You know what is the best thing about preparing cold brew coffee? Neither do you need any high-technical equipment nor will you have to learn any high-level skills. Summers are approaching and nothing would be better than a perfect cup of cold brew coffee.
So with the right amount and size of coffee beans, a strainer and filtered water you can get a smooth and icy cup each time you brew. No worries if you don’t know how to carry forward this method. We are here with all the important details and steps you need to follow.
How it Works: Take some coarsely ground coffee, you can easily get from the nearby coffee shop or you can grind them at home if you wish to. Mix the coffee grounds in the water and let it rest for around 12 hours or overnight.
The reason why we keep the coffee for so long because the coffee slowly immerses into the water making it a strong and concentrated one. After 12 hours, strain it and you are ready with your coffee.
The time and patience you give to your cold brew are what makes it extremely smooth and almost sweet-tasting. Because the coffee slowly immerses in the water, it gives more time to extract all the flavour from the beans. Don’t worry the whole process won’t let the compounds to enter your cold brew that makes it sour and bitter.
Everyone has their own taste so you can make adjustments with the concentration of your cold brew and decide whether you want stronger or less strong coffee. To make a start you can use one cup of beans and let them steep in 4 cups of water. To make a good concentrated coffee, this is enough. But the same measurement is ideal for pouring over ice or you if you want to mix with milk or both. In case, you don’t like this ratio of beans to water, adjust it according to your taste.
It is not mandatory that the cold brew should be served with ice, you can try hot brew also. Now, here’s everything you want to know before trying cold brew coffee at home.
Tips For Better Coffee
Make sure your beans are coarsely ground: It is very important that the coffee beans are coarsely grounded because fine coffee powder like we use for a drip coffee can make the coffee over-brewed. Also, it makes the strained coffee more powdery.
Use filtered water, if possible: This particular step is not compulsory but if done, nothing is better than this. Using filtered water to make coffee provides you with a cleaner and sweeter flavour.
Steep for at least 12 hours: Yes, 12 hours means a lot of patience. You can cut down the time a little short but that doesn’t mean you don’t give your coffee its required time. If you strain the coffee before time, all you get is a weaker cup of coffee. And also, don’t over-steep it otherwise the coffee will extract some extra flavours making it bitter.
Chill your cold brew with coffee ice cubes: You should definitely try this method if you want undiluted coffee. Make some coffee ice cubes and use them to chill your cold brew.