Making Cold Brew Coffee at Home
A Cold Treat to Beat the Summer Heat
With summer in full swing in most places around the world (sorry, Australia), there’s nothing quite like a morning glass of cold brew coffee to kick off your day. Making cold brew coffee at home may seem daunting initially, but it’s actually really simple to brew. Don’t let your local coffee shop’s inflated cold brew prices fool you. With the right knowledge and some optional tools, you could be making cold brew coffee at home in no time at all.
What Exactly is Cold Brew?
Unlike regular coffee, which relies on boiling water to extract flavor from your coffee grounds, cold brew coffee uses room temperature water, instead. While you’ll have to steep your coffee grounds for 12-18 hours to enjoy the full cold brew experience, the flavor profile of your drink will be totally different from what you’re used to if your coffee is brewed via traditional methods.
5 Major Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee VS Regular Coffee
1. Smooth and Soothing
Your coffee is smoother and milder in flavor since there’s no heat involved, which is primarily responsible for bringing out the acidic flavor in your coffee.
2. You control the Strength
When making cold brew coffee at home, simply steep your grounds for a longer or shorter duration to change the flavor intensity.
3. Enjoy it Cold
After steeping your coffee, let it chill so that you can enjoy it cold.
4. Bigger Batches
You can make as much cold brew as you like. From a single glass to a jugful, you can control the quantity of cold brew you make so you always have some on hand.
5. Minimal Tools Required
The process of making cold brew coffee at home is simple and the kit is much more compact and manageable than the complex brewing systems of other specialty brews. Simplicity is key!
Making Cold Brew Coffee at Home With Tools
If you really love that smooth, sweet cold brew flavor, then you can make the most of your extraction with a simple set of tools. From chilling the water to controlling the speed of extraction, and even collecting your coffee so that it’s ready to serve immediately, you can rest assured that after a quick initial setup, your coffee will be ready to go with no additional effort required.
Here’s a quick 3-step guide on how to use the EspressoWorks Cold Brew Coffee Maker Kit:
- Fill up the chamber with ice and set the drip speed. This ensures that when your ice melts and turns into cold water, it will drip at the speed you want to ensure the perfect level of flavor extraction.
- Add in a filter before grinding your coffee coarsely and placing it in its compartment.
- Chill out and let gravity do all the work for you. Come back in a few hours (the time is determined by your drip speed setting) to find your glass carafe filled with delicious cold brew coffee!
Making Cold Brew Coffee at Home Without Tools
While we would strongly recommend the use of a kit to simplify making cold brew coffee at home, it’s possible to get close to the real thing using regular items you have in the kitchen. Best of all, it’s so easy to do, you don’t even need any coffee know-how or skills. This is the perfect coffee to brew if you want to feel like a professional barista, but don’t have time to drill down on those tricky fundamentals.
Here’s a simple-to-follow 3-step guide on making cold brew coffee at home with no fancy tools required (for 3 cups of coffee):
- Coarsely grind one cup of beans using a burr grinder.
- Add 4 cups of room temperature water to your ground beans and let your coffee steep for 12-18 hours.
- Strain out the coffee grounds and then chill until cold.
Yep., it’s really that simple. Remember, if this recipe is too strong or weak for your liking, you can play around with the ratios of beans and water until you find a combination that works for you. You can also scale up or down these ratios so that you can make a larger or smaller batch of cold brew coffee at home.
Your Coffee, Your Rules
If you’re looking for the easiest type of coffee to brew, then there’s nothing quite as simple and satisfying as making cold brew coffee at home! Whether you have specialized tools or not, all you need is a little patience, and you’ll be enjoying some seriously sensational coffee with barely any effort involved at all. Take control of the flavor intensity, amount, and speed of your extraction so you feel like a pro barista at home! Best of all, you can impress your loved ones and friends, beat the summer heat, and enjoy the unique flavor profile of cold brew without any special equipment, knowledge, or training!