Let’s face it, people like their coffee hot. To some, the idea of iced coffee is like cold scrambled eggs and limp toast. Why? And… No.
Frankly, we agree. But when it’s 90• at 9am and you’re dragging yourself out of a drippy sleep because you’re trying to save the environment by not using the air conditioner and everything in the house seems fat and wet like that large man with the tiny towel you sat next to in the sauna that one time….You want something cold. You want your coffee…cold.
Enter Cold Brew. Cold brew is MUCH MORE than a watered down version of hot coffee. Think demi-glace. Think ganache. Cold brew coffee is rich and creamy. It’s a smooth chocolate-y extract made to be served over LOTS of ice. Miraculously, it’s easy on the stomach, high on buzz and perfect for livening up tepid picnics and listless croquet games.
What is cold brew?
Cold brew is created by soaking coarsely ground beans in filtered cold water for 12-24 hours. No heat ever touches these beans! It’s truly…cold.
It requires a little patience to make and yes, we can do it for you- (cold brew is available at all RoosRoast locations)- but just in case your bike has a flat tire or, god forbid, you’re stranded in Iowa: here are some tips for making this stuff at home. You’ll need nothing more than a mason jar, a sieve and some (clean) panty hose.
And some RoosRoast, of course.
5 steps for making cold brew at home
1. Measure. Start with a ratio of 3 to 1 water to coffee. 1 cup of ground coffee (we recommend a medium high roast like Lobster Butter Love) to 3 cups of cold filtered water. The ratio is important- you want to be making a strong extract that can withstand a nice ice infusion and not end up a watery, tasteless mess.
2. Grind: We recommend a course grind, a la French Press. If you grind too fine, your brew will be over extracted and bitter. Plus it may give your brew a silty feel unless you have the right filter. But try some different grinds out to get it just right for your taste buds and patience levels.
3. Soak. Add cold filtered water to your ground beans and stir. Next, you’ll be letting this mixture soak at room temperature for 12-18 hours. Stir occasionally.
Do not let your child lick the spoon.
4. Filter. Grab a fine mesh sieve and any kind of filter such as a paper filter, cheesecloth, panty hose and filter out your grounds. (Or, you could just use the sieve on its own and let the fine grounds settle before drinking.) Depending on your grind, this could take some time.
5. Drink Up: Add ice and be careful driving! (Cold brew can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks for grab and go pleasure.)