How would I drink cold brew coffee?
Cold coffee can either be enjoyed as it is straight out of the brewing jug (it may need diluting with some more water), with milk and ice or as a base in a long drink or cocktail.
There is also nothing to stop you warming it up again, either in a microwave or by adding boiling water.
Is cold brew coffee concentrated?
The extra brewing times make it stronger, so you will likely have to use it as a concentrate and dilute it down. This can either be as a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio with hot or cold water, or with milk and ice for a traditional long iced coffee.
Why can’t I just cool my warm coffee?
Aromatic coffee oils and flavours will dissolve at cold temperatures if they are given enough time, but the acidic substances in coffee will only dissolve at high temperatures. This is why your hot coffee can sometimes taste a bit bitter, especially if it is left to sit for a while.
These sour tastes are still present when you cool the coffee down, but because of the cold temperatures, they don’t taste nice at all. Preparing your coffee cold results in a softer, mellower and smoother taste without all the negative aspects, and does not taste acidic.
Cold brew coffee is therefore perfect for anybody who finds it hard to drink warm drinks due to acid reflux or other digestive issues.
What type of coffee shall I use?
Wondering whether to get coarse or fine ground coffee? If your coffee granules are too fine, then they will likely slip through the filter. A coarser blend will stay put, and not move through to create a sediment at the bottom of your carafe. It will also result in a clearer brew and slightly milder taste.
For this product, it is also important to ensure your coffee granules are essential for cold brew. Some will state on the packet, or just say that they’re only for standard coffee. If you do have a favourite blend, it may just be a case of testing the taste.
Do the coffee granules have to be fresh?
Because the more acidic solubles and oils are not extracted in the cold brewing method, the coffee granules don’t have to be as fresh as with preparing hot coffee.
This makes cold brew perfect for anybody who loves to grind a big batch of their own beans for the freshness, but are then left with a lot of leftovers which immediately start to taste a bit off and stale. There will be no difference in the taste or level of sweetness.