WHAT IS COLD BREW COFFEE?That’s an important question. Because cold brew coffee is not the same as drip coffee or regularly brewed hot coffee that’s been cooled or served over ice. Nope.
Cold brew coffee never gets hot. I know right? What a mind bending fact. It has become a favorite of ours here at Brewtality Coffee. It is also simple to make as well. You wont be needing any special training or skills to craft a delicious cup either! Its so easy even a small child can do it. We ran the expirement and can 100% guarantee its true. We only had to mop up after them.
All you need is a large container (we prefer a gallon glass jug), a filtering device and another glass decanter to pour it in during the filtering process. Follow these steps for success.
1. Use 1 cup of beans for every 4 cups of water.
2. Take very coarse ground beans from a conical burr grinder (trust us on this one) Grind is everything read our article on the grind here: Grind types.
3. Mix the grounds with the water and stir. Place the brew into the refrigerator and let steep for 12-15 hrs.
4. Once your brew has had the proper time to chill, take the brew and strain it through a filter into another glass container. There you have it, cold brew coffee for everyone. You can drink it black and concentrated or dilute it a bit with creamer or if you have a sweet tooth, put a splash of chocolate syrup in it.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Make sure your beans are coarsely ground: Beans that are ground to a sandy powder, like for drip coffee, can result in an over-infused coffee and make the strained coffee gritty and muddy. Your beans should look like coarse cornmeal, or even slightly rougher.
- Use filtered water, if possible: This is just good coffee advice in general, really. Your cup of coffee will have a cleaner, sweeter flavor if you use filtered water to make it.
- Steep for at least 12-15 hours: It’s fine to cut this time a little short, but don’t get too stingy. The coffee needs this full time to fully infuse the water. Straining too early can give you a weaker cup of coffee. Also be careful of over-steeping, which can start to extract some of those bitter flavors we’re hoping to avoid. I’d say not to steep for more than 15 hours or so.
- Chill your cold brew with coffee ice cubes: Want a totally undiluted coffee experience? Make coffee ice cubes to chill your iced coffee! We do carry these skull ice cube trays that are pretty bad ass! They also let your fellow coffee drinkers know you mean business when it comes to your Cold Brew!