I know, fall is around the corner and everyone’s excited about pumpkin spice lattes. But, it’s still blazing hot outside and I’ve been working on my cold brew coffee game all summer. I’ve become a self-proclaimed cold brewer, so hear me out!
Homemade cold brew coffee is:
Smooth, slightly sweet and super refreshing
Easy to make
More affordable than buying at a coffee shop
Ready-made for busy mornings
Easily heated up if you’re in the mood for hot coffee
coarsely ground coffee for cold brew
You can make cold brew on the weekend, then pour your coffee from the fridge every morning. No boiling water. No fussing with a coffee maker.
As someone who is 100% not a morning person, cold brew coffee is a total game changer.
Let’s make some cold brew!
Fun Facts about Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew can be strong.
This depends on a lot of factors, including the beans used, steeping time, and dilution. The dilution is the factor that is the easiest to control. Don’t drink cold brew concentrate straight—it’s highly caffeinated!
Cold brew is less acidic.
If regular drip coffee or espresso upsets your stomach, cold brew might not. The only way to know is to try it, and you’ll have more control over the end result if you make it yourself.
You can heat up cold brew and drink it hot.
Indeed, it’s true, and it’s very good. The flavor stays about the same.
Cold brew takes longer to make than drip coffee.
Since the water is cold, it needs to steep for about 12 to 18 hours to soak up the coffee’s color, flavor and caffeine. The cold extraction process brings out fewer of coffee’s bitter compounds, which produces a sweeter and smoother result.
Coarsely-ground coffee makes the best cold brew.
No coffee grinder at home? No problem. Just grind your coffee at the grocery store using their big coffee grinder machine, with the dial set on the coarse/French press option.
Use any coffee variety you enjoy to make cold brew.
Any variety will work, and you’ll find that it tases less bitter when its steeped in cold water instead of hot. It would be fun to compare a glass of cold brew coffee with hot coffee of the same variety. My favorites are: Red Mug Coffee or Starbucks