We’re getting closer to the season of festivals and the last waves of the Indian summer are hitting most cities. It won’t be long before we switch our iced coffees for hot chocolate. With that, we thought this would be a good time to master the art of a perfect Cold Brew and sip the summer away with one of our favourite options for a cold drink. It tends to be slightly less acidic and bitter than your regular hot coffee and the long steeping gives you a more full-bodied flavor.
Perfect For those who:
- Want something easy to make and doesn’t require any equipment.
- Consume large quantities of coffee.
- Like a refreshing, cool coffee that has a deep flavour.
It’s honestly for anyone! It can be consumed black as well as mixed with your favourite accompaniments.
The actual brewing is the only time-consuming aspect of this recipe but it doesn’t require any manual work and you can make large quantities so you only do this once or twice a week!
- Room temperature filter water
- Coffee – the coarser, the better. Preferably a dark/medium roast
- Jug/Mason Jar/Bottle to store
- Any filter – muslin cloth/sieve/coffee filter
- Add 1/4th cup of coffee for every 1 cup of water in a jar/jug/bottle. Stir well. This will make a cold brew concentrate.
- Cover with a lid.
- Let it steep for at least 12 hours in a cool dark spot or upto 24 hours in the refrigerator.
- Pour the concentrate through a sieve/filter into another container.
- To get a really clean cup, we recommend a double filtering process of straining the grounds through a sieve and then again with a coffee filter to pick up any remaining silt.
- Taste a little of the concentrate you’ve prepared and adjust with water as per your liking. A 1:1 ratio is ideal as the concentrate in itself can be potent.
- If refrigerated long enough, it’ll be cold enough to drink. We recommend topping it off with ice to give it a smoother texture.
- Add milk and/or sugar or drink it as is!
- Try and consume it within 1 week for maximum taste as over time the flavour tends to dilute.
- Have some fun with this refreshing drink and experiment with a variety of flavours such as vanilla extract/syrup, condensed milk, cinnamon powder, an orange wedge or honey. Turn it into a fun cocktail by adding a dash of cointreau, white rum or Baileys.
Did you know?
- A few brands have also come up with Drip Bags – add a bag in a cup of water overnight, top it off with ice and/or milk in the morning and you’re all set! These come in handy while traveling or if you’re trying this for the first time and want to taste it before making large batches.
- While you can use any coffee blend, some brands have created unique Cold Brew blends to maximise the flavour and experience. These come as pure coffee blends as well as mixed with flavour variants.
We’re currently loving the cold brew blend light from Blue Tokai. Check out our Cold Brew options on BeanDeck. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do and share your creations by tagging us on Instagram.
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