How to Brew It: Cold Brew
For those who love coffee but need it cold in the summer. Cold Brew is the go-to option. But many roasters and cafes choose to use older beans of poorer quality because the process of brewing cold brew tends to eliminate those harsher flavors present in old and poor beans. The problem with using such inferior coffee beans is that the drinker is robbed of the bright, amazing flavors in high quality coffees such as ours.
What we've done is created a recipe that uses outstanding beans whose flavor is actually highlighted in the cold brew, while still avoiding any bitterness or acidity one might get in hot brewed coffee. Below is our standard recipe using our Empower Cold Brew Maker, but feel free to experiment to discover your own perfect cup of cold brew.
- Empower Cold Brew Maker (but any container can work provided you have a way to strain the liquid so as to to get coffee grounds in your drink)
- 55-60 grams (about 3/4 to 1 cup) of whole bean coffee (we recommend Tega & Tula)
- Filtered water
Grind your coffee to a coarse consistency. You don't want the grounds too fine as this could risk overextraction. You also don't want any coffee grounds escaping through your filter.
Place grounds into the Empower Coffee Maker filter container, or if you are using a separate method, place grounds into filtered bag and tie.
If using the Empower Cold Brew Maker, place the filtered container with grounds into the glass so that it is securely fastened, then add filtered water to the top square on the glass bottle.
If using a separate container, place the filtered bag in the container, then pour filtered water in. Recipes range from 1:2 for cold brew concentrate to 1:5 for ready-to-drink cold brew, meaning for every cup of coffee, you want 6 cups of water.
Cover the container or Empower Cold Brew Maker and place in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, or place on your counter for about 18 hours.
Once the time has elapsed, remove the cover and take out the filter bag or container.
Your cold brew might be quite strong, so feel free to add more filtered water until you reach the desired taste.
- Try making your own simple syrup to add to the cold brew for extra fun flavors!
- Cold brew lattes are also quite delicious. You can even froth your milk using a french press!