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How To Cold Brew Coffee

So, you have tried prepackaged cold brew coffee from the store and maybe even your local coffee shop. Have you ever wondered how exactly cold brew is made and is...

 

Cold Brew 

 

So, you have tried prepackaged cold brew coffee from the store and maybe even your local coffee shop. Have you ever wondered how exactly cold brew is made and is this something I can do at home? In this blog we will discuss more and even give you a recipe to try at home.  

 

What is Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew coffee goes by many names such as cold extraction or cold press coffee. Essentially, cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water instead of hot. This is not to be confused with iced coffee, which is normal hot coffee that is cooled. The process of making cold brew coffee tends to extract less oils from the coffee and yields a smoother and less acidic coffee.

Typically, cold brew coffee is enjoyed straight or with cream and sugar. It is also common to see cold brew on tap at coffee shops that have been Nitrogenated (carbonated with nitrogen) and poured like Guinness. This gives the cold brew a nice velvety smooth texture. I also like to use cold brew coffee in espresso martinis and for desserts.

 

Why should you make Cold Brew Coffee?

As you may have noticed, store bought cold brew coffee is expensive. If you are a fan of cold brew, buying it from the store adds up, and if you’re like us, you go through it quickly. I am happy to inform you that all of that is avoidable, it is easy to make cold brew at home, and it is a lot cheaper.

 

What Equipment do you Need?

Chances are that you already have everything you need to make cold brew in your kitchen. Fortunately, making cold brew coffee does not require equipment like expresso which usually includes a comically expensive machine. All you need is a large container like a pitcher and bag or mesh filter. I like to use a large class jar with a metal mesh filter to hold the grinds.

 

What Coffee to Use

For cold brew coffee I find that darker roasts work best. Lighter roasts tend to yield cold brew coffee that is very acidic. Fortunately, the Devil’s Bay Coffee team has made a roast just for cold brew coffee (Devil's Bay Coffee Cold Brew). I recommend that you start off with 1 cup of un-ground coffee beans per 1 gal of water.

The grind that you should use is a course grind like what you would use for a french press. Keep in mind the finer you grind your coffee beans; the more sediment will be in your cold brew. Too much sediment will cause a harsh bitter flavor.

 

Cold brew Strength  

The easy easiest way to control the strength of your cold brew is adjusting the ratio of water to coffee. If your ratio is off, you can always dilute your “jet fuel cold brew”. Personally, I like my cold brew stronger so as I add my ice or creamers it dilutes it down as needed.

 

Conclusion

Making cold brew is easy and you don’t need many items to do it. You can order your cold brew coffee from Devil’s Bay Coffee and enjoy fantastic cold brew at home. Doing DIY cold brew gives you the satisfaction of saving money and making cold brew exactly how you like it. Enjoy endless cold brew 😊.

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