Well, with the weather forecast predicting triple digit temps here this weekend and solid 90 degree temps all next week, there’s no denying that summer is here. I love summer. It holds so many of my favorite things: Sunlight late into the night, camping and hiking, al fresco dining, and of course, Iced Coffee. Ahh coffee… you sweet nectar of the Gods, you’re such a big part of why I make it through the morning without inflicting casualties. Then, when it’s nice and cold, there’s just something even better about it, it just spells summer. Now making Iced Coffee at home, I’ve tried it multiple ways. The first (and the worst) was just brewing normal coffee then adding ice. Which, duh, just left me with watered down lukewarm coffee. The next, and what I did last summer and started to do this summer, is brew coffee the night before, then stick it in the fridge for the morning. Works totally fine, definitely cold in the morning, but then I came across Stumptown’s Cold Brew Coffee which sparked the question, “What’s cold brew?”
Turns out, cold brewing produces a completely different flavor, acidity level, and even caffeine level than normal hot brewed coffee that is just chilled. When hot water meets the coffee grounds, there’s a particular chemical reaction that occurs that “leaches” the flavor. Since you’re taking away the heating element with cold brewed coffee and just adding a time element, you’re creating an entirely different chemical profile of your cup o’ joe. Less leaching and more of a slow extraction. It’s smoother (less acidity) and stronger (higher caffeine) ! Yay science!
Even better, cold brewing your coffee takes out one major step of the whole coffee making process- heating the water. The rest, is entirely the same. Add your coffee grounds to your French Press, fill with water, cover, then wait. That’s it! All it takes is a little planning ahead, and you have your favorite nectar of the Gods in a smoother, higher voltage, already cooled version! I just prep this about 12 hours before I know I’ll be waking up, and then it’s just ready and waiting for me.
Also, this is perfect for camping too- no need to wait to build a fire and heat some water, just prep this before you climb in your tent (keep it somewhere safe), and then you’ll have coffee waiting for you when you awake. It was such a treat when we went camping last weekend! What’s better that waking up next to a gorgeous river on a beautiful morning with coffee already made? Not much, my friends, not much.Once it’s brewed just grab yourself a glass with ice,and then either enjoy it black or with your favorite cream and sugar and I promise you, your iced coffee world will be rocked. Enjoy!
To read more about Cold Brew coffee and other coffee brewing methods, check out this article from Prima Coffee Equipment and then if you’re feeling even more jazzed about new coffee brewing ideas, check out this article about NITRO Cold Brewed Coffee!
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup of coffee grounds*
- 32 oz of water
- Add coffee grounds to a French Press.
- Add cold water and cover.
- Let sit for at least 12 hrs and up to 24 hours at room temperature.
- *I usually use a shy 1/4 cup of coffee grounds for 32 oz, but whatever amount you normally use will work!