The Best Part of Your Day Part 2 by Coach Chad
Hopefully by now you’ve ready the first edition of this post about making the best cup of coffee you’ve ever tasted. I know what you’re thinking though. “Is this the end of the road? Is this all there ever will be?” Never fear! Let me introduce you to my little friend: Cold Brew.
According to Wikipedia, cold brew coffee “refers to the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period.” That doesn’t sound so scary does it? But what exactly ARE the benefits? Once again, here’s what Wikipedia has to say. “Cold brewed coffee naturally seems sweeter due to its lower acidity. Because the coffee beans in cold-press coffee never come into contact with heated water, the process of leaching flavor from the beans produces a different chemical profile from conventional brewing methods. There are also higher levels of caffeine in a cup of cold brewed coffee compared to hot brewed coffee.”
So let’s review:
- Less acid
- Tastes sweeter
- More flavor
- More caffeine
That all sounds great but how do we implement it and reap the amazing benefits? Now you’re starting to ask the right questions. Saddle up cause here’s the dealio.
1. Start with a large container. I’m using OXO Good Grip’s Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Do you have to go out and drop $50 on one of these systems? No way man. You can use a mason jar for all it matters. Clean up is a little easier with this system but it doesn’t really matter flavor-wise.
2. Measure out your FRESH coffee beans. If you remember anything about the first post in this series, you know that I’m a huge advocate for using fresh beans. How do you know they’re fresh? They should have been roasted locally in the last week. So if that package of whole coffee beans doesn’t have a date on it, put it back on the shelf! The magic ratio of beans to water is 1:4. So 10 ounces of coffee beans will need 40 ounces of fresh water in this recipe. So figure out what amount of water your container will hold (leaving space for the grounds!) and use that ratio to determine how many beans you need. Also, weight is a much better measurement here than volume so make sure you use a digital scale.
3. Grind your beans. Remember the whole fresh beans part? Well that doesn’t matter if you buy them already ground up! Know that delicious aroma of freshly ground coffee beans? That’s the flavor that you’re looking to capture just floating away! The need to be ground and used immediately. Otherwise you’re just losing all that flavor! As far as a grinder, I’d suggest using a burr mill one like Cuisinart’s Supreme Grind.
4. Add your fresh grinds to the container. There’s nothing special here. In the words of Shia LaBeouf, “Just do it!”
5. Measure out your clean filtered water. Remember the magic ratio: 1 oz of beans equals 4 fl oz of water.
6. Stir it up. Enjoy that smell of success, my friend. You’re almost there! But this is actually the hardest part. You must now wait 12-24 hours. And by the way, I hate time ranges like this. Who says, “I’ll be there in 12-24 hours?” And the cable guy doesn’t count as a legitimate answer. Smartass.
7. Filter that delicious concentrate. This is where the cold brew system comes in handy. I just flick that lever and I’m instantly filtering. If you took the mason jar approach, you need a large paper coffee filter. Then you pour the mix through that and strain it properly. Be sure not to spill that liquid gold!
8. Now let’s get to drinkin’! THIS STUFF IS A CONCENTRATE. Hopefully you didn’t just sip it straight from the beaker. I love coffee but you might just have a problem if you take that stuff straight to the face. You need to dilute it! Fill a glass halfway with ice. Then add 2 ounces of concentrate and 4-6 ounces of water. You can also use milk instead of water if you want an iced latte. I know you were thinking it anyways you non-paleo weirdo.
All that extra concentrate can go in the fridge. It will last up to 2 weeks in there. Mine never lasts that long because it’s so tasty. Also, your morning routine just got easier. All you have to do is step number 8 and you’re out the door. And if you want to get extra credit points, you’ll check out the Mexi-Cafe (yet another delicious recipe from Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails).