Like the taste of coffee but think it’s too harsh on your stomach? Love iced coffee but find the coffee getting too watery with the addition of ice? Cold brewed coffee might just be the thing for you!
So what does cold brewing mean, exactly? Well, cold brewing is when room temperature water is used to steep coffee over a prolonged period, usually between 12-24 hours. Why would you cold brew your coffee instead of using the typical hot brewed method and then adding ice? Well, it turns out that cold brewing has many advantages.
Cold brewing allows you to make large quantities of coffee to be had over time. The overnight process of steeping coarse ground coffee in room temperature water yields a coffee concentrate that is gentle on the stomach due to its lower acidity.
The flavor profile of cold brewed coffee is also quite different than that of hot brewed, as the lower acidity makes for a naturally sweeter drink. When hot brewing coffee to serve as iced coffee, the coffee is typically brewed stronger to help with the dilution of flavor after the addition of ice; however, this can yield a bitterer cup. In addition to its lower acidity, cold brew coffee also has a higher caffeine content due to its higher coffee to water ratio - cold brewed coffee requires more ground coffee than traditional hot brewed coffee, usually a 1:8 coffee to water ratio.
You can brew your own cold brewed coffee at home with a cold brewing system, a French press, or simply in a pitcher, and then strained with a sieve and coffee filters or even a cheesecloth. To make your own, put 1 cup of coarse ground coffee in a pitcher (don’t use finely ground coffee as you will get a cloudy drink) together with 8 cups of purified water and let “brew” overnight. You may use a higher coffee to water ratio if you prefer a stronger cup.
The Bristol Team likes to make ice cubes with their cold brew for spiced cold brew lattes. Recipe below:
- 2 cups cold brewed Bristol Coffee
- ½ cup whole milk (can replace with soy or coconut milk)
- 1½ teaspoon spiced simple syrup (see recipe below)
*Spiced Simple Syrup*:
Combine 1 cup water with ½ cup sugar, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1 split vanilla bean (cut in half), and 7 cardamom pods in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce temperature to low, let simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat.
*reserve the rest of the syrup for a later use
Fill ice cube tray with 1 cup cold brewed coffee and freeze. When coffee cubes are ready, put into a glass, pour in remaining cold brewed coffee, ½ cup milk, and 1 ½ teaspoons of the spiced simple syrup, stir and enjoy!
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