Cold Brew Coffee. It's becoming one of our most popular requests day after day, and it's no surprise to me. Once you taste the difference between a cup of hot vs. cold-brewed coffee, cold brew's smooth, full-bodied flavor really stands out, and it's hard to forget. So how's it made?
Back To The Grind.
It all starts with a good grind. Consistency is key in creating a balanced flavor. That's where a good burr grinder comes into play. A coarse grind, similar to what you'd use for a french press, is used.
The term "Cold Brew" comes from the process itself -- the ground coffee is mixed with room-temperature or cold water, resulting in a MUCH slower process of brewing.
While we've found the "sweet spot" for our own coffee, once it's mixed, the recommended resting time for cold brew is anywhere from 12-36 hours. It is then strained through a tight filter, and enjoyed hot or iced.
Ever tasted a cup of hot coffee after it's cooled? Yeah...not so great. Because cold-brewed coffee has never been hot, the chemistry doesn't change as it cools. This produces a much more stable coffee, and can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks without loss of flavor or freshness. Who doesn't want that?!
Here's the best news of all! According to a study done by Toddy®, "cold brew is approximately 67% less acidic than coffee brewed by conventional hot-brew methods...", nearly eliminating the issues acidic coffee brings to the table. Your body's delicate pH balance isn't changed as drastically, so you can better benefit from the phytochemicals, antioxidants, and other nutrients found in coffee!
Because of the significantly lower amount of acid, it has a naturally "sweeter" taste, decreasing the need for extra sugar or cream.
So drink to your health, and enjoy a good cup of Cold Brew coffee!
We small-batch roast all our coffee here on the North Shore!
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