It’s cold and it’s miserable, especially with the arrival of Storm Brendan this week. But let’s face facts, its winter and we all hate the weather this time of year.
So, let’s talk about the summer! Such an easy way to get excited at this time of year. I have a smile on my face already. Many of us slip into that regular daydream about the holidays, sunshine and getting the BBQ out with friends and family. I’m not going to lie; I spend much of my time at the weekends, through the summer, chilling out in the local pub garden. Not always wetting my lips with something with an above average alcohol content, quite often it is the smooth, mild and refreshing taste of a good cold brew.
Now, we are not talking about the iced coffee that you’re often served on the high street, no, we are talking about coffee brewed cold.
With an iced coffee, your ground bean is brewed normally and then cooled and/or poured over ice. A cold brew however, is when ground coffee beans, is steeped for a longer period of time, in cold filtered water.
The whole point of a cold brew is that the brewing process involves no heat at all.. This allows for the extracted coffee flavour to be much more mild than usual and for subtle flavours, usually clouded by acidic tones, to be brought forward to tickle your pallet.
Now, many will argue, what the best bean is for cold brewing but whatever your preference and whether it is dark, light, single or blend, I really want to let you try and make the choice yourself. I’m using our Colombian Reserve coffee as it has a bold flavour, with a good amount of sweetness and low acidity.
You want to coarsely grind your coffee, this is important, as a finely ground coffee can often be over extracted when steeped and will result in a more bitter taste.
I make my cold brew using a Cafetière. To do this you will want 1 cup of coffee to 4 cups cold filtered water, then quite simply, cover and leave in the fridge over night to steep. You want a good 12+ hours for a great tasting cold brew before straining so that it is ready to pour.
The sun is shining, you're in the garden and you are ready for your refreshment. So, grab a nice glass, add some ice and pour. Simple. It’s a milder flavour, so I recommend you try it black, but adding milk is just as enjoyable.
So, what are you waiting for, get ready for summer and give it a go!!