While temperatures outside may be falling here at eatCultured HQ in NYC, we're still just as happy to brew a great cold brew for our team as a steaming cup of joe.
Cold Brew Digestibility Benefits
Cold brew relies on steeping coffee in cold water to infuse coffee into the water. For those who suffer from acid reflux or sensitive digestion, cold brew is a great alternative to hot brewed coffee.
Heating or mixing hot water with ground coffee releases acid and sour solubles that can increase the likelihood of digestive discomfort.
Since heating then cooling coffee also releases more bitter flavor notes, many people also find cold brew a more palatable alternative to hot coffee.
Thankfully with Cultured Coffee we control-ferment out beans to lower both acidity, sourness and bitterness in the beans, meaning you don't need to choose between brew methods unless you want to!
Here's our guide to making a great batch, every time, with no need for complicated equipment or ingredients.
Brewing Perfect Cold Brew Every Time
Making a great cold brew doesn't have to mean expensive equipment or ingredients. Instead, we prefer to keep things simple and use the equipment we have to hand.
This recipe makes a full jug of black cold brew, feel free to adjust if you prefer to add a dash of your favorite milk to the mix too:
1/4 cup of Cultured Coffee beans (approx 59g / 2 US oz)
4 cups of cold water, preferably filtered
1 standard size or 4 cup French press (approx 32 US fl oz)
1. To begin brewing, grind your beans on a medium-coarse setting.
2. Add the coffee grinds into your empty French press using the tablespoon. Remove the plunger from the French press before you add the beans and set aside.
3. Add the cold water into the French press, slowly stirring as you go so the coffee mixes with the cold water
4. Top off the French press and store it in your refrigerator for 12-24 hours. The longer you let the coffee infuse, the stronger your cold brew will be.
5. After 12-24 hours, remove the cold brew from the refrigerator.
6. Using the French press plunger, depress slowly to separate your cold brew from the grounds as you would with regular hot French press coffee.
7. Pour and enjoy!
If you don't have a French press to hand, you can halve the quantities in this recipe to brew with a 16 US fl oz mason jar or sealed jug.
Add the fresh coffee grounds into the filter bag, add to the container and immerse in cold water for the same length of time. Remove and rinse out the filter before you serve to enjoy again next time!
What's your favorite method for brewing cold brew? Let us know below!