I have been making my own cold brew coffee for a few years. It is a great, refreshing summer drink. I recently got a new cold brew pitcher.
For a long time I just wrapped grounds up tight in a coffee filter and left in water overnight. It worked. Sometimes the filter would unwrap, letting the grounds out. You could do this with cheese cloth if you wanted.
My problem with this method was really that it doesn’t produce much volume. I like coffee every day. Cold Brew needs about 12 hours to brew to be good. This meant I spent a few summers constantly making a cup at a time.
I wanted a more efficient way. I found a kit on amazon for a good price. Check out the Cold Brew Video.
So, some people might be asking, Why Cold Brew?
It’s a valid question. My answer is, just try it. That was all it took for me. I tried it and I liked it. It tastes good to me. It’s like everything I love about hot coffee without the bite.
Cold Brew = less gut irritation.
That’s because cold brew has less acidity than hot brewed coffee. Hot coffee has a high acidity level. According to Michelle Miesse It can mess with a person’s pH level, causing discomfort. The lower acidity in cold brew coffee means it will not cause the same discomfort.
Another benefit of cold brew is that it will not go stale quickly like hot coffee. Because cold brew was never hot, it doesn’t go stale. It can be kept in the refridgerator for a few days and be good.
Many, like Dan Myers, state the case that cold brew is creating coffee with higher caffeine concentrations that hot brewed coffee. He says many cold brews have over 200mg of caffeine, where a comparative hot brewed cup has more like 100 mg of caffeine.
- I think there are some different variables here that could greatly impact caffeine content.
- time brewed
- beans used
- dilluted with water, milk, or other ingredients
- not an exact science, like in processed bevereages.
Thus I think it’s difficult to state definitely that cold brew has more caffeine. For my cold brew drinks, I just mix 1 part cold brew with 1 part water and I add about a tablespoons of Torani sugar free syrup.
If anyone has not tried cold brew, you should. If you do, let us know what you think!