Over the past few weeks I have noticed that Cold Brew Coffee has been popping up everywhere, so I decided to see what all the hubbub was about and DIY it at home. The result: I can definitely see what all the fuss is about!
Cold brew coffee is an alternative to your normal cup-o-joe in that you never heat the water to steep the grinds, instead you allow the brew to sit at room temp for 24 hours. This seems like an eternity compared to most insta-cup-o-kerig-lattes, but trust me, there is a reason. So plan ahead & start your Monday morning coffee on Sunday morning for best flavor.
So what makes this a superior to brew your joe? Well two main reasons, smooth taste & low acidity. Brewing the coffee over a long period of time brings out every last drop of flavor without grabbing the bitter qualities. The brew will naturally be smoother & sweeter, so hold off on sugaring this little baby up until you take a sip. Secondly the acidity is much lower, up to 67% according to some & this can do wonders for the taste & for your stomach.
This week I decided to give it a try & I’m officially a convert. I am a latte girl so here is mine.
You will need:
A mason jar or bowl with a lid + 1/2cup coffee grinds to 1&1/2cups room temp water + 2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional) + Almond Milk + A strainer + Patience
Measure out the coffee grinds into the mason jar or bowl & then add the water. Top off with cinnamon then stir with a wooden spoon & then put on the lid (tight) & roll it around in your hand a few times to make sure everything is stirred in. Wait & go about your day as usual (24hours). The next day, use a coffee strainer (i poured my mason jar contents into my french press and then strained it back into the jar) to separate the grinds from the liquid. To drink (finally) pour a serving of coffee into a glass filled with ice & top off will Almond Milk & a sprinkle of cinnamon. Then ENJOY!
Here are some other things you should know about cold brew.
The flavor is more concentrated so you can dilute it with water or milk to your taste.
You WILL use more coffee grinds, just how it is.
Leftovers will last up to a week in the fridge without loosing its taste. No more day old bitter coffee for you!
Some say you can brew anywhere from 2 – 24hours but you might as well go all the way right?