The latest trendy cuppa’ among avid coffee drinkers is the cold brew. Especially popular in hot summer months, this iced cup of heaven offers a richer, mellower alternative to traditional heat-brewed coffee. Imagine sitting outside on a hot summer day and reaching for an ice-cold cup of your favorite Green Dragon coffee that you could make at home. While the cold brew process isn't simply pouring coffee over ice, it is still relatively easy. When you cold brew your coffee, time replaces heat, so you can use a French press, a mason jar, or even a recycled water jug; as long as you have time, you can create a delicious cold brew.
How to Cold Brew
Mason Jar Technique
- Start with your favorite Green Dragon roast (a fresh medium roast tends to give the best flavor, but feel free to experiment) and 1 ½ to 3 cups of filtered water.
- Coarsely grind the beans until you have ½ of a cup to 1 full cup of ground coffee. For a richly flavored brew, a 3:1 ratio of water to coffee is recommended, but there's no need to strictly adhere to this guideline.
- Pour your filtered water and coffee grounds into your mason jar, pitcher, recycled water jug and stir with a wooden spoon.
- Cover and let steep at room temperature for 12-24 hours.
- Once the desired strength is reached, pour the coffee and the grounds into a separate container; then, using cheese cloth, a paper filter, a mesh colander, an old shirt (or anything that will separate the grounds from the coffee concentrate), strain the coffee back into your mason jar.
- Pour over ice and enjoy! Store your coffee for up to a week in the refrigerator.
French Press Technique
- Again, start with your favorite Green Dragon roast and filtered water. The French Press technique is very similar to the Mason Jar Technique. Regardless of how much you make, maintain a 3:1 or a 4:1 water to coffee ratio for optimum flavor.
- Add the grounds to your press and pour the cold filtered water over the grounds. Make sure that they are fully saturated (stir with a wooden spoon if necessary).
- Remove the plunger and cover your French Press
- Let it steep at room temperature or place in your fridge for 12-24 hours.
- Once the desired taste is reached, slowly plunge the filter to strain the coffee.
- Pour over ice and enjoy!
At this point, you may be wondering: what are the benefits of cold brew?
Less acidity: Cold brew is up to 67% less acidic than a traditional cup of coffee. Less acidity means more flavor (and less need for sugary or high-calorie additives).
Mellower flavor: The cold filtered water allows for the flavor extraction to be more selective. Since the temperature doesn't change, the chemical make-up of the coffee doesn't either, so you are left with a mellow, less bitter flavor than a traditional cup of coffee.
Stays fresh longer: A batch of cold brew stays fresh for up to two weeks in the fridge. So even though the cold brew process requires a bit more patience, it results in a longer-lasting batch of coffee than a traditional brew.
With summer in full effect, we encourage you to give cold brewing a try! Select your favorite Green Dragon roast, follow us on Twitter or contact us, and let us know how you much you enjoyed your cold brew.