What is Special About Cold Brew Coffee? Your FAQ’s
With warm weather temperatures and the fresh bloom of Spring flowers knocking at our door, it’s also the time of year we start thinking about cold brew coffee.
(Of course, diehard lovers of this cold brew enjoy it year-round.) There seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding this much-loved coffee drink, so we thought we’d answer some of the most frequently asked.
So, let’s start with the obvious.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
It might surprise you to know that cold brew coffee is not a serving method, it’s a brewing method. Just like hot coffee, there is a specific way to make it. And, if you’ve noticed in your local coffee shop, it’s pricier.
That’s because cold brew coffee is coarsely ground, then steeped overnight in cold water. Once your favorite coffee shop runs out, there is no running to the coffee pot to quickly make another batch.
Is Cold Brew Coffee Stronger Than Regular Coffee?
If you’re talking about caffeine, the short answer is no. It isn’t as strong as regular coffee. That’s because the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee is determined by temperature.
More caffeine is extracted in hot coffee than in cold brew coffee because there’s a higher coffee-to-water ratio with cold brew coffee. This brewing method is also less acidic and easier on your stomach.
So, if hot coffee makes your stomach hurt, you’ll love the smoothness of the cold brew method.
Does That Mean Cold Brew Coffee is Always Served Cold?
Again, no. Cold brew coffee is a brewing method. If you want to serve it warm or hot, you can. Hello, winter drink!
How is Cold Brew Coffee Made?
Steep medium to coarse ground coffee at room temperature for at least 12 hours, if not longer. Then filter out the grounds.
Unlike hot coffee, cold brew uses time as the coffee extractor not heat. The process is longer and more gradual. The result is a smoother version of coffee with low levels of acidity.
What’s the Difference in Taste with Cold Brew Coffee?
It varies just like with hot coffee. Overall, there’s less bitterness, more smoothness, and the flavors are more delicate.
How Should I Grind My Beans for Cold Brew?
Cold brew coffee is best when the coarsest grind setting is used. If you buy your beans from the Coffee Cave, we’ll set the grind for French Press.
A lot of home grinders don’t have a grind setting. So, grind your beans 75% of the time recommended for hot coffee.
How to Strain Cold Brew Coffee: Is There A Secret?
Again, it’s pretty simple. Use a cheesecloth to strain the coffee. Some people strain it twice to get all the sediment out.
If you use a French Press, it’s even simpler. Just plunge the coffee grounds to the bottom and pour!
Cold Brew Coffee Benefits: Are They as Good as Hot Coffee?
Absolutely! Among the many benefits of cold extracted coffee, boosting your metabolism is one of them. It also may lift your mood, lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
As mentioned earlier, due to the lower acidity, it’s easier on your stomach.
Do You Need Special Coffee for Cold Brew?
Not really. The big thing is to stick with a coarse grind. This will make the filtering process easier and the taste will be less bitter.
You can also buy pre-made cold brew coffee brands if you don’t want to make it at home. That’s always an option.
Can You Use Flavored Coffee for Cold Brew?
Of course! The options are the same as for hot coffee. Have fun!
Ready to try cold brew coffee? Stop by The Cave and we’ll be happy to grind your beans for you or fix you up with a delicious cup. Prepare to fall in love!