (I use these organic coffee beans and this coffee bean grinder) – Remember you want a COARSE or French Press grind, a finely ground coffee will yield a cloudy liquid. Using pre ground coffee will still work, but you’ll compromise some flavor (I like this packaged coarse ground coffee).
French Press Coffee Maker – I combine 2 parts filtered water (we have 2 water filters, gravity feed and an inline under the counter) with 1 part coarse ground coffee in my french press coffee maker (I recommend this one). Put the lid on your french press, leaving the plunger up.. For 4 cups of water use 2 cups of coarse ground coffee, adjust to your taste of course. You can get around a french press if you want to do a couple strainings through cheesecloth and coffee filters, trust me a french press is much easier!
Time – Let your cold brew coffee steep for 12 to 24 hours at room temperature. The longer you let it steep the more concentrated your cold brew coffee will be, thus you’ll need to use less! I prefer a full 24 hours.. Press down the plunger of your french press and strain/pour your cold brewed coffee into a separate jar/bottle. (I use a quart canning jar with a plastic pour lid to store mine in the fridge)
Chill & Enjoy – Store your cold brewed coffee in the fridge. Enjoy your homemade cold brew coffee over ice, feel free to add dairy or non-dairy creamer of your choice and sweetener. I have about 4 ounces of cold brew coffee with about 1 cup of homemade coconut milk (my recipe) or canned coconut milk (I like this brand) – I don’t need any sweetener since the flavor is so amazingly smooth and mild, liquid stevia is the easiest to mix in if you want additional sweetness. Sometimes I’ll even drink it straight black! If you want a hot coffee, simply heat your cold brew coffee in a small pot on the stove.
Remember this is concentrated coffee and the caffeine is much higher than traditionally brewed hot coffee. Start out having 1/3 of what you’d normally drink, so that you don’t get all caffeine crazy!