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The best cold brew coffee for summer

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Cold brew coffee is the perfect antidote to the struggle of surviving the hot summer months when you don't want a hot coffee. Similar but also quite different to iced coffee cold brew has been gaining popularity for a few years now and for a good reason too.


Because the process involves no hot water to brew it is smoother and less acidic than regular coffee and it is super easy to make at home.


In this blog post, we will be discussing the difference between iced coffee and cold brew coffee and guide you through making your own cold brew coffee at home. We recommend using a lighter roasted coffee with more fruity flavour notes. Our CREATE blend is perfect as it's wonderful chocolate, caramel and licorice flavours are perfect for cold brew.



What is Iced Coffee?


Iced coffee is essentially regular coffee that is brewed hot and then chilled by pouring over ice. The coffee is usually brewed double strength since it will be diluted once the ice is added to it. Iced coffee is very popular and easy to make. However, it can taste a little bitter and acidic because of the brewing process. If you are looking for something smoother and less acidic, then you should try cold brew coffee.


What is Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in cold water for 12-24 hours in the fridge. Unlike iced coffee, cold brew coffee is never heated, which leads to a smoother and less acidic taste. Since the coffee is steeped for a long time, it also has a higher caffeine content. Cold brew coffee is perfect for hot summer days and is very easy to make at home.

Cold brew coffee in glasses


How to Make Cold Brew Coffee


To make cold brew coffee at home, you will need some coffee beans, a mason jar or french press, water, and a strainer. Here is a simple and popular recipe for making cold brew coffee at home.

Ingredients:

  • 60-80 grams of coarsely ground coffee beans

  • 1 litre of cold water

  • Mason jar or French press

  • Strainer or sieve

Instructions:

  1. Start by adding the coarsely ground coffee beans to your mason jar or French press.

  2. Pour in the cold water and give it a good stir to make sure all the coffee is submerged in the water.

  3. Let the coffee steep for 12-24 hours at room temperature. You can leave it on your counter or in your fridge.

  4. After 12-24 hours, it's time to strain the coffee. If you used a French press, simply push down the plunger to separate the coffee grounds from the liquid. If you used a mason jar, use a strainer to separate the coffee grounds from the liquid.

  5. Once the coffee has been strained, you can store it in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week.

How to Make Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is a little more complicated than cold brew coffee, but it's still easy to make at home. Here is a simple and popular recipe for making iced coffee at home.

Ingredients:

  • 60-80 grams of coffee beans, finely ground (espresso or Aeropress grind is best)

  • Half a litre of hot water

  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Start by brewing your coffee double strength. This means using twice as many coffee grounds as you would normally use for your desired number of cups.

  2. Once your coffee is ready, let it cool to room temperature.

  3. Fill your glass with ice cubes, leaving enough room for the coffee.

  4. Pour the coffee over the ice and stir well.

  5. Add milk or sweetener if you desire.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, how to make cold brew coffee and iced coffee at home with fresh coffee beans. While both are great options for a cold summer day, cold brew coffee is smoother and less acidic, making it the perfect choice for those who prefer a milder coffee flavor.


Additionally, cold brew coffee has a higher caffeine content, which can help you power through your day. So, next time you are craving a cold coffee, try making your own cold brew coffee at home, you won't regret it.

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