Many of us love an iced latte or americano in the warm summer months - but have you ever noticed how coffee always tastes bad once it starts to go cold? Many iced coffee drinks are made using hot espresso which is left to go cold, or poured over ice to create your drink. This method can result in an overly watered-down drink, an acidic flavour and sometimes a bitter aftertaste. The term 'iced coffee' refers to the temperature of the drink – but 'cold brew' refers to the method of how the drink is made. It is believed that cold brew originated around the 16th century in China, but is now popular in coffee shops and cafes around the world. It is easy to make too, follow our simple recipe at the bottom of the page!
To make cold brew all you need is coarsely ground coffee beans, cold water and a jar or container to store them in for a period of time (12-24 hours). By allowing the ground beans to steep in cold water overnight will extract all of the delicious flavour of your coffee, infusing the water to create a smooth and rich coffee flavoured drink. It still retains all of the caffeine, but leaves behind all of the components that can make coffee drinks taste bitter. Be careful not to leave your coffee steeping for any longer than 24 hours however as this can lead to a bitter drink. It can be fun to experiment with shorter or longer steeping times and see which you prefer! Once you're happy with the steeped coffee you just need to pass it through a strainer or a filter to remove the grounds before bottling or serving!
Benefits of cold brew
We love cold brew, it is so versatile and tastes great!
This method results in a subtly sweet, rich, smooth coffee rather than the bitter and overly watered down alternatives of iced coffee
You can leave it to steep over night and make a big batch of it overnight to last the week
Concentrate can be stored for up to 2-3weeks, once diluted with water it lasts about 1-2 days before starting to taste bitter
You can serve over ice for a black cold coffee; with milk for an iced latte; and use it as basis for coffee flavoured cocktails such as Espresso Martini
You can adjust the flavour of cold brew to your taste in a few simple ways. We make our cold brew with 1 part coffee to 4 parts water and leave it to steep overnight for a approximately 20-24 hours before filtering and bottling as a concentrate. We do this to keep the shelf life as long as possible. This concentrate can be stored in your fridge at home for up to 2 weeks, after which time the coffee is still ok to drink but the flavour starts to diminish and you may get a bitter aftertaste. We don't recommend drinking the concentrate directly as it would be very strong (although you may like it like that!), instead we recommend that you dilute 50/50 with cold water just before you drink to create an iced americano. Alternatively, you could pour over ice and sip as it starts to melt. To create an iced latte mix 1/3rd cold brew concentrate with 2/3rd milk and pour over ice. You can add any number of syrups too for some extra sweetness!
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To make your old cold brew at home you'll need:
1 part coffee beans
4 parts cold, filtered water
Grinder, set to the coarsest setting it has
Kilner jar or similar
Filter paper, muslin, fine cloth or similar
Grind the coffee beans coarsely, or alternatively buy a packet of ground beans. The coarsely ground beans are perfect for this method.
Put into your jar with the water and seal. Leave to steep for approx. 24 hours (you can taste and amend the steeping time for future batches to suit your taste)
Using your sieve and a filter carefully pass your cold brew through the filter paper to catch any of the ground coffee - leaving behind any of the sludge at the bottom of the jar. You don't want any of this sat in your cold brew while it is stored in the fridge or it will continue to steep and make your drink taste bad.
This concentrated cold brew can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Cold Brew - Americano
Mix half of your bottle of cold brew concentrate (approx 165ml) with an eaqual amount of cold water. Serve over ice! You can add milk or sugar, however you prefer.
Cold brew - Latte
We like to add a little syrup to our latte - but you can remove this if you don't like drinks too sweet.
Mix 165ml of cold brew concentrate with 25ml caramel syrup. Fill a tall glass with ice and add approx 165ml of cold milk, then add your coffee/syrup mixture on top. Pour over the back of a spoon to create the 'floating' gradient seen in our photo below.
You can follow our recipe for Espresso Martini here!