The Easiest Way to Make Cold Brew
The Easiest Way To Make Cold Brew
If you’re as coffee-obsessed as us, we’re sure you’ve heard of cold brew and maybe even consumed it. But how is cold brew made? And how hard (or easy) is it to make at home?
How is cold brew made?
To sum it up, cold brew is brewed by soaking coffee beans in cold or room-temperature water for a minimum of 12 hours to extra sugars, oils, and caffeine.
Cold brew is up to 60% less acidic than typical, hot-brewed coffee. This happens because coffee grounds, or more specifically the various oils, acids, and other aromatic molecules, are most easily extracted at about 195-205 degrees. When you create coffee using cold or room temperature water, fewer acid forms.
But, cold brew isn’t simply hot brew without the bitterness. Cold brew contains a completely different flavor profile that can’t be found with hot brews. Why? Because not all flavor compounds of coffee solubles are equally soluble.
A majority of the coffee solubles are still able to leach out of the grounds, even in colder water. The compounds that don’t dissolve are the ones often attributed to unfavorable flavors, resulting in a coffee that has a sweeter, floral profile.
The process of making cold brew isn’t for the faint of heart — especially if you’re in dire need of your caffeine fix. But luckily, we have a fix for you.
Discover our Gramercy Park Cold Brew.
Named after the iconic Gramercy Park in New York, this exquisite coffee is smooth, naturally sweet and designed to brew in cold water. And believe it or not, it's easy to make!
Here’s how to make it:
Drop 2 pitcher packs into a 48 fl oz (or larger) pitcher.
Add 32 fl oz of cold, filtered water to the pitcher.
Steep coffee in the fridge for 24 hours.
Gently remove the pitcher packs and add 10-16 fl oz cold, filtered water to taste.
And there you have it! You made cold brew. How do you like it?