A man walks into a restaurant, sweat dripping from his face onto his already wet shirt. He wipes his forehead with the back of his palm and motions to the waiter, ordering an icy cold…! Hold on, this is not going to be one of those alcohol stories that end in a brawl and a fine, but since you are already here, why don’t I inform you how to make the best substitute to an ice cold beer? Yes, you guessed it right, let us discuss how to make some delicious Cold Brew Coffee.
This is the type of coffee sometimes called Cold Press Coffee, it is however not to be mistaken for Iced Coffee, which only requires the addition of ice to a coffee drink. We are not making a blended drink, but rather something more sophisticated that will tickle your taste buds and keep your mouth and body cool through the harsh unforgiving heat of summer.
The reason it is better to go with the cold brew coffee, is that most iced coffees are never that great. Sure they are cold, and they will quench your thirst while keeping the caffeine jitters at bay, but they will either taste diluted and watery or strong and bitter. The process of making an iced coffee is straight forward, the coffee is brewed as usual, but made stronger than standard coffee since there needs to be accounting for the dilution effect caused by adding ice. A cold brew coffee on the other hand requires a little finesse.
This does not mean that you need the skills of a veteran barista to make a tasty Cold Brew coffee, all you need is patience and basic brewing skill and a strainer. Cold brew is basically ground coffee that is steeped in some cold water then strained. This process makes cold brew coffee a finer, sweeter drink compered to iced coffee. The process is standard, involving three major things: an adequate amount of cold water, coarse coffee for grinding and an overnight brew. The difference in the taste of the cold brew results from the difference in the brewing process and the mixing ratios.
Though some companies have come up with their own cold brew coffee maker to enable commercial brewing and in some cases at home. This is a simple method that you can do without having to purchase any fancy coffee maker.
What You need to make a cold brew coffee:
- A jar
- A bowl
- A sieve
- A sheet of muslin cloth or a paper towel roll
- Whole coffee beans
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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home:
- Set your grinder
You start by setting you grinder to the most course level that it can attain. It is best to do a test grind with a few coffee beans. What we are looking to attain is the consistency of bread crumbs. If it gets finer than that, then all you will end up with is a cloudy coffee blend with horrendous taste.
- Sterilize your jar
The size of the jar generally depends on the amount of coffee beans that you have ground, and the amount of coffee that you wish to generate. For a good tasting blend, the ration of coffee to water should be kept at 1:8. Add the grounds to the jar then fill it with cold water.
Stir the solution gently till the grounds mix properly with the water. Cover your jar then allow it to steep for around 12-24 hours. The solution can be left in or out of the fridge during this time, the choice is yours.
Strain the brew into your bowl, making sure to sieve it so that the larger grounds can be removed from the mixture. Tack the muslin cloth into the sieve after cleaning it, then strain the solution back into the jar. You can also opt for the paper towel in this process. Repeat this at least twice more to ensure there is no murky residue in your brew.
Serve your Cold Brew Coffee over ice, with a combination of your choosing. Some people prefer milk and sugar, others just like to add sugar. The choice is yours.
Additional tips on How to Get the Best Cold Brew Coffee
- Always ensure that your coffee beans are coarsely ground
- Use distilled water in the process for sweater coffee
- Steep it for around 18 hours for the best result. Longer is also better.
- Chill the brew in case you do not want it diluted by the ice cubes.