Growing up, I was never much of a hot coffee drinker. Then, in my early 50s, I tried cold brew coffee. From there on, I was officially hooked.
Nothing is more cooling and refreshing than a cup of iced coffee. Factor in the energizing caffeine boost, and you can see this may very well be the best thing on the planet.
Many individuals are prone to running out to their local Starbucks for their cuppa joe. However, with the current stay at home orders across the country, many are feeling the absence of their guilty pleasure. If you are one of these individuals, you don’t have to go without any longer.
Let’s take a look at how you can make your own cold brew that will more than rival that of Starbuck’s.
The first step to brewing your own cold brew is—don’t overthink it. The process is pretty much as simple as brewing a normal cup of hot coffee.
Some simply pour their normal cup of joe over ice and have done with it. However, if you are looking for a quality coffeeshop indulgence, give a cold brew a shot.
A cold brew cuppa joe is similar in creation to that of the French press—in that both methods center on the technique of steeping the coffee in water much like that of when making tea. It is with this method that the delicious flavor of the bean is extracted to be enjoyed.
Unlike the French press, cold brewing uses room-temperature water, in which the coffee beans are allowed to soak for a more extended amount of time.
It is widely agreed that for the best cold brew, it is suggested that you use the freshest grounds possible. This can be achieved by way of grinding your own.
Once you have ground your beans, place them in a container, and slowly pour water over the grounds, making sure to saturate them thoroughly. Let this sit for 5 minutes then stir the mix thoroughly. You will then place this in the refrigerator and allow it to soak for 10-15 hours. The final step is to strain the mixture, add your favorite flavor enhancer, and enjoy 🙂