What is: Cold Brew Coffee?

What is: Cold Brew Coffee

What is it?

Coffee that you brew cold. As opposed to ice coffee which is brewed hot and then poured over ice.

What’s special about it?

It has less acidity and bitterness than traditionally brewed coffee. You don’t apply heat or pressure so the main component in the brewing is time. Cold brewed coffee needs to steep for up to 24 hours, then be diluted by about 50% with water or milk.

What does it taste like?

Like a sweeter, less acidic coffee. Because it has a natural sweetness there’s no need to add sugary syrups to try and disguise bitter tastes.

Where can I get it?

Find a coffee shop where people are slightly outnumbered by Macs.

Alternately you can buy it from brands like Sandows and Minor Figures.

And if that still doesn’t work for you it’s actually pretty easy to make your own cold brew coffee. No specialist equipment required.

Take 120g–180g of coarsely ground coffee and place that in a jug filled with a litre of water, so the coffee is fully immersed. Cover the jug with cling film and store it at room temperature for around 16 hours. Give it a slight shake every so often. Then filter it through muslin or a paper filter. Filter it again, and repeat until you have a nice clear drink. If there are still bits in, your coffee might have been ground too fine. You now need to dilute it by about half with milk or water. You can serve it over ice if you want it really cold.

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