Cold brew coffee is the current golden girl of the coffee world. It is less acidic and bitter, allowing you to better taste the flavor of the coffee. You can now rub elbows with those hipster coffee connoisseurs who are always tasting raisin, chocolate, and floral notes in their coffee, no mustache and cuffed pants required.
Cold brew also keeps longer. It can last in the fridge for up to two weeks. That means coffee is ready for you as you stumble down the stairs in the wee morning hours. It will be there waiting when you hit the afternoon slump. And what about some after dinner coffee cocktails? Cold brew has got your back.
It is also surprisingly simple, and economical, to make fancy pants cold brew at home. You just need some basic equipment – a pitcher, coffee filter or cheese cloth – some good coffee and filtered water and you are well on your way to a delicious batch of cold brew with a minimal price tag.
Some tips and tricks to get that perfect brew:
Tip #1: Good ingredients matter.
Remember how cold brew coffee brings out more flavor notes? High quality beans are a must here. We want to taste dark chocolate, rum, and honey, not burned, stale, and dusty. Source your beans from a high quality roaster and grind them yourself, just before brewing, if you can. Another ingredient that makes all the difference? Water. If your tap water has an off taste, you can bet that you will taste will transfer to the finished product. A good spring water from the grocery store, or water from a pitcher filter will give you great results.
Tip #2: Pick your strength.
Some people like their cold brew at a 3 to 1 ratio (3 parts water to 1 part coffee) and some like a 4 to 1. Here is where you get to experiment and find your signature brew. If you are a black coffee drinker, you will probably favor the 4 to 1 brew. If you like to add cream, try brewing a sturdier 3 to 1 cup.
Tip #3: Mix it up.
Your finished cold brew is just the beginning! From there you can drink it black or experiment with different milks and creams. And what about blending it up with ice and syrup for a frappuccino? Or how about a coffee ice cream float? The power is in your hands.
- 1 cup high quality coffee, ground
- 3 to 4 cups water, depending on your desired strength
1. Fill a pitcher with the water.