Once you’ve dipped your proverbial toe in the whole cold brew coffee thing, there’s no going back. You suddenly find yourself with a whole world of fantastic caffeinated concoctions to experiment with in the kitchen.
Contrary to popular belief, cold brew coffee isn’t just cold coffee. If you brew coffee the normal way, allow it to cool and pour it over ice, you’re not making cold brew. You’re simply making iced coffee, which is of course pretty marvelous in its own right.
The difference with cold brew coffee lies in the extraction process, which (unsurprisingly) takes place without heat. Cold water is used to extract the flavors from the coffee grounds much more slowly, resulting in something that is completely different.
Brewing cold brew coffee can be an absolute breeze – even easier than making ‘conventional’ coffee. There’s no shortage of brewing options to experiment with, or different types of coffee (and blends) to try out.
But if you’ve already got a French press (aka cafetière or coffee press) lying around at home, you’ve got perhaps the easiest brewing system of all for cold brew. There’s literally nothing else you need to get the job done, other than a decent coffee grinder and a bit of patience.
The French Press Cold Brew Method
Armed with a French press, you’ll simply need the required measures of coffee and water to make your own café-quality cold brew at home.
There’s limitless scope for experimentation, but this tends to be a good starting ratio to aim for:
Of course, different coffee produces very different results – some are smoother or heavier than others. If you’re not particularly pleased with the resulting brew, feel free to play around with the weights and measures.
Otherwise, this is really all you need to do to whip up a batch of seriously decadent cold brew coffee at home:
And there you have it – a delicious batch of cold brew coffee, with next to no effort involved!
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