Cold Brew Coffee
A Delicious And Less Acidic Alternative
When I first heard about cold brew coffee, I was really skeptical about it. But with time I have found out that it is not as ridiculous as it sounds. It is actually a very good way to prepare iced coffee. The coffee that the cold brewing produces has quite different taste than ordinary coffee - some people love it, others don't.
So how does this cold brewing work then? Well, it's pretty simple - you just mix ground coffee with water, leave it stand for about 12 hours and then you filter it to remove the grounds. This produces concentrated solution that you can store in the fridge for about 2 weeks. When you want a cup of coffee, you just pour some of the concentrate into you cup and dilute it with hot water.
Cold BrewersYou don't really need a cold brew coffee maker. You can make the concentrate for example in a French press. But it may be convenient to have a cold brewer. There are number of different cold brew coffee makers around: Toddy, Filtron or the Hourglass coffee maker to name just a few. The most popular cold brewing system is the Toddy coffee maker.
The characteristic of the cold brewed coffee
- It contains considerably less acid than ordinary coffee. This is very good for people with heartburn or with stomach problems.
- The taste is quite different than what you are used to from other brewing methods. The cold method extracts less coffee oils than for example French press - so some people will find the coffee too weak and dull. If you drink mainly drip coffee made with paper filters you are unlikely to mind the taste.
- Dark roasts work better than light milder flavor coffee. You may want to try something like French or Italian roast. The type of beans you use also impacts the flavor. Most people have a good experience with strong and bold coffee like Sumatra or similar.
- If you like your coffee really hot you can microwave it after you dilute it.
Iced coffeeThe cold brew concentrate is very convenient when you are into iced coffee. In fact some coffee houses (for example Seattle's Best Coffee) use cold brewed coffee concentrate to make some of their iced coffee drinks.
My favorite tip: you can freeze some of the concentrate into ice cubes. Then you serve ice coffee with a mixture of ordinary ice cubes and the dark coffee concentrate ice cubes. It looks cool! Plus the iced coffee does not get diluted as the ice melts.
Further ReadingCold Brew Coffee Makers
Here we will have a look at several coffee makers that brew coffee in cold water. You might have heard about Toddy or Filtron coffee maker, but what about Hourglass coffee maker, Ronco brewing system or the beautiful cold drip brewer from Northwest Glass?
Toddy Coffee Maker
The Toddy coffee maker is the most popular cold brew system around. We will talk about it here.