Updated on 16 October, 2021
Coffee for cold brew is a rather new thing, but one that is rapidly growing in popularity all over the world. Many people these days are deciding that they would like to try adding a bit more flavor to their coffee, perhaps with a bit of spiciness, or with the hope of learning how to have that perfect cup of coffee that gives them that morning "pick me up". Cold coffee is also a great way to get that caffeine rush in, without going through the pain of having to drink it hot. So, here is information on how to make the ultimate cold brew in your own home from fresh ground coffee, so you can step up your brewing game, and still have a delicious tasting coffee each and every day without fail.
You may be wondering what kind of coffee is best for cold brewed, since there really isn't any conventional "type" of coffee that is suited for this process. However, there are some brands of coffee that are actually better for this than others. Generally speaking, Kona Coffee, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee and Yirgacheffe Coffee are some of the best choices, because they are high in caffeine, but still low in acidity and generally mild tasting notes.
Before getting started, you will want to make sure that you have the right coffee grinders. The most common way to go about this is to buy whole beans at your local coffee shop, then grind them up yourself at home (or buy a coffee grinder that will grind the beans for you, if you don't already have one). This is not difficult to do, but you will need to keep an eye on the grinds, so as not to get too much in the way of the natural taste of the coffee. If you plan on cold brewing your coffee, then you will also need pre-ground coffee bags. These pre-ground coffee bags are available at most supermarkets, and are quite cheap.
After purchasing your coffee beans, you will want to start the process by setting your drippot (or whatever container you are using to brew your coffee beans in) to medium heat. When you do this, you will want to put your fresh coffee beans into the pot and add water to the pre-ground coffee bags. Stir the whole mixture until all of the coffee beans are evenly mixed in with the water. You can tell when the beans are done if they are darker and have more of a taste of bitterness.
Now it's time to set your pre-heated pot aside to allow it to heat up. Once the pot is hot, add in your sugar and cream or milk, stir, and let it steep for about two minutes. You will know when the coffee has finished steeping when you hear a distinct coo from the bottom of the pot. This is the cooing sound from the first brewing of the coffee, which is its natural flavor.
The most popular method for making the best coffee beans comes from the beans coming directly out of the coffee tree. Since they are the freshest and best when they are freshly picked, this is what people are looking for. To extract this freshness, the beans go through a process known as "roasting." Roasting also brings out the coffee's aroma and flavor. Depending on what kind of grind your barista uses, it can bring out a different kind of flavor from the roasting process.
To make your own coffee concentrate, simply add water, green leaves (or stems) from the coffee tree, and coarse sea salt to your pot. Stir everything together until the ingredients are fully combined. Place the mixture inside your electric coffee maker, and set it to "brew." You may find that your machine will not read "cold brew" right away; this is okay, just wait a few minutes for the mixture to completely solidify. Once you have the coffee concentrate ready, you may want to brew something else first to test its taste. In no time at all, you'll find yourself wanting to drink cold brew concentrate.
The best way to prepare coffee for cold brew is to use a French press. These allow you to pour the coffee directly into the pot, without decanting it first. This allows you to have the greatest amount of air circulating throughout the coffee grounds, resulting in the purest and most flavorful coffee. You may also consider brewing an espresso with this method, but we suggest that if you do so, you use store bought or pre-measured French presses. If you would like to go really easy on the caffeine, you can steep your coffee in hot water and use a strainer to separate the grounds from the liquid. Now you're ready to enjoy the best brewed cold coffee of your life!