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    Cold Brew Coffee 101: A beginner's guide to mastering the art of brewing at home

    Cold Brew Coffee 101: A beginner's guide to mastering the art of brewing at home

    by Alex Brecher October 11, 2023

    Making cold brew coffee at home is easier than you might think. With the right coffee and a few simple steps, you can enjoy a perfect cup of cold brew. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process and share some tips for success.

    Why Make Cold Brew Coffee?

    There are several reasons why cold brew coffee is becoming increasingly popular. Firstly, it is less acidic than hot coffee, making it a great option for those with sensitive stomachs. Additionally, cold brew coffee is incredibly refreshing, providing a much-needed caffeine boost without the heat. Lastly, it is convenient as you can prepare a batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week, ensuring you always have your favorite beverage on hand.

    Tips for Success Making Cold Brew Coffee

    To achieve the best results, consider the following tips when making your cold brew coffee:

    Choose the right coffee beans: Opt for a coarse grind, such as Alex's Low-Acid Organic Whole Bean French Roast. This type of grind allows for optimal extraction and ensures a smooth and flavorful cold brew.

    Take your time: Allow your coffee to steep for at least 12 hours, or up to 24 hours if refrigerated. This extended brewing time enhances the flavor and richness of the cold brew.

    Stir thoroughly: After pouring cold water over the coffee grinds, ensure all the grounds have been fully saturated by giving it a thorough stir. This will result in a more balanced and consistent extraction.

    Ways to Enjoy Cold Brew Coffee

    Cold brew coffee offers versatility in how you enjoy it. Here are a few ideas:

    Straight from the refrigerator: Enjoy your cold brew coffee chilled, letting its smooth and refreshing flavors shine.

    Over ice: Pour your cold brew coffee over ice for a cool and invigorating summer drink.

    With milk and flavorings: Add milk, flavoring syrups, cinnamon, or cocoa to your cold brew coffee for a personalized and indulgent treat.

    As a warm alternative: Yes, you can even heat up your cold brew coffee for a cozy and less acidic warm beverage option.

    Recipe: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

    Ingredients:

    1 cup of Alex's Low-Acid Organic Whole Bean French Roast Coffee
    4 cups of water

    Instructions:

    • Coarsely grind the Whole Bean French Roast coffee.
    • Place the coffee grounds in a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid.
    • Pour the water over the coffee grounds, ensuring they are fully immersed. Stir well to ensure even saturation.
    • Seal the jar or container and let it sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours. If preferred, refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
    • Strain the coffee using cheesecloth, collecting the liquid in a container or jar.
    • Close the container or jar and store the cold brew coffee in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    With this simple guide, you can now enjoy a delicious cup of cold brew coffee made right at home. Experiment with different flavors and enjoy the convenience of having your favorite coffee ready whenever you need it.


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