How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home
Cold Brew, the favorite drink of the summer months, has increased its popularity recently. However, this brewing method is not really a new method. This method, which has been used in the far East for about 400 years under the name of Kyoto coffee, has come to the fore with new searches in the coffee sector.
In this article, you can find the answer to the questions of what is cold brew concentrate and best coffee for cold brew. Our recipe that you can easily apply at home is also in our article.
Cold Brew Concentrate Ratio
Many of us think that the words “iced coffee” and “cold brew” are the same when it comes to cold coffee. First of all, it is necessary to clarify this confusion of concepts. So what is the difference between them?
Cold brew refers to the preparation process of the coffee, not the temperature of the final product. There are differences in the brewing method of coffee here, and cold brewed coffee can still be drunk cold or hot. Iced Coffee, on the other hand, is prepared using hot brewing methods. It is then served with ice. There are also differences in the flavors of each. You can find the recipe for the preparation of iced coffee in the Iced coffee post.
After clarifying the most important issue, let's say at the beginning what we will say at the end: cold brew coffees are coffees with a smooth taste (sweet), low acidity (on average 65% lower) and high caffeine. Because cold brew coffee is brewed with cold water, it does not have the same high acidity as one brewed with hot water. In addition, in this method, coffee and water come into contact for a long time (10-30 hours). This increases the amount of caffeine released into the water. All these features make cold brew coffee an easy to consume beverage.
Best Coffee for Cold Brew
To summarize the whole process briefly, your coffee will be ready by keeping the ground coffee beans in cold water for at least 12 hours. You can change the soaking time depending on the strength of coffee you want. (Recommended 7-30 hours) As this time increases, the taste of your coffee will also change.
The coffee beans you will use should be coarsely ground. Finely ground coffee beans will have more contact surface with water, so your coffee will be more bitter.
So which brewing system & equipment should we use? If you are making your coffee at home, you do not need to use professional equipment. All you need is a pitcher (or bottle) and a strainer. You can also use French Press if you wish.
We will use a pitcher in our recipe. Our coffee/water ratio is 1/7, so we will use approximately 150 g of coarsely ground coffee beans for 1 liter of water. Your choice of coffee beans is up to you. You can choose the origin you want. Interestingly, good results can also be obtained with Decaf Coffees. Make sure that the water you will use is not tap water.
Put 150 g of ground coffee into the pitcher (bottle) containing 1 liter of water (at room temperature) and stir the coffee grounds. Put the lid on and refrigerate for 7-30 hours (our recommendation is at least 12 hours). At the end of this process you need to take your coffee out of the refrigerator and strain it with a strainer. You may need to repeat the straining process several times so that there is no coffee residue in the liquid. If your strainer is not filtering enough, choose filter paper. Your coffee is ready to drink this way !
A must for cold brew presentation is a tall & thin glass and ice. If you are looking for something different, adding milk, cream or flavoring ingredients (vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, etc.) is entirely up to your taste. Keep in mind that the additions you will make will increase the calories of your coffee.
We recommend you to consume your prepared coffee without waiting too long.
We can easily say that cold brew coffee does not contain calories, as is the case with traditionally prepared coffees. However, cold brew does have some advantages. Since this coffee is super-smooth, it does not require extra additionals (milk, etc.). This will prevent you from getting extra calories. Even those who cannot drink black coffee (without additionals) may like this coffee because of its smooth taste.
But if you have a caffeine intolerance, you may need to stay away from cold brew coffee. Because this coffee is brewed for a long time, it contains a high amount of caffeine.
The effect of caffeine on weight loss has been on the agenda recently. For this reason, cold brew with a high caffeine content is increasing its popularity. You can find more details on the subject in our article titled Coffee and Weight Loss.
Finally, the acidity of your coffee will be low, as no hot water is used while preparing cold brew. If you have a sensitive stomach or reflux, cold brew with low acidity may be a good choice for you.