You’ve decided to try it for yourself. You’ve heard it over the years, how temperature affects the flavor of coffee. And having tried both hot and iced coffee, you think you know that cold and hot coffees do have different flavors, but those were coffees that were artificially chilled immediately after brewing. Chances are that flavoring was added as well before you drank it. What about coffees that were brewed hot and left to gradually cool? Will those taste the same?
Definitely not! Cold brew coffees are, as Sunkissed Kitchen writes, “smoother”. They’re great to drink during hot days, and last much longer than coffee that has been brewed with hot water. They’re also super easy to make; no French presses or fancy coffeepots needed!
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee:
Sunkissed Kitchen proposes a great way to brew cold brew – using mason jars. Since brewing cold brew coffee takes longer, using a glass jar is a cheap and easy way to make the drink.
It’s important to keep in mind that cold brew coffee is different from iced coffee. Iced coffee is brewed with hot water then chilled, while cold brew coffee is brewed with cold water and left cold. The different not only affects how quickly you can get the coffee (iced coffee takes a few minutes, while cold brew can take half a day or more), but the flavor.
You won’t need much to make cold brew coffee. To make it you’ll need:
- A mason jar
- Coffee beans (or ground coffee)
- Any additives, such as spices or protein powder
- A blender (if you’re using beans instead of grounds)
- Cold water – either purified from the tap or from a gallon
- Cheesecloth or a filter of some kind
The Right Cold Brew Coffee Ratio:
The perfect ratio for most cold brew coffees is 3:1. That means that you need three ounces of beans for every cup of water. This ratio is perfect if you plan on adding milk or creamer to your coffee before drinking. Any more will make water the coffee too watery after brewing or too mild when you add the milk. Any less will make the coffee either too strong for your taste or keep the grounds from fully being absorbed.
However, you also have to take into account whether or not you’ll be using ice, as well as what kind of milk or creamer you want to use. Sunkissed Kitchen suggests making a weaker brew with a ratio of 2:1 if you’re going to be using coconut milk or a lighter creamer in your coffee. Yet if you’re going to be adding ice – which will be melting over time and watering down the coffee – you may still want to use the 3:1 ratio.
If you’re going to be making a cold brew latte, the best ratio is three ounces of coffee beans for every two and a half cups of water.
Making the Coffee:
Once you’ve gathered all the materials and have figured out what cold brew coffee ratio is right for the drink you want, the coffee is made by blending the beans to make them into a fine grind (if you’re using beans), and adding the grounds to the jar. Don’t forget your additives! Cocoa powder can be a yummy addition to coffee, and Power Creamer’s flavorless collagen protein powder is a great way to get some extra protein in your diet.
Add the appropriate amount of water for the drink you plan on making, and let sit for 12 hours. Though you might be tempted to put the brew in the fridge, don’t! Refrigerating slows the brewing process. The drink should be refrigerated after it’s done brewing and milk has been added.
There’s no straightforward answer to what the perfect cold brew coffee ratio is. It all depends on how strong you want your coffee as well as well as what creamers you plan on adding afterward. Experiment with ratios until you get the exact strength you want. Happy brewing!