Have you ever tasted cold brew coffee?
The first time I heard about it was last year, when we were on summer holiday in Los Angeles in California. We went to a local Starbucks for some cold drinks in the summer heat, and they just started serving something called cold brew coffee. I didn’t really have any idea what it meant or involved, but obviously I had to try it! 😉 And darn it was good!
The taste is quite different from regular coffee or iced coffee, so at first I was a bit like, what’s this? But after a few sips I fell in love ♥ Thankfully it’s really easy to make at home, no need to rush to your local coffee shop and spend heaps of money!
So what is cold brew coffee?
Regular coffee is normally brewed by using hot water, and if you want to make iced coffee you let the coffee cool and then place it in the fridge. Easy, and delicious.
However, cold brew coffee is just that, it’s brewed with cold water. Using cold water instead of hot, makes it taste quite different, and oh-my-gawd-yummy. Using cold water means there’s no acidity or bitter flavour, like you get when you make regular coffee. The flavour is smooth and round instead, which is basically perfect when poured over ice.
You should of course use good quality coffee beans when making this, as it will taste better. I tried using regular cheap coffee once, just to test. It wasn’t good. It just didn’t taste good, it was bitter and weird. I’m sure there are lots of different coffees that do work, as your local barista when buying coffee. My choice fell instead on a fruity coffee called Gikirima, from Kenya. It tasted delicious.
If you have a grinder at home, you can buy whole beans and grind them coarsely just before making it. If not, just buy ground coffee. Make sure it’s ground coarsely, and that it’s fresh. Don’t use an old bag you’ve got lying around.
You can either use a french press or a mug/bowl or something similar. If you use a french press the process is very simple. Just press down the lid when the coffee is ready, and serve. If you’re using a bowl or mug you can use a sieve. Place a couple of sheets of paper or a cheesecloth or something similar, and strain the coffee through it. If you find the coffee a bit strong when you’re done, you can easily add a little more cold water to your glass or cup when serving.
If you keep the cold brew coffee in an airtight container in the fridge, it will keep for about a week.
Have you tried cold brew coffee before? Do you agree that it’s even better than regular iced coffee?
- 1 litre water
- 250 grams coffee, coarsely ground
- 50 ml water
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Place the coffee in your french press or bowl and add the water
- Stir to blend lightly
- Cover and place in in room temperature at least 12 hours
- Strain, either by pressing down the lid on your french press or using a sieve if you're using a bowl
- Make the sugar syrup by heating water and stirring the sugar until it dissolves. Add according to taste, and save the rest for later.
- Serve over ice cubes, and add a little milk or cream if you wish!
- If you find the coffee flavour too strong, just add a little more water to the glass when serving.
- Remember that sugar won't dissolve in cold water, so you can't add sugar to the iced coffee when you serve it. That's why you need the sugar syrup.