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What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold brew coffee is one of the hottest techniques in coffee right now. Its popularity has exploded over the past few years, with people all over trying to master it. The technique is incredibly easy and can yield incredible results with minimal effort.
Cold brew coffee is a great alternative to hot coffee because it’s been brewed without any heat.
Coffee grounds are soaked in cool water for several hours at a time to extract the rich coffee taste without bitterness or acidity.
What is the Beloved French Press?
The french press is an incredibly easy coffee maker and it makes a very smooth cup of coffee. It has been around for literally decades, but it still remains the base of many coffee enthusiasts’ collections. The french press is as simple as pour, steep, and push!
How to make French Press Cold Brew?
Cold Brew Coffee/French Press Ratio:
Cold brew coffee is a heavily concentrated brew. That means a little bit of cold brew goes a long way. Your ratio will depend on the taste you want to achieve, but for me, I like about 1:4. In other words, for every 4 cups of water, you will have to use 1 cup of ground coffee.
Cold Brew Coffee French Press Step-by-Step:
Step 1: Grind your beans – Grind your beans to medium-fine. Add your ground beans to the bottom of the French Press.
(Too fine and it’s over-extracted, too coarse and it won’t be smooth enough)
Step 2: Add 1 cup of water – Add 4 cups of water for every 1 cup of coffee. Pour the water into the French Press and stir to saturate all the grounds. The grounds should be completely covered in water. If not, add more until they are.
(The grind you use will affect how fast your water level drops, so it’s good to be patient)
Step 3: Let the grounds steep – Let the coffee sit for 12-14 hours. You might be tempted to check it a few hours in, but resist that urge! Every time you open the lid, fresh oxygen will be added to the grounds and it will make them over-extract.
After 12-14 hours, slowly press down on the plunger to separate your coffee from its grounds. If the coffee looks like a very dark brown-black, you’ve added too much coffee. You can see the grounds at the bottom of the French Press.
Step 4: Stir it up and let it sit – For a few hours before you drink it
Sit your French Press in a sink or on a bowl of ice for at least an hour, and then stir to mix all the coffee with its water.
Why Do People Drink Cold Brew?
The resulting coffee is smooth, low in acidity, and low in bitterness. Since you’re extracting coffee at room temperature and not using any heat or pressure, it will taste significantly less bitter than coffee that was extracted the way a drip machine would do it.
Also, Cold Brew Coffee in French Press is:
- Easy to make
- Economical + Cheaper
- Fuss Free
- Less Acidic
- Better than a store-bought one
What Kind Of Coffee Do You Need For Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate?
You can use any kind of ground coffee but it’s best if you buy whole beans because if you use coarse ground coffee there will be fewer grounds in your final concentrate.
Is Cold Brew Coffee Stronger Than Espresso?
The method and flavor of coffee will determine the type of cold brew
You could make espresso using coarsely ground coffee beans.
The best part of making your own coffee concentrate is that you can personalize the flavor.
How Long Is Cold Brew Concentrate Good For?
The good thing about cold brew is that it’s naturally acidic so it slows down the growth of mold and bacteria. This means that the concentrate itself can last up to 4 weeks in your refrigerator.
You get cold brew coffee made in a French press in most coffee shops but making it at home is much economical and you can customize the drink according to your taste. In addition, you know the ingredients that go in your cold brew.
You require just coarsely ground coffee, water, and a French Press.. Yes, that’s it!
Drink it black, or with milk, or use this cold brew coffee concentrate to make Vietnamese Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew, or Iced Caramel Macchiato.