Cold brew coffee has been considered a trendy drink for a few years now. If you’re one of the few coffee drinkers who have yet to try it, take one sip on a hot summer day and you’ll see why it’s more than a passing fad. In fact, you might make it part of your daily coffee routine. But before we get into the how-to, what is cold brew anyway?
While both are enjoyable, there is a difference between cold brew and iced coffee. To make iced coffee, you simply brew coffee like you normally do and pour it over ice. The result is cold and refreshing, but often also diluted and more acidic-tasting than cold brew.
If you want a cold caffeinated kick with the full bold flavor and smooth taste, cold brew is the way to go.
Step 1: Steep
Cold brew’s ratio of coffee to water is higher than drip coffee. It tastes smooth, but can also be stronger depending on how much you dilute it in step 3.
Step 2: Strain
To create your cold brew concentrate, pour the mixture through a thin coffee filter or cheesecloth. Regular strainers generally have holes that are too large and allow some grinds to seep through. Holding cheesecloth underneath your strainer will help make sure only the liquid land in your pitcher.
If straining seems like a pain, look for pre-packed bags of coffee grounds at your neighborhood Giant Eagle that you can steep just like tea.
Step 3: Stir
Add ice and about a ½ cup of cold water per serving, mix and enjoy.
Or, if you’re a true coffee connoisseur, make French press cold brew by mixing your grounds with room temperature water, stirring and letting sit for at least 12 hours. Then press, strain, and refrigerate.
Ready When You Are
Make a big batch once and you can enjoy it at your leisure. No waiting for it to brew drip by drip.
Steeping in cold water rather than brewing with hot water creates a flavor that’s less bitter.
A pot of hot coffee has to be enjoyed in a small window of time. Cold brew can be kept in your fridge for days–although you’ll probably drink it sooner.
Making cold brew at home is a great way to save money compared to buying it at a coffee shop.
One of the best things about cold brew is you can make it with any coffee you like. Order your favorite blend through Giant Eagle Curbside Pickup & Delivery and make some today.