Making Cold Brew Coffee Tips

Cold Brew Coffee Tips: How to Create the Perfect At-Home Sip

Coffee lovers everywhere will know that we are in throes of a new, refreshing, trend. Cold brew coffee is hitting the mainstream and it looks like it's here to stay. So, no better time than this to share some awesome cold brew coffee tips.

We are a nation of coffee drinkers. Over half of all Americans have at least one cup of coffee a day. It's something that not only wakes us up in the morning, but it comforts us at nighttime too. And we wouldn't have it any other way.

But many people keep their coffee habit as regular as their morning cup. They want it hot, they want it sweetened and they want it now.

And, while Fall may be upon us with the winter closing in, don't discount the power of cold, invigorating brew. Yes, steaming mugs of hot coffee are certainly a sight to behold - and don't get us started on their incredible taste.

But a refreshing cold brew coffee at any time of the day is a special kind of something.

Cold brew coffee is the ultimate in low maintenance. It's low tech and it's super easy to make. And, whether you're a coffee nerd or a total newbie, we've got the best cold brew coffee tips for you.

Are you ready? Great! It's time to get your chill on.

Cold Brew Coffee Tips - First Thing's First

Let's clear up a little confusion right at the off. When we're talking about cold brew coffee, that's exactly what we mean - it is coffee that is brewed cold.

People often get cold brew coffee and iced coffee mixed up or, they mistakingly believe the two words are interchangeable and mean the same thing. But there's a major difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee.

Iced coffee is regular, normal coffee that is cooled down and served cold, but it starts off hot. Cold brew coffee, on the other hand, is never heated. It is brewed cold and served cold.

Now that we've cleared that little misconception up, let's get on to the good stuff.

Cold Brew Coffee Tips - Your Perfect At-Home Sip

Brewing your own cold brew coffee is very straightforward and relatively quick. Here's our foolproof process, in 6 easy steps:

  • Grind your coffee beans
  • Soak them in water
  • Wait a while
  • Strain them
  • Dilute with water or milk
  • Drink

Sounds cool, right? Now, let's take a closer look at the best way to get the best out of this process.

1. Grind Your Coffee Beans

You always want to use the highest quality, single origin coffee beans that you can afford. The best beans to use are medium roast beans, the sooner they've been roasted, the better. You don't want to be using beans that are more than two weeks outside their roast date.

For the grind, bear in mind that beans that are too finely ground tend to leave a more bitter taste. Using the grinder of your choice, grind your beans coarsely for a great taste.

2. Soak Them In Water

The ratio of coffee grounds to water largely depends on personal taste. A good place to start is to go 1 part coffee to 4 or 4.5 parts water. After your first brew, you can adjust according to your preferences.

The equipment that you use here can be something very basic like a large container or, if you have one, you can use a French Press. Don't be too concerned if you don't have all the fancy coffee gear just yet. Anything that can hold water is perfectly acceptable, just remember to double up on the amounts of coffee and water depending on the size of the container you use.

When you put the coffee into the container, add the water gradually. Make sure the water is at room temperature - it makes for a better brew - and make sure to stir it gently. Leave it for a few minutes and you will soon notice that the coffee grinds will form on the surface. Give it another good stir.

If you're using a French Press, put the top on. If you're using a container, cover it with a cheesecloth or something equivalent. In both cases, it's time to leave your coffee to brew at room temperature.

3. Wait A While

This is the coolest part of the process for some because it's the time when you do nothing. Nada. Zippo. Zilch. Leave that brew alone!

The coffee and water need time to steep, it's essential for proper extraction. Our best tip here is to leave it steeping for a minimum of 12 hours but certainly feel free to leave it for as long as 24 hours. As time goes by and you become a cold brew expert, you'll find the perfect time that suits your taste buds.

4. Strain Them

After the waiting period is over, it's time to strain the coffee. If you're using a a French Press, all you have to do is press down on the plunger. With a container, you can place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl or pitcher before you pour. Yes, it is that easy!

5. Dilute With Water Or Milk

If you want to go total hardcore here, you can drink your cold brew coffee straight as if it were an espresso. If you choose to do that, we salute you!

For those of who like to really savour every precious sip, it's best to dilute the coffee. You can go with water or milk or anything else that you like to use. The most popular dilution for milk and water to coffee is one to one, or half and half. Again, with a little time, you'll figure out what suits you best.

Don't be afraid to add sugar or sweetener or anything else you like to enjoy your coffee with.

6. Drink!

You now have a sweet tasting, powerful concentrate that will last for as long as two weeks. Be good to it by keeping it covered and always keep it chilled.

But first, go on, take a sip. Drink up and enjoy. You've earned it, haven't you? Well, kinda.

Perfect At-Home Cold Brew Coffee

So, there you have it. You can have perfect coffee at home with minimum fuss and maximum taste. And, it can all be freshly prepared in the comfort of your own kitchen.

This trend isn't going anywhere. Cold brew coffee is the new hot thing. Isn't it time you gave it a try?

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