How to Brew: Cold Brew 101
How to Brew: Cold Brew
A common misconception about Cold Brew is that it is iced coffee when that is the furthest thing from the truth! With the cold brew method, you create a coffee concentrate that’s strong, yet light and refreshing. In order to turn it into an iced coffee, you will want to cut it 50/50 with milk, water, or another mixer. The result will be a sweet, low acidic cup that’s incredibly simple to make. What’s not to love? Well, it does take some time, but then, so do all the best things in life. The coffee needs at least 16 hours to steep, so plan accordingly!
Here's what you'll need:
How to Brew It:
- Using the ratio 1:7, you will use one pound of coarse grind size coffee and add 34 oz of water. When preparing cold brew, you want to use higher volumes because the coffee will absorb a lot of water. Next, place both ingredients in your favorite jug and let it sit at room temperature.
- Time is a key factor in this brewing method and requires patience. You will need to let it sit and steep for at least 16 hours.
- After the time is up, filter the coffee using a V60 or a Chemex filter for a clean finish.
Refrigerate immediately after filtering. Drink within the next two weeks. As time passes, it will oxidize
and the flavor will not be pleasant.
- There are several cold brew immersion methods. Filtron, Toddy System, Coffee Sock and even the French Press. The procedure for all of these is basically the same but, you will find differences in the finish, depending on the filter used.
- The described process is called immersion cold brew, but there is also another way to brew it which is called a slow drip. This involves slowly dripping cold water over coffee grounds through a filter. The coffee never sits in the water and the brewer takes care of the filtering step for you.
- Feel free to experiment with different ratios and brewing times. Some people like it as strong 1:5, but filtered after 8 hours. There are endless combinations of grind size, brewing time and ratios that you can try.
We recommend our Dark Roast or Medium Roast for cold brew.