You’ve probably heard about cold brew coffee and seen it for some ridiculous price in the coffee shop and not been tempted to try it, but as it’s becoming more and more popular, especially as a summer drink, we think everyone should make it.
So, what exactly is the best way to make cold brew coffee? It’s so easy to make and the chances are you’ve already got all the equipment you need in your kitchen – the French Press (we’re using a 32 ounce French Press). You can go out and buy a Toddy specifically for making cold brew coffee, but there really isn’t any need to as the French Press does the job just as good.
Making cold brew coffee at home
Cold brew coffee should not be confused with iced coffee, they are simply not the same as you’re not adding ice, you’re adding cold filtered water. With cold brew coffee, you’re also able to control how concentrated you want it, and you can’t do that with iced coffee.
So read on for the best way to make cold brew coffee.
- Coarsely grind fresh coffee beans to a breadcrumb-like texture; grinding any finer will give an over-extracted cup.The ratio is subjective and you’ll alter it to suit your taste, but a good guide to start with is a 4:1 ratio (4 cups of cold, filtered water to one cup of coffee beans). This might sound a bit strong but remember it’s a concentrate and you’ll be diluting it with water or cream before you drink it.
- Tip your ground coffee into your French Press.
- Now pour in the filtered water (make sure it’s filtered and not straight from the tap, you don’t want your coffee to taste crap) making sure the coffee is completely saturated. Give it a thorough but gentle stir. If your French Press is glass, use a wooden spoon so you don’t crack it.
- You can now either rest the plunger so that it sits just inside the press, or instead, cover the rim of the press with plastic wrap or something like that so the odors from the fridge don’t contaminate the flavor and ruin your coffee.
- Place the French Press in the fridge or on the kitchen counter for 12-14 hours, either is fine.
- After the 12+ hours, VERY slowly push the plunger down into the coffee Then pour to serve or transfer into a storage container and put it in the fridge where it will keep for up to 2 weeks. However, the flavor quality will start to degrade after a week.
Best coffee beans for cold brew
To be honest there really isn’t a definitive answer when it comes to the best type of coffee for your cold brew, as it simply comes down to personal taste. Having said that, chocolatey coffees tend to be great in cold brew, and various coffee roasters, such as Peet’s Coffee and Kicking Horse Coffee suggest the best coffee beans for cold brew are medium to dark roasts.
Why drink cold brew coffee?
- Cold brew coffee is less acidic than hot brewed coffee, which is great if you suffer from acid reflux. It’s also naturally sweeter because of its lower acid level.
- The smoothness of cold brew coffee is second to none.
- There is more caffeine in cold brewed coffee because you tend to use more coffee; but also because caffeine is water soluble so it will be extracted during the process of cold brewing. Bearing that in mind, most people will dilute the cold brew concentrate with milk or water.
- It can be used in lots of other drinks; freeze into ice cubes and add a couple to a glass of Baileys, or in a cocktail. Simply amazing!