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Tips for Making Cold Brew Coffee

Aly Curtis

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.

Cold Brew Coffee

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:

  1. Grind your coffee beans and put them into your French press.
  2. Add your water at a 1 to 5 ratio of coffee to water.
  3. Cover the press, without the filter, and let it set between 12-24 hours.
  4. Remove the cover and filter the coffee using the French press filter.
  5. 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!

If you’re missing any of the key components, feel free to visit our online coffee store. If you stop in to visit, don’t forget to sign up for our Coffee of the Month Club.

The Best In-Home Coffee Grinders

Aly Curtis

There’s nothing like a cup of freshly ground coffee in the morning.

If you’re one of those people that orders fresh roasted coffee beans and grinds them in your home, odds are you’ve experienced the struggle to find the perfect coffee grinder. Not only does your grinder need to give your gourmet coffee beans a quality grind, but it should be easy to use. And since you’ll be operating it before your morning caffeine fix? A grinder that isn’t crazy loud would be nice too.

We’ve done our research to bring you the best in-home coffee grinders on the market.

1. Baratza Encore

We don’t believe in saving the best for last, so we’ll start with our favorite, the Baratza Encore. Not only is it the least expensive in Baratza’s line of grinders, but it has a gram-at-a-pulse feature that makes it easy for the less experienced coffee makers to make a cup. Plus, the particle consistency is hard to beat.

fresh roasted coffee grinder

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2. Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder

This gourmet coffee grinder is known to be the quietest one on the market, so if you hate loud noises in the morning (like the rest of us), then you’ll love the Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder. Plus, the medium grind setting is consistent and perfect for pour-over or drip coffee lovers.

gourmet coffee grinder

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3. Breville Smart Grinder

Last up, the Breville Smart Grinder. This grinder has the highest rated particle consistency for a grinder, and it’s easy-ish to operate. You’ll definitely get your $200 worth with this gourmet coffee grinder.
coffee of the month club grinder

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After you find the grinder of your dreams, stop by our online shop to order the perfect, fresh roasted coffee. If you love trying new roasts, be sure and join our gourmet coffee of the month club. What’s your favorite coffee grinder? Let us know in the comments below.

Water Quality Matters in Your Cup of Gourmet Coffee

Aly Curtis

It sounds obvious when you say it out loud, but most people don’t know that the quality of the water used for brewing affects their coffee’s taste.



According to The Telegraph, researchers have concluded that, “The perfect cup of fresh roasted coffee should be made with water high in magnesium and low in bicarbonate.” When they examined the water’s effects closely, high magnesium ion levels improved the process of extracting the gourmet coffee flavor from the bean while high bicarbonate levels slowed the process down.

That same study showed that water with high sodium levels, like water treated with water softeners or most bottled water, also prevented the more complex flavors from the coffee bean from being extracted.

Chemist Christopher Hendon, who is currently writing a book on brewing the perfect cup of fresh roasted coffee, says that while there is no “perfect composition” for the water, “magnesium-rich water is better at extracting coffee compounds and the resultant flavour depends on the balance between both the ions in the water and the quantity of bicarbonate present.” If you’re not sure about the minerals in your tap water, you can look it up here.

Ok, so there’s a lot of science to it, but what does it mean for those of us just wanting to brew the best possible cup of coffee in our homes?

  1. The water you use should be fresh. This means that leaving water out too long or heating it up only to let it cool down again will affect your brew’s taste.
  2. Don’t use distilled or mineral water. The lack of minerals in distilled water will give your coffee a flat taste, and the minerals in mineral water will affect taste as well.
  3. Invest in a water filter like Clearyl or Aqua Prima so that you can filter your tap water appropriately.

Get the most out of Utopian’s Fresh Roasted Coffee by brewing with the best quality water you can find and using the proper brewing ratios. After all, coffee is almost 99% water, so it’s important to consider what you’re putting into it.