Cold brewing doesn’t require any more skill or effort than regular brewing, but it does require quite a bit more time. Here are the simple steps to follow for the best results…
What you will need?
- Grind 90g of beans on a coarse setting.
- Add the grounds into a plunger (in this tutorial we are using a 1 litre plunger).
- Slowly pour 887ml of room temperature water into the French press in circular motions to fully immerse the grounds.
- Use a spoon to stir and push the grounds down as you don’t want them to float at the top.
- Cover with the plunger (or anything else that will cover the top if it doesn’t fit on the shelf) and leave in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
- Press the plunger down, but not all the way as you don’t want to release the bitter flavours.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
A vital part of cold brewing is the grind size, here are some tips for achieving the perfect grounds…
Which grind size should I use for cold brew?
If you’re spending 12+ hours making this beautiful cold brew, you need to make sure you’ve got the basics right first. Grind size plays a huge roll in the end result and can either make or break your refreshing concoction.
A coarser grind size is best for a cold brew
Cold brew vs iced coffee taste – are they the same?
In short, no. Iced coffee is brewed with hot water and then cooled down. This means it has pretty similar flavour and characteristics of a normal cup of coffee, but it’s cold and served over ice.
Cold brew is made in a completely different way, so yields completely different results. As I mentioned previously, it has a more subtle and mellow flavour profile.
Iced coffee (depending on the blend you choose) may have a bolder acidity and richer flavour