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Happy National Cold Brew Day!

By Ryan Hatt | April 20, 2016

We all love our coffee during those cold winter months. Our warm, reliable friend wakes us up in the morning and prepares us for the bitter air we are about to meet outside. And we still enjoy our coffee in the summer time, but find that we don’t necessarily rely on the warmth to get us to our destination. This is where cold brew coffee steps into the picture and delivers that delicious coffee taste we love while also providing a cool, refreshing drink for those hot summer days.

Today is National Cold Brew Day, which is perfect timing as spring is underway and warmer weather is upon us. Cold brew coffee has been around for quite some time, but has only grown in popularity over the last few years. The great part about it is that it is easy to brew at home using any coffee you desire (although, I highly recommend our Arbor Day Blend for a smooth, rich taste).

Cold brew is defined as coffee which is brewed with water at room temperature or colder. You may be familiar with the term “iced coffee” which is coffee brewed hot and then cooled over ice. Don’t mix the two up as they produce very different drinks. The water temperature affects the taste of your coffee considerably. As any coffee brews, water extracts the soluble particles of the coffee and dissolves it into the water. Hot water causes it to dissolve very quickly which is why we can brew coffee in just a few minutes. When coffee is brewed hot and then chilled over ice, you might find a very bitter taste since coffee flavors change drastically during the cooling process.

In addition, as the ice melts, you will most likely end up with watered down coffee. The cold brew method, however, requires a much longer time for the coffee particles to dissolve in the water, so it must steep for at least 12 hours. This process creates a smooth, rich coffee concentrate you can use to create your specialty cold brew beverage. I wouldn’t recommend drinking the concentrate by itself as it will be almost too strong to handle. Adding water or your favorite creamer will blend the perfect drink.

Here is a basic guide to mastering cold brew coffee at home. I’ll suggest a couple ways to spice it up, but you can get creative by adding your favorite flavors and creating your own custom drink. Once you master your cold brew recipe, share it with us!

Step 1: Prepare

Add 1 part ground coffee to 4 parts water and stir. Make sure every coffee ground is soaked. Using 1 cup of ground coffee and 4 cups of water will produce enough concentrate for 4-6 drinks.














Step 2: Steep

Let the coffee steep for at least 12 hours. You can leave the coffee in ambient temperature or let it brew in the refrigerator. Both ways will produce different results, so experiment and try them both.











Step 3: Filter

Once the coffee is brewed, you need to filter out the grounds. There are a couple ways you can do this. I like to use a Chemex with a paper filter (shown in the picture). This way creates little mess and keeps the coffee in the Chemex for easy pouring. If you don’t have a Chemex, you can use a strainer with cheesecloth to separate the grounds.












Step 4: Mix & Enjoy

Fill a glass with ice (if you prefer ice) and fill about halfway with the coffee concentrate. You can then fill the rest with either water or half and half depending on your preference.









 There are a number of different ways to concoct the perfect drink. Here are a couple of our own recipes, but feel free to experiment!

Arbor Day Iced Coffee

  • 5oz coffee concentrate
  • 5oz of half and half
  • Heat 2 tbsp sugar with 2 tbsp water (let cool)
  • Mix and pour over ice


Mocha Iced Coffee

  • 5oz coffee concentrate
  • 5oz of half and half
  • 1-2 tbsp of chocolate syrup
  • Mix and pour over ice

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What cold brew are you drinking today?

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  • Reply Helene Kommel May 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Thank you Ryan. For those of us who start with whole beans, what grind do you recommend for your Cold Brew recipe?


    • Reply Ryan Hatt May 11, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Helene. I use the same grind size that I use for drip coffee. You don’t want it too fine or too coarse. Hope that helps!

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