By all reports, it's safe to say that summer is upon us. Here at The United Blend we've fondly nicknamed this time of year as 'cold brew season'. Why's that you say? Well sometimes a piping hot number is not quite what the season doctor ordered and the coffee quench can only be fixed with a cold brew coffee.
Instead of being extracted quick and hot in a French press, cold brew is brewed slowly in cold water overnight. The added time pays off and the resulting coffee is silky smooth with a subtle full bodied flavour.
Coffee is about pleasure and a cold brew is a thirst quencher that hits the spot in the warmer months. Cold and delicious, we've compiled our top five tips for you at home.
1. French press your way to success
Cold brewing at home doesn't require a jungle gym of fancy equipment. As long as you have coffee, water and a French press you can make velvety goodness. Simply grind your coffee, add cold water and let your French press stand overnight.
2. Make sure your grind is just right
For all coffee, it's important that you start with an even grind, and that means investing in a decent grinder. For cold brew coffee, we recommend starting with a fairly coarse grind, as a fine grind can lead to a bitter, sour tasting number.
3. Change your coffee to water ratio
When it comes to cold brewing, you'll have to rethink your water ratio. For an icy beverage, you need a strong brew, especially if you're going to be adding milk into the equation. We recommend the coffee to water ratio to sit around the 1:4 to 1:8 range.
4. Experiment with your beans.
Follow your tastebuds. A lot of cold brew recipes call for a medium to darker roast. Instead of taking their word for it, we recommend playing around with different roasts so see which one you like best. You can explore the range of blends that we have on offer here!
5. Filter your cold brew
Cold brew should be dark and silky smooth. If using the French press method, try filtering your liquid an additional time by pouring through a coffee filter to ensure your ice coffee has no sediments in it.
Have you got any tips for making the perfect ice coffee? We'd love to hear your thoughts.