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Iced or Cold Brew (Coffee, That Is)

Summer is upon us, with the first day of summer (the summer solstice) on June 20th.  If it's too hot for coffee, you may want to try Iced Coffee or Cold Brewed Coffee to cool you down.

Iced coffee and cold brew coffee are not the same. Iced coffee is brewed coffee with ice cubes added (tip: consider using coffee instead of water for your ice cubes by freezing coffee in an ice cube tray). Cold brew coffee is brewed without heat. The water sits in the grounds for 12 to 24 hours.  The flavors of the grounds are slowly infused into the water, resulting  in a unique tasting, smooth concentrate, full of flavors, without bitterness, and with very little acidity.  The concentrate can then be added to a glass with water and "coffee" ice cubes.  The ratio of concentrate to water will depend upon your taste.  You can make a cold "café au lait" by adding milk.

Cold Brew - the "How To"

There are cold brew systems available for purchase at affordable prices. The Toddy T2N Cold Brew System, pictured, is availabe on amazon.com.  Cold Brew systems are designed to brew coffee with less acid than hot brewed coffee.  An added bonus - no electricity required and the Toddy Cold Brew System also makes tea

Another option for cold brewing coffee is the French Press.  We previously posted Tips for Great Coffee - The French Press, you will find that cold brewing coffee with your French Press isn't much different.  All you need is your French Press, your favorite coffee (coarsely ground) and water.  

French Press Cold Brew Steps: 

  1. Add coffee to the French Press.  A good rule of thumb for French Press is 1 tablespoon of coffee per 4 ounces.  Experiment with the amount of coffee you use for cold brew - personal taste is always a factor. 
  2. Fill the French Press with water.
  3. Stir thoroughly to make sure that all the coffee grounds are wet.  
  4. Let the coffee "brew" in the refigerator for 12 - 24 hours.  The brew time will depen upon how strong you want your concentrate to be.
  5. Just as you would with hot brewing in your French Press, slowly push down the plunger.  Tip:  Just hot French Press coffee, it is helpful to leave a little liquid in the press to avoid getting the "grit" in your concentrate.
  6. Store concentrate in an air tight container.  The coffee concentrate will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks.
  7. Enjoy experimenting with your concentrate to find your perfect summer coffee drink.

We would love for you to share your "recipes" for Cold Brew.


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