What’s your favorite drink to enjoy when you’re relaxing by the pool on a hot summer day? Whatever it is, we know what it’s not. Namely, you definitely don’t want a fresh, piping hot cup of machine-brewed coffee.
Iced coffee, on the other hand—now that’s refreshing. And you know what’s even better than that? Cold brew ice coffee.
To find out why, keep reading. In this guide, we explain the differences in taste between cold brew coffee and hot coffee. Alternatively, just read the part where we explain how to make cold brew coffee and try it for yourself.
And if you’re worried about the difficulty level of this task, don’t be. If you have coffee, water, and a kindergarten-level education, you can do it.
But that’s enough introduction. Read on and prepare to get refreshed.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brewing is the easiest possible way to make coffee—stupidly easy, even. First, though, you need to know what strength of coffee you prefer. If you’re not sure, try one or two tablespoons of grounds for every 3/4 cup (6 ounces) of water.
Also, coarse-ground coffee produces the best flavor. But it’s really not that big of a deal.
Anyway, mix (as in, stir) your preferred ratio of water and coffee in a big container, cover it, and put it in the fridge. Now, wait 12 hours.
It’s done! See? It’s just as we said: stupidly easy.
How to Serve Cold Brew Coffee
Be aware that you need to strain out the grounds before you drink. Thus, brewing cold brew in a French press or a cold brew coffee kit makes this a lot easier.
If you have no such device, carefully pour the cold brew through a coffee filter. You can hold the filter in an orange juice strainer to make it easier not to spill.
Next, add ice, milk, sugar, and whatever else you like in your coffee. You can also heat up your cold brew and serve it hot.
Why Does It Matter?
Nextly, you may wonder what the point of all this is. As far as convenience goes, Keurig machines are already one step away from being coffee-serving robot butlers.
But maybe you don’t have a Keurig or any type of coffee machine. Surely, though, you have a container and cold water.
How Does Cold Brew Coffee Taste?
Cold brewing also gives coffee a noticeably different taste than hot brewing. For one thing, cold brew is less acidic.
This might make it gentler on your stomach. It also makes the flavor less bitter/sour.
It’s smooth, bold, and sometimes even sweet. Even people who don’t normally like black coffee probably won’t mind black cold brew.
Enjoy Cold Brew Coffee!
Seriously, why are you still reading about cold brew coffee instead of enjoying it? Oh, right, it takes a few hours before it’s done.
Still, if you haven’t started a batch yet, do it now! Use the instructions above to make the perfect batch of cold brew coffee.
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