Updated on 16 October, 2021
One sip of unflavored coffee is often enough to make you an instant convert to the world of cold brewing. The long brewing time, special equipment, the skill of grinding, all contribute to the individualized taste. The best coffee beans allow you to nail down the exact taste profile and still have a rich, fresh brew each morning. But what if you don't have much time for grinding and brewing your coffee? Don't despair - in just a few easy steps, you can convert your old-fashioned drip brewer into a cold-brew machine in just minutes.
To create cold brew, you will need filtered water, coffee, ice cubes, flavored gourmet coffee (your choice) and instant or bottled coffee, tea or hot chocolate syrup. You will also need a small pot with an attached strainer, a siphon tube and a coffee grinder attachment. For ease of operation, it is better to have separate components such as the electric coffee popper & the siphon tubing located apart from each other. In order to extract more flavor, you may want to use either a regular pot or a French Press. Some people like to use espresso machines, especially when making iced coffee.
The first step is to get the coffee beans prepared. It is best to use coarse grinds as they are more likely to retain the real flavor of the blend. However, it is also important to note that coarse grinds tend to have a fuller body. As such, they are not suitable for those who are looking to have a light, crisp cup of Joe. If you prefer a lighter cup of Joe, then opt for the finely ground beans.
You can also purchase coffee grinds at coffee shops and specialty shops online. If you have a regular coffee maker, then all you would need to do is grind the beans and then store them in your machine. If not, then there are plenty of options for you such as an Amazon Instant Coffee Pod, a Starbucks Instant Espresso Drink or at Lowes. If you are looking for a rich aroma in your coffee, try a Starbucks Cold Brew coffee.
For more flavor, try buying some K-Cup coffees that are available in many supermarkets these days. These brands of coffee press come pre-ground and include the coffee oils and flavors which help in creating a richer, darker and bitter-tasting cup of Joe. You can also find different varieties of K-Cup brands such as flavored Blueberry K, Coffee Lite and Flavored Chai Tea.
The next step is to purchase the coffee beans suited for your particular coffee blend. The first option that you have is to buy whole beans. These are available at your local grocery stores or online. The reason why you should consider buying whole beans is because they contain all the active compounds, the antioxidants and much more. Buying half a pound at a time when you just starting to enjoy the drink is not advisable because you may not get the full benefit of the rich flavor of the original blend.
Another option that you have is selecting the right coffee beans for your particular beverage. For example if you want to make a rich espresso, then it is best suited to purchase French presses and grind the beans according to the manufacturer's specifications. On the other hand if you want to make a cappuccino, you should use the best suited size of the French press. You can choose between two sizes: one ounce and two ounces, depending on the type of beverage that you want to create.
Last but not the least, you should also consider other important factors like the brewing time and the grind size. Long steeping time will affect the taste because you do not have enough time to let the coffee beans fully develop. On the other hand, smaller grind size will prevent the bitter taste in your coffee. At the same time, it is important to note that you should only grind the beans according to the manufacturers' instructions. This is the best way to create long-lasting, fresh cold brew coffee.