I shake my head every time I see the cost of cold brew coffees. I suppose that people are willing to pay those prices because they don't understand how easy it is to make cold brew. So, your friendly neighborhood Pale Horse is here to break it down for you.
First, let's look at when cold brew might be a better fit:
- If you have acid reflux or other problems caused by acid, cold brew is for you. Acidity is normal in coffee and primarily from the heating of the coffee during the brewing process. So, cold brew uses cold or room temperature water so the acid issue is greatly reduced.
- Sometimes, it's hot outside. No, really, sometimes it is. Maybe you don't feel like sipping on 190-degree coffee while out fishing or at the beach under the summer sun. However, with cold brew coffee, you can take an iced mixture of your favorite caffeinated magic and it becomes a refreshing, and cooling, treat.
- Cold brew coffee contains more caffeine than hot coffee. This is due to the long steeping process. So, when you need the caffeinated punch in the face, don't buy overpriced, roasted cat piss in a bag, high caffeine coffee. Just cold brew and enjoy.
- Just like it's hot cousin, cold brew coffee allows drinkers to look forward to a longer life, sharper brain function, some great anti-aging effects, and a boost to their weight loss attempts.
Now you know all the coolness to cold brew, let's talk an easy way to make it yourself at home. Here are the steps...it's complex so pay attention:
1. Buy coffee beans from Pale Horse. The darker, the better for cold brew.
2. Grind said beans on "coarse" setting. Or, order the coffee "coarse".
3. Use 8oz of coffee and 8oz of water. This may seem like a lot, but you are essentially making a coffee concentrate. You'll be cutting it with water later so it will even out. Dump coffee and water into a container (large mason jar, big glass bowl, whatever) and leave on the kitchen counter for 12-24 hours. ***DO NOT put in an airtight container or it will break, crack, explode, etc. The brewing process will release gases from the coffee and if you give those gases nowhere to go, you're going to have a giant mess.
4. After 12-24 hours, pour your mixture through a wire mesh strainer or cheesecloth to strain out the grounds. Highly recommend the cheesecloth as it works the best. Highly DON'T recommend using a coffee filter or you'll be waiting FOREVER for it to strain. Strain a few times to make sure you have a clean final product. Also, don't squeeze or push the coffee to try to help. This will extract some bitterness that you don't want.
5. Store your final product in an airtight jar, pitcher, or whatever works. You can store it for up to two weeks.
6. Pour about 1/2 cup of the cold brew over 1 cup of ice in a tall glass and add 1/2 cup of cold filtered water. You can drink the cold brew straight-up too, but remember, the caffeine level is much higher.
Hope this helps! You can do a search for cold brew coffee recipes and find other cool drinks to make.
Side note - If you are wondering what the hell nitro-coffee is, it's cold brew in a keg dispensed with nitrogen.