Summer’s coming! Are you ready to make your own cold brew coffee?
Here’s our favourite-and easy way!
Choose a coffee that is known for it’s sweetness. If you prefer the complex fruity and floral of Ethiopia, or something a bit more chocolatey or nutty try one with Brazil or Guatemalan.
We are using this month’s Kelvin Grove Blend. It’s a blend of Ethiopian and Indonesian coffee that is great hot, but is amazing cold brewed.
The easiest way to make a cold brew is using something that you probably already have- a French Press. No need to warm it up as we’re doing this all at room temperature.
Grind your coffee fine. Not quite espresso grind as this will make your cold brew cloudy.
Use the same ratio that you would use for brewing a pot of hot coffee. Our suggestion is 15g of ground coffee to every 8oz. of water.
Add your freshly ground coffee to your press, then slowly add room temperature (68F 20C) water. Stir for about 30-60 seconds ensuring that all the ground coffee has come into contact with the water. A whisk works very well for this purpose.
Allow the mixture to rest for about 10 minutes, then give it another stir. We want the coffee to bloom in order to extract all those wonder flavours.
Now for the hard part. Cover the flask with plastic wrap, without the press, and place it in the refrigerator. We cover it so the brew doesn’t taste like the inside of your fridge. Place your brew in the fridge for up to 24 hours. The longer the better as the more flavours are extracted. Anything more than 24 hours can begin to extract the undesirable flavours. Anything less than 12 hours produces a weaker brew.
You are now ready to filter and enjoy!! Place the press in the flask and press your coffee as you would for a hot brew. Before you pour into a pitcher for service or storage, remove any loose grounds from the spout.
Some people like to run their fresh cold brew through a paper filter for additional clarity, but that is not required.
Store your freshly brewed cold brew in an air tight pitcher, or cover with plastic wrap. Again you want to enjoy the amazing flavours of the coffee, not the odours in your fridge.
If stored properly your brew will be good for up to 5 days in the fridge. But we’re pretty sure it will be gone before then!
We suggest that you keep a jug of cold brew handy for any occasion!