Warming up to Cold Brew: A Super Simple Guide
Cold-brewing has certainly been a big trend in the coffee world, proving very popular in hip cafes and casual coffee spots alike—but is it just a trend of the moment or is there really something more to it?
The idea is pretty simple— allowing your coffee grounds to slowly diffuse in water over a longer stretch of time to create a versatile brew with many benefits. There's nothing wrong with good, old-fashioned hot brewing, but if you have yet to try this alternative brewing method, especially as the warmer months arrive, you should absolutely give it a try!
Lower Acidity: Most people love the way coffee smells, but not everyone can handle the acidic nippiness. Cold brewing leaves much of the acid behind, producing a flavorful and smooth coffee that is easier on teeth, stomachs, and taste buds.
Better and Truer Flavor: Less of that acid means more flavor and nuance—chocolate and caramel notes really pop in light island coffees and fruity, spicy flavors leap out in darker roasts.
Longer Lasting Freshness: As nothing is chemically altered in a cold brew, this means that the coffee’s flavor is more stable and can often maintain its freshness for up to 10 days.
It’s Versatile: A cold brew concentrate makes excellent iced coffee with a few cubes as well as delicious hot coffee when diluted with hot water. It can also serve as a great addition to cocktails or other recipes.
Easy Prep: See below!