What's the rage about Cold-Brew Coffee

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Cold brew coffee

If you’re looking for a coffee fix in 25 degree weather, but can’t fathom the heat, why not try a cup of cold-brew coffee?  Cold-brew coffee has gained a lot of traction in the coffee world, but don’t be fooled, cold-brew is much different than iced coffee. 

The difference between the two is iced coffee is just hot coffee cooled down with ice cubes, milk and sugar.  For some coffee lovers, this waters down the flavour, and adds too much sweetness.

Cold-brew on the other hand, is a slow process that brews the coffee grounds in cold water for 12 to 24 hours.  This produces a rich, smooth coffee with a subtle sweetness, without diluting it with ice cubes.

Cold-brew can be made easily at home with a ColdBrew Kit by Coffee Sock, which can be found at any of our Community Natural Foods locations. The kit includes a half gallon jar, filter, and instructions on how to make your own coffee. 

If you have a French press at home, then you can make your own cold-press coffee! Simply add your coffee grounds (we recommend a coarse ground) and cold water to the container.  The best ratio is 4:1, water to coffee.  You don’t need to add the filtered plunger right away, but we do recommend you cover the container to avoid other fridge aromas finding their way in. Leave the covered container in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours depending on the strength you’re looking for.  Once you are ready to indulge in your cold coffee, plunge the French press as you would with hot coffee and pour into your favourite glass.

By cold-brewing your coffee, the chemical process doesn’t change because the temperature doesn’t change.  This means you can make your cold-brew today, drink it tomorrow and the next day, and it should taste the exact same both days.  The subtle sweetness of the cold-brew comes from using cold water as opposed to hot, where the hot water extracts flavours quickly, and cooks the extracts, which change it’s chemical structure, thus the flavour.  By using cold water, the flavour is extracted, but the bitter bite of the coffee is left behind.  So if you like your coffee strong and bitter, you best stick to the hot stuff.

Cold-brew coffee can last up to two weeks, which means once you make that first batch, you’ve eliminated 5 minutes in the morning to make a fresh, hot batch of coffee.

Enjoy this summer with a cold cup of joe!