“The Art of Making Cold Brew Coffee” is a video by Seven Miles Coffee Roasters that aims to help you make better tasting cold brew coffee using the classic Toddy Brewer. While cold brew coffee is widely available, it doesn’t always taste good. This video provides you with everything you need to get started and a step-by-step recipe for making cold brew that doesn’t suck. Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast or new to cold brew, this video will guide you through the process and provide helpful tips along the way. From selecting the right coffee to brewing techniques, you’ll learn how to create a refreshing and flavorful cold brew that you’ll love.
In the video, Paul from the coffee science and education centre clears up the difference between cold drip and cold brew. He explains that cold drip coffee can be meaty and not very clean, while cold brew involves immersing the coffee in water to infuse its flavors. To make cold brew, you’ll need a grinder, a brewer (such as the Toddy Brewer), water, and coffee. Paul demonstrates the brewing process using the Toddy Brewer and provides recommendations for the type of coffee to use. After 20 to 24 hours of brewing at room temperature, you’ll have a concentrated cold brew that can be mixed with water or milk, and even used in recipes like ice cream or cocktails. With these simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious and satisfying cold brew coffee that will impress even the biggest skeptics.
The Art of Making Cold Brew Coffee
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Introduction to Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee has become increasingly popular in recent years. It can now be found in cafes, supermarkets, and even your grandmother’s kitchen. However, not all cold brew is created equal. In fact, a lot of the cold brew coffee available can taste quite awful. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making cold brew coffee that actually tastes good. We will be using the classic Toddy Brewer, a reliable and efficient device for making cold brew.
Choosing the Right Coffee
When it comes to making cold brew coffee, the type of coffee you choose can greatly affect the taste of the final product. While an espresso blend can make a good cold brew concentrate, if you plan on serving it straight, we recommend using a filter roasted coffee. This type of coffee offers a cleaner and smoother flavor profile, which is ideal for enjoying cold brew without any additional additives.
Selecting a Cold Brew Brewer
There are numerous options available when it comes to choosing a cold brew brewer. If you prefer the do-it-yourself approach, you can use a stock pot and a filter bag or cheese cloth to make cold brew at home. However, for the purpose of this article, we will focus on the Toddy Brewer. The Toddy Brewer is a simple, yet effective device that produces excellent cold brew coffee. It is highly recommended for both beginners and coffee enthusiasts alike.
The Toddy Brewer
The Toddy Brewer is a specially designed cold brew device that allows for a smooth and flavorful extraction. To begin, you will need to wet the filter and place it in the groove at the bottom of the brewer. Don’t forget to insert the plug in the bottom, as it will prevent any mess when pouring water over the top. The Toddy Brewer also comes with an optional paper filter, which we highly recommend using. This additional filter helps to extract more flavor from the coffee and makes cleanup much easier.
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Preparing the Cold Brew Device
Once the filter is inserted, it’s time to prepare the grinder. For a full batch of cold brew, you will need 400 grams of coffee. Grind the coffee on a coarse setting, somewhere between a filter and plunger grind size. This size is ideal for optimal extraction. Next, measure out two liters of filtered water and pour it slowly over the coffee grounds in the brewer. Try to wet the grounds as evenly as possible, ensuring there are no dry bits. If you are using the optional paper filter, be sure to stir the grounds to ensure thorough saturation. However, if you are not using the paper filter, it is best to avoid stirring the coffee, as the fine grounds can block the filter and cause difficulties later on.
The Brewing Process
Once the coffee grounds and water are combined, cover the brewer and leave it at room temperature for 20 to 24 hours. This allows for the optimal extraction of flavors from the coffee. After the brewing time has passed, remove the plug from the bottom of the brewer and place the brewer on top of a decanter to allow the cold brew concentrate to drain. To maintain freshness, seal the decanter with an airtight seal and store it in the refrigerator for up to 14 days.
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Storing the Cold Brew Concentrate
Now that you have brewed your cold brew concentrate, it’s time to store it properly to maintain its freshness. The cold brew concentrate should be stored in a sealed decanter in the refrigerator. This will ensure that it stays fresh for up to 14 days, allowing you to enjoy a delicious cup of cold brew whenever you desire.
Serving and Enjoying Cold Brew Coffee
Finally, the best part: serving and enjoying your homemade cold brew coffee. For a basic black cold brew, start by taking a chilled glass and adding some ice. Pour one part cold brew concentrate into the glass, and then add one to two parts cold water, depending on your personal preference. If you prefer your cold brew with milk, simply substitute the water with your preferred milk or milk alternative. Additionally, there are countless other ways to enjoy cold brew. You can serve it with ice cream, blend it into a smoothie, or even use it as a base for a cold brew cocktail. The possibilities are endless.
In conclusion, making cold brew coffee that doesn’t suck doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these steps and using the Toddy Brewer, you can create a smooth and flavorful cold brew coffee that you’ll love. Experiment with different types of coffee and brewing methods to find your perfect cup. So, grab your grinder, brewer, water, and coffee, and start making delicious cold brew coffee at home. Cheers!
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