Cold brew coffee is a delicious way to cool down as the weather warms up. It takes a bit of time to brew, but this refreshing and sweet beverage is worth the wait.
What makes cold brew so special?
Cold Brew coffee is made from coffee beans that have been steeped in cold water for 12-48 hours. This slow process and low temperature creates a different & sweeter taste compared to hot brewing the same coffee beans.With the right tools and this handy guide you’ll be enjoying a delicious cup of cold brew in no time.
What You’ll Need
First, let’s dig into brewing equipment. There are a lot of options for brewing vessels, but there’s no need to splurge when you’re just getting started. You can opt for a dedicated cold brew coffee maker, you can use a french press, or even a mason jar. The most important thing is having a clean, air-tight container you can store in your fridge.
Cold brewing coffee allows for a lot of customization in coffee flavor and caffeine strength. Your brewing ratio of water to coffee grounds will make all the difference. We recommend starting with a 1:10 coffee to water ratio. That means 1g of coffee for every 10g of water. To make 1L of cold brew, you’ll need 100 grams of ground coffee.
If you like your coffee on the stronger side, you can adjust to a 1:8 coffee to water ratio instead. Once you’ve made cold brew a few times, you might find yourself tweaking your ratio in one direction or the other to achieve your perfect brew.
Cold brew requires a more coarse grind than other brewing methods because of the low and slow extraction process. A medium-coarse grind is ideal. You want your coffee grounds to resemble brown sugar granules in texture.
Coffee that’s been too finely ground can create a extra sediment in the brew. To get a nice and even grind, we recommend using a burr coffee grinder if you have access to one.
- Weigh out 100 grams of Kahawa 1893 Cold Brew Blend.
- Using a coffee grinder, coarsely grind your coffee and pour into your brewing vessel (cold brew coffee maker, french press, mason jar, etc).
- Slowly add 1 liter of filtered water slowly into your vessel and make sure that all the coffee grounds are wet.
- Secure the lid to your brewing vessel and place in the fridge overnight.
* If you’re using a dedicated cold brew coffee maker, you may need to rest the vessel on its side to fully submerge the coffee grounds.
- After 12-48 hours, your coffee is ready to enjoy! Add your favorite sweeteners or cream and cool off with this refreshing summer beverage.
* Make sure to remove your coffee grounds at this point. You can filter out any remaining sediment with a cheesecloth.
That’s all there is to it! Make sure to compost your leftover coffee grounds and enjoy! You're ready to beat the summer heat with cold brew coffee.