Cold Brew Coffee

Hungry, Darling?
Fri, 9 May 2014 09:50:41 +0000
In the past year myself and the boyfriend have become, well, coffee snobs. There, I’ll admit it! You won’t see either of us near a jar of instant anymore, and I must apologise to work colleagues for the times they’ve made me a cup and I’ve said no… sorry! Although not entirely sorry, because you really won’t have tried coffee until you’ve experienced freshly roasted, freshly ground and freshly brewed coffee beans. <br /><br />Speciality coffee is all my boyfriend’s forte (cue the guest post, Mark?), and brewing methods such as the Aeropress, the V60 and the Clever Coffee Dripper create a ridiculously expansive taste sensation. So much so that we won’t even step into those well known coffee chains unless we’re in desperate need of a fix… Hopefully more of this at a later time!<br /><br />I’m pretty happy to use a cafetiere during the week to keep me going, but last week I suddenly ended up with more coffee than I knew what to do with. As fresh coffee ideally needs to be used within 2 weeks of being roasted, I needed a way to use it up without drinking an excessive amount in one go. Enter, cold brew coffee.<br /><br />I first experienced proper cold brew coffee while in Australia. One of our favourite coffee shops, Standing Room Only, used a process called cold drip to produce quite possibly the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. Cold water is passed through coffee grounds drip by drip (literally!) over the length of anywhere between 8-16 hours. The result is a coffee concentrate, bursting with a depth of flavours depending on what coffee bean you are using.<br /><br />Desperate to re-create this at home but minus the equipment to control dripping, we found a method that produced just as tasty a brew and in a way so simple that anyone can do it!<br /><br />All you’ll need is some freshly ground coffee, filtered water (preferably at room temperature) and a large jar to brew it all in.<br /><br />The coffee I’m using for this is a delicious Brazilian variety I received from a wonderful UK company called Pact Coffee. Now I’m under no obligation from them to do this, but I can’t help but sing their praises! Every fortnight I get a bag of freshly roasted and ground coffee beans sent directly to my doorstep, with freedom to push deliveries forwards or backwards however I please. The variety of coffee they supply is fantastic, providing for whichever brewing method you prefer. Not only this, but the crew at Pact are officially some of the friendliest people out there and they’ve been ever so kind to offer you guys a bag to try for just £1! Head over to the site, enter the code HUNGRYDARLING and treat yourself.<br /><br />So back to the cold brew! We’re going to use a ratio of 120g ground coffee to every litre of water. To get 600ml of cold brew I used 96g coffee and 800ml filtered water – remember you’ll lose some liquid as it soaks into the grounds.<br /><br />Simply tip your grounds into a large jar, followed by the water. Give it a gentle stir and pop the lid on. Now leave it in a cool, dark place for 8-14 hours; overnight for 12 hours is ideal.<br /><br />When your coffee is brewed, you’re going to need to filter it. This is possibly the trickiest part of the process, as there are a lot of grounds and sludge in that container! I began with a cafetiere, plunging it through in two rounds to get rid of the majority of the grounds. Although this seems to get rid of the solid remains, you’ll find that a coffee sludge is still leftover. I used a V60 lined with a paper filter to strain the coffee through a second time. You could also simply use paper filters or even a tea strainer (warning: this could take a while!) to pass the coffee through into a container of your choice.<br /><br />Once you’ve filtered it, that’s it! Fresh, cold brew coffee ready for you to enjoy. This coffee will be concentrate, so will be quite a strong hit on it’s own. I like to serve it over ice, letting the cubes melt and slowly dilute the coffee. I also like to swirl a bit of milk into it – yes, because it’s pretty! The coffee should be stored in the fridge and will be at it’s best for up to 2 weeks.<br /><br />I also tried freezing some of my cold brew into ice cubes. These are AMAZING floating in a cup of hazelnut milk, slowly releasing their dark, coffee swirls into the cup. Perfect for lazy, sunny afternoons sat in the garden.<br /><br />Well it’s almost the weekend, so what perfect time to try out some cold brew? Remember to head over to Pact and pick up your bag of coffee for £1, using our special code HUNGRYDARLING. You lucky coffeeholics. <br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br />The post Cold Brew Coffee appeared first on Hungry, Darling?.
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