Cold brew refers to a coffee brewing method that is quite different from the traditional. Most traditional methods involve the steeping of ground coffee beans in hot water and filtering the finished product through a drip filter or a French press. Cold brew coffee, however, use a method where you steep fresh roasted coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time to produce a coffee concentrate.
The cold brew method can usually take from 12-24 hours to complete. The results are truly unique, and the simplicity of the process is just as impressive. If you’re planning on exploring this method while making a home brew, you will need a few items to complete the process.
First, you’ll want to have fresh roasted coffee beans on hand and a coffee grinder. Our favorite fresh roasted coffee for this method would be the Guatemala San Miguel. You will also need a filtration device, and our recommendation would be a French press. The final component will be cold or room temperature water.
Here are the 5 simple steps to making cold brew at home:
- Grind your coffee beans and put them into your French press.
- Add your water at a 1 to 5 ratio of coffee to water.
- Cover the press, without the filter, and let it set between 12-24 hours.
- Remove the cover and filter the coffee using the French press filter.
- Pour your coffee concentrate into a container of your choosing.
Be sure to remember that the flavors in a cold brew are intensified by the cooler water, as well as the exposure time. It is usually best to dilute your cold brew to taste when serving.
Always be sure that you buy coffee that is fresh, as it will make a huge difference in the flavor. So if you have fresh roasted coffee and all of the necessary filtering tools, you’re ready to start honing your cold brew skills. We wish you the best of luck!