Cold Brew Guide
This brewing method, renowned for its smooth, sweet and low-acid results, is perfect for warm days, or any time you're in the mood for a coffee with a twist.
What You'll Need:
- Freshly roasted coffee beans from Percup
- A large jar or jug
- A burr grinder (Commandante excels for its consistent grind)
- A digital scale (Felicita for its precision)
- A fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth
- Paper filters
1. Dose and Grind:
Weigh out your coffee. A good ratio to start with is 1:8 (coffee to water). So for a 1 litre cold brew, you'll need about 125g of coffee. Grind your beans to a coarse consistency, akin to breadcrumbs.
2. Mix Coffee and Water:
Add your ground coffee to your jar or jug, then pour in cold, clean water. Stir the mixture thoroughly to ensure all the coffee grounds are fully saturated.
Cover your container and let your coffee steep at room temperature. Patience is key here as the steeping process will take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, depending on your flavour preference. The longer you steep, the stronger the flavour.
After steeping, it's time to separate the coffee grounds from your liquid gold. Start with a coarse filtration by pouring the brew through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. Then, for a cleaner cup, carry out a second filtration through a paper filter.
5. Serve and Enjoy:
Your cold brew concentrate is now ready to be savoured. Cold brew is quite versatile: enjoy it neat, dilute it with water or milk to taste, or use it as a base for coffee cocktails. Remember, cold brew coffee can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Cold brew offers a different dimension to the coffee experience, with its unique taste profile and refreshing characteristics. While it takes a bit longer to prepare, the results are well worth the wait. As with any brewing method, be sure to taste and adjust the variables to suit your preference.