Strictly Speaking: How to Cold Brew
Stereotypical summer conditions normally transcend upon Dunedin in fits and starts, but when the warmer temperatures are visiting, a hot beverage may not be the most appealing way to get that necessary caffeine hit. To combat this, we present the perfect solution - a cold brew coffee, where you’re able to receive that classic coffee kick in a refreshing way that quenches the thirst.
Cold brew refers to the style of preparation, a process which involves soaking coffee beans in water for a minimum of 12 hours to extract the sugars, oils and caffeine. This lengthy brewing time in combination with zero exposure to heat leads to an incredibly smooth, less acidic, light and delicate coffee. Fruity and sweet coffees are often recommended for this process, like our own Ethiopian Guji roast.
All you’ll need to develop your own cold brew is a large jar, jug or container that’s easy to pour out of, and a device for filtering the liquid once its finished brewing. This method is to create 1L of cold brew, so ensure your vessel of choice is larger than this, or use a plunger to take care of both the steeping and filtering. Specialty cold brew kits are also available for purchase at Strictly Coffee to make the process as easy as possible, but a DIY sieve + filter paper method will be sufficient for the first time. Your finished batch will keep for 5-10 days depending on the freshness of the beans.
You will need: 80g of ground Strictly Coffee, 1L of water, a large container, a filtering device.
- Grind 80g of Strictly coffee beans to a coarse consistency, similar to that of a plunger grind.
- Combine the coffee and 1L of water in your vessel of choice, giving it a good stir so the grinds are fully wet.
- Leave your cold brew mixture in the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours.
- Once brewed, use your selected method to separate the grounds. Simply plunge if using a plunger, or pour the liquid through Chemex or Hario V60 filters. Drain slowly, and replace the filter if it becomes too full.
- Bottle your cold brew and store in the fridge. It can be served straight, over ice, with a splash of milk or even heated. It is a fantastic way to enjoy a quality brew without all the fuss, and having large stock of delicious coffee on hand is very convenient.
Once you’ve created your first batch, try again! One of the benefits of cold brew is its versatility; there are many different variables, it can be consumed both hot and warm, and in many different ways. Experiment over the course of several batches to determine your preferred coffee concentration and style, brew time and the method of extraction.