The latest craze to hit the world of coffee comes in the form of cold brew drinks; similar to iced coffee but only trendier. Cold brew coffee involves the gradual process of brewing coffee with cold or room temperature water, offering a stark contrast to traditional methods.
Ground beans are soaked with water for at least 12 hours, then filtered out of the water using either a paper style device or something like a French press. The finished product is a concentrated blend of coffee which is then enjoyed on its own or mixed with something sweet like condensed milk.
Why Cold Brew Coffee?
Although the process takes a little longer, there’s no denying the taste difference that cold brew coffee has. Not to be confused with iced coffee, which generally uses an espresso shot mixed with cold milk and ice to achieve, cold brew is a gradual process which has lower acidity and a lower level of caffeine for its volume.
This trend may seem new for modern society, but its roots actually date back to before some other types of coffee making were invented. The first recorded use of cold brew comes from Japan in the 1600s and was even available to buy at the store pre-bottle during the 1960s.
How to Make a Cold Brew Coffee
To try this coffee revolution for yourself at home, there are a few simple steps to take. This DIY version doesn’t require any fancy products, just a jar, bowl, sieve and some paper towel.
- Grind your coffee to a coarse consistency, a little thicker than breadcrumbs. You’ll need to ensure it’s quite thick otherwise the end result will be a gritty and grimy drink.
- Aiming for a 1:8 coffee to water ratio, figure out how much you’ll need to serve. Put your grounds in the jar and then cover with cold or room temperature water.
- Stir the grounds and water well, but not too rough. Cover the jar and leave it on the bench or in your fridge for around 18 hours to steep.
- Once done, use your sieve to strain out any large coffee grounds and pour the drink into a new jug. Clean out the sieve and then place the paper towel inside before pouring the drink through a second time to filter out finer particles.
- Repeat the previous step a few times until there’s no fine grit left. If you find that you can’t get rid of it simply adjust the grinder to a coarser setting next time.
- Once done, you can enjoy the drink on its own with ice, or add condensed milk, ice cream, or regular milk.
The Future of Coffee
As this brewing process enjoys a resurgence, it’s likely that it will replace the popularity of iced coffee due to its unique flavor. Without any need for an expensive espresso machine, this is one coffee trend that you can easily recreate at home to enjoy.