Step by step - How to make Cold Brew Coffee
Step 1 - Grind your coffee beans on a coarse grind.
Step 2 - Place your ground coffee in a container and let it steep in the fridge for at least 8 hours. You can leave it up to 24 hours for a stronger brew.
Step 3 - Filter the grounds out by using a fine stainer. You can also pour the cold brew in a plunger and filter the grounds out.
Step 4 - You can serve it cold. Add Ice to it. You can also heat it up and drink it hot. And you can leave it in a travel cup and sip on it during your hike or road trip. Cold Brew Coffee has a long shelf life (unless you add milk to it).
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold Brew Coffee is a simple process that involves mixing ground beans with cool or room temperature water and letting them steep for 8 to 24 hours. This slow infusion will extract the full flavour of the beans and will give you even MORE CAFFEINE!
To make it even better, you can add extra water if the coffee is too strong and you can also heat the coffee up if you like.
Why Cold Brew Coffee?
- Cold brewing coffee produces a higher concentration of caffeine compared to traditional hot brew methods due to the longer extraction time. This makes cold brew an ideal choice for those who need a strong boost of energy.
- Unlike traditional hot brewed methods, cold brewing extracts the flavour of the beans over a much longer period of time which reduces acidity and bitterness resulting in a mellower and smoother cup. This method has become increasingly popular due to its convenience and more flavourful results.
- The long shelf life (without the milk of course) makes cold brew coffee a great companion for any adventure, from long road trips, to camping and hiking.
Here are the different methods to Brew Cold Brew Coffee
- Using a french press or plunger - You can steep the coffee in your plunger, leave it over night and press the plunger in the morning to seperate the ground coffee.
- Using a special Cold Brew Jug
- You can also use a normal mason jar or any other container, but you would need to filter the ground after steeping. You can use a coffee sock or a strainer for this.
- On the go and don't have time to use the above? There are a number of different cold brew bags that are pre-packed with coffee. All you need to do is place the bags in a container, add water and leave it in the fridge overnight. Check our Cold Brew Bags here.
These are the simple straightforward to brewing cold brew coffee with our pre-packed cold brew bags.
What coffee roast and grind to use for Cold Brew
The type of coffee grind you choose for cold brew is important because it affects the flavour and strength of your cold brew. It is recommended to use a coarse grind for cold brew, since it will extract more slowly than a finer grind. Additionally, coarse grounds are less likely to over-extract and turn bitter.
Generally speaking, light and medium roast beans work well for cold brew as they tend to yield a smoother cup with more subtle flavour notes.
If you drink your coffee black with no milk we recommend our Wayfarer Blend - A Colombia Single Origin, medium dark roast. We can also grind the beans for cold brew to save you time finding the perfect grind.
If you have milk with your coffee an espresso blend will do the job too. Our Hodophile blend is the perfect blend to use with milk.
How long can Cold Brew coffee last?
Cold brew coffee can last up to two weeks in the fridge, making it a great way to enjoy coffee without having to make a new batch every day. The strength of the brew will remain consistent over time and you can easily adjust the flavour by adding more or less cold brew concentrate as desired. If stored properly, your cold brew should stay fresh and flavourful for up to 14 days.