12 Important Tips For Better Cold Brew At Home
Wondering why your homemade cold brew doesn't taste like your favorite barista? Or tired of bland brews and wondering what went wrong? The brewing process might be the reason. Don't worry! We've all been there.
Today in this blog I will share with you some awesome tips to master it like a barista! Whether you're a coffee professional or just starting your brewing journey, this blog will guide you about cold brew and reveal easy-to-follow tips that'll make your cold brew more flavorful.
So let's get started.
What is a Cold Brew?
Cold brew is a process where coffee beans are steeped in cold water for a longer period, resulting in a smooth, less acidic, and delicious brew. It is also called cold process extraction. Here beans are soaked in cold water for around 12-24 hours for better flavor extraction.
Cold Brew Tips
1) Pick the high-quality beans
Begin with high-quality, coarsely ground fresh coffee beans. Select a blend with flavor notes that resonate well with cold brew, like chocolate or fruity notes.
2) Use cold, filtered water
Filtered water affects the final taste and helps to keep it clean and flavorful. Thus avoid tap water with strong impurities.
3) Give it time to brew
Cold brew is all about time. Steep your coffee grounds in cold water for about 12-24 hours. Try to find your perfect balance of strength and flavor.
4) Use the right ratio
Stick to a coffee-to-water ratio that matches your taste profile. A common starting point is 1:4 coffee to water, but adjust it based on your preferences.
5) Don't rush
After the brewing, filter out the grounds using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. Let the concentrate drip naturally; don't rush the process.
6) Serve in your style
When serving, dilute the cold brew concentrate with water, milk, or a flavored syrup of your choice. Add ice, and you're ready to savor your drink.
7) Try different ingredients
Experiment with flavor additions like vanilla, cinnamon, or some flavored syrup. Customize your cold brew experience for a unique and delightful treat.
8) Follow the right temperature
Cold brew must maintain a temperature between 60 to 75 degrees while brewing. It is observed that cold brew works best when kept in the refrigerator until it's time to brew. So make sure you store it well for a flavorful drink.
9) Lock your brew
Air is your cold-brew enemy. Coffee oxidizes very fast when not stored well and loses its intricate flavor. Thus it is suggested to cover your cold brew while steeping and once done immediately shift to a sealed container and finally into a refrigerator.
10) Emphasize freshness
Select freshly roasted beans to enhance the overall flavor profile of your cold brew. Recently roasted beans bring out more intricate flavors and rich taste notes, contributing to a superior cold brew experience.
11) Choose the Right Grind size
It is recommended to use a coarse grind for cold brew. Fine grinds might lead to bitterness.
12) Steeping time
While 12-24 hours are considered as ideal steeping time, you could experiment with the steeping time based on preferred strength. For example, 12-18 hours for a milder brew, and 18-24 hours for a stronger one.
By choosing high-quality beans, using cold, filtered water, following the right brewing time, maintaining the correct ratio, and serving with creative balance, you can create a cold brew just like your favorite barista. Now it's your turn. Experiment with various ingredients, maintain the right temperature, and, most importantly, lock in the flavors by covering and storing your brew well.
I hope now you know how to make cold brewed coffee at home and the mistakes that you might be making. Tell us the mistake that you found yourself making after reading this deep dive in the comments section.
I am a barista by profession hailing from NC. My journey began in my late teens when I started working as a barista in a local coffee shop. My passion for coffee quickly became evident as I immersed myself in the art of espresso extraction, latte art ...