Something you HAVE to try- Cold Brew coffee.
Just add some ice to the coffee you brewed and voila? NO!
Cold Brew coffee is so different from the iced coffee that you make by throwing some ice (or coffee cubes) into your coffee to cool it down. I’ll be sure to cover the exact differences in another blog, but this one I want to cover what exactly cold brew coffee is.
So what is cold brew coffee then? I’m telling you right now, the cold brew coffee trend is an absolute game changer and is easily my favorite way to make coffee right now. I’ve even met people who don’t enjoy coffee that LOVE cold brew- it’s that different!
Cold brew coffee simply put is coffee that is stepped in cold water for 8-16 hours (throwing it together before bed works well for that morning cup!) and then filtered. The longer the coffee steeps in the grind, the stronger it gets, and that’s GOOD because you can dilute it later and you’ll be filling your cups with ice cubes anyways!
Cold steeping coffee literally changes the flavor you end up getting in your cup of coffee which is why it’s so important to use a coffee specifically made for cold brew. You’ll also want to make sure you’re using a coarse grind. My favorite type of coffee to use for this is our Pacific Crest Cold Brew- it’s a 100% arabica, organic, single origin columbian supremo specifically chosen for the best flavor after being steeped cold. I use the whole beans and grind them myself when I have the time to get that extra fresh flavor out of them, but use the bag of coarse grind when I’m pressed on time.
Because the coffee is cold steeped over time vs hot steeped for a short interval, it makes for a much smoother, less bitter cup of coffee that has hardly any acidic taste to it (which is one of the reasons why I like it so much!) It also allows the natural sweetness to come out of the coffee bean as well as giving your cup double to triple the caffeine (be careful!). Also, being much less acidic, cold brewed coffee is WAY easier on the stomach especially for people with sensitive stomachs.
Cold brew coffee is seriously my favorite way to make coffee right now and there’s several easy methods to brew it at home. One of the best parts? After you make your cold brew coffee- you can store it for up to a week in the fridge! If you haven’t tried making cold brew before, I’d highly recommend and would LOVE to know how it turned out!