What You Need to Know about Cold Brew Coffee

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What is cold brew coffee?

You might have heard the words “cold brew” or “cold press” from your coffee-expert friends. Not to be confused with iced coffee, cold brewing is a unique method to brew coffee. In cold brewing instead of steeping the coffee grounds in boiling water over a short period of time (like in a French Press or a Coffee Maker) you let the grounds steep in cold water (or just room temperature) for a long time.

What’s the difference from my regular coffee?

There are a couple of differences between a regular brew and a cold brew. First and most obvious is the brewing time, which can take as long as half a day or even longer, depending on the water temperature. The grounds used for a cold brew should be coarse due to the long extraction period. After the long brew, the extracted coffee will be very concentrated and will be usually diluted to make the final drink. Because the coffee beans in a cold brew were never boiled the coffee has lower acidity and tastes sweeter than a regular brew.

I want to cold brew my coffee

If you want to make your own cold brew coffee, you have several options. The first and perhaps easiest is to buy a cold press designed exactly for this purpose. The Toddy brand has long been famous for their cold brew coffee maker. But nowadays there are a lot of other options as well.If you’re the maker type of you might be interested in a DIY cold brew system. If you’re really lazy though always buy a cold brew coffee concentrate at places like Trader Joe’s, but the result won’t be as good as making it yourself.

Cold brew recipes

So you went through the trouble of waiting 12 hours to brew your coffee. What now? Here are few good recipes to use with your awesomely sweet non-acidic coffee concentrate.

Are you cold brewing your coffee? Got any tips or advice? Tell us in the comments.