With summer around the corner, chilled beverages are just perfect refreshments, be it Mojito or Virgin Mary. But if your morning starts with a good dose of caffeine, then the best chilled refreshing drink you can go for is cold brew coffee. Easy to prepare, cold brew coffee is one of the recent trends among many coffee lovers. Caffeine lovers across the world seem to love the chill vibes instead of going for hot brews especially during summers. After all, hot mocha or latte during summers is often a big ‘no’ from many people, even at cafes.
Also, for someone who is not an early morning person, it is a real game-changer. You no longer need to wake up in the morning and begin with a hot cup of coffee. Instead, you can kick start your day with something chilled and refreshing. Also, you can save a couple of dollars on coffee makers or at an expensive cafeteria on your way to work. Just enjoy your summer days with a glass of fresh cold-brewed coffee and chill out.
Cold-brew enhances the taste to the tip of your tongue, as in slow brewing, the beans gradually release the flavor over time. Unlike any regular hot coffee that is just ready to drink! Nothing is better than concentrated coffee that you can later mix with milk and water, make a hot black coffee or cold coffee according to your beverage preference.
You can also try pumpkin spiced latte or cappuccino, as you can make a jug full of cold brew on weekend, and store it to keep pouring every morning for a week. For anyone who is not a regular coffee maker, making cold brew coffee isn’t an uphill task. But it does have a few steps that need to be followed without a miss! And if you’re wondering how to make a cold brew coffee, here we’ve laid down the steps. Just follow it and you’ll end up with a glass full of refreshing cold brew coffee. And with a sip, you’ll think about that why you haven’t been making it for long!
Why Make Cold Brew Coffee?
Before we lay down the steps to make cold brew coffee, some of you might wonder why even make one. Well, you can always drink hot coffee, even in the summers. But for those, who love coffee, the flavor matters a lot.
When it comes to cold brew coffee, it takes time to process but it provides a better flavor profile than the hot one. It’s because heating affects both the color and flavor both. You can just soak the coffee beans for over a night or two in a cloth filter and use it the next morning. Also, consuming cold brew coffee helps you to increase your metabolism and maintain your weight. One cup of cold-brewed coffee is enough to boost your energy, uplift your mood and focus better.
Besides, the pandemic has all of us stuck at home, working, relaxing, and whatnot. For someone working from home tirelessly, they do deserve a coffee break often. And what could be more refreshing than a cold brew coffee? You don’t need to make an excuse in the middle of a meeting to go out to grab a cup of your favorite beverage. Just take out your cold brew coffee from the refrigerator, mix it with water and ice, and you are good to go!
Consuming cold brew coffee regularly may help you to keep your blood sugar in control, improve your heart health and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Above all, filtered coffee is a healthier choice than your regular espresso or latte and it also makes your mornings energetic.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
Start your cold brew coffee-making process by gathering all the stuff you need- grounded coffee, and a jug/mug full of water. To make cold brew coffee, you need to go through the following steps to get the best flavor and taste. So, let’s begin.
Measure Coffee and Water Ratio
For each 1 cup of water, you will need to utilize 1/4 cup of coffee. You can use whole coffee beans and grind them yourself to a coarse grind or purchase grounded coffee. You can add more water and coffee if you need to make more. Just keep in mind the proportions of the water and coffee before you go for the next step.
Let It, Brew
When you’re mixing coffee and water, let it sit for 12-18 hours to allow the coffee to release its flavors in water. Well, if you want a strong flavor, then it’s best to soak it for somewhat around 14 and 18 hours. It will give you the best cold brew flavor without turning out too strong nor too light in taste. You can either keep your cold brew on your kitchen countertop at room temperature or put it in your refrigerator to have it perfectly chilled the next morning.
Strain The Cold Brew
Once you take out the coffee from the refrigerator, the last step is to strain it to remove the coffee beans. For grounded coffee, also it’s best to strain it once. Grab a fine mesh strainer (cheesecloth) over a large bowl. It’s quite convenient if you strain the coffee in a jug, which makes it easy to pour into glasses. Plus, you can store the rest.
Now that you know how to make cold brew coffee, grab your coffee beans and a jug to make some for a whole week. Store it properly and enjoy it every day. Also, here’s how should store it- opt for a large jar or jug, and always keep it in the refrigerator. Apart from this, always keep in mind that cold brew coffee can stand for a week only before its flavor starts to go. So, if you’re preparing in advance, then always make for one week only, else it will taste nothing less than ice water.
Serve your coffee dark or with a little milk or cream. You can also add cream, a drizzle of honey, and a pinch of ocean salt for a rejuvenating iced coffee. Also, try your hand in making an iced salted caramel latte with cold brew coffee.
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