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I decided to do a small write-up on cold-pressed coffee because I use it from time to time in some of the raw recipes. And I have to admit that I am beginning to enjoy a cup or two throughout the day. :)
Explained simply, cold brewed coffee is a coffee extract (or syrup) brewed using fresh ground coffee and cold water. The syrup can be used to make awesome iced-coffees… or added to hot water for a wonderfully smooth tasting hot drink. There are many ways to use cold-brewed coffee. For a hot cup of coffee just add boiling water. Great for the office at the hot water dispenser.
Like your coffee cold on a hot summer day? Add some cold water and frozen coffee cubes. Have a recipe that calls for coffee flavor? The low acidity of cold brewed coffee make it a perfect candidate for many baking recipes. Cold brewed coffee is extremely easy, inexpensive, and uses no electricity. The downfall… it required extra time up front.
Cold “brewing” your coffee decreases the natural acidity of coffee by 3/4, and it actually has less caffeine than it’s steaming hot counterparts. This gives your digestive track quite a break, and it helps to keep your Ph levels in balance, yet is still smooth and rich in flavor.
Because of its low acidity, cold brewed coffee also offers a solution for the millions of coffee lovers who can’t drink coffee because they suffer from acid indigestion and elements of GERD. Many experts have suggested that low heat and a significant filtration system used during the coffee-making process can lessen cholesterol LDL levels.
It WILL change the taste of your coffee. It will strongly concentrate those most volatile flavor elements. If you are new to this concept, give it a try, if you don’t care for it don’t throw in the towel. Try it again using a different coffee. Different varieties will respond to cold brewing differently.
Without all the acid, the burnt or bitter flavor that can plague hot-brewed coffee is eliminated. Plus, the reduced acid makes it healthier for your stomach and your teeth.
Due to its low acidity, concentrated strength, smooth almost sweet taste, and the fact that it mixes cold, cold-brewed coffee concentrate also represents a superior ingredient in food recipes that call for instant coffee or coffee produced by hot brewing methods. The coffee’s other flavors are also more readily detected. Those undertones of chocolate, fruit, and nuts jump to the forefront.
When drinking hot coffee the temperature changes the taste, but because cold-brewed coffee eliminates most of that temperature change, flavor is locked in. In other words, your day-old cold-brew won’t taste stale like day-old coffee.
The result: A bold, super-smooth coffee concentrate that can be served one cup at a time – steaming hot or ice-cold. Simply by adding hot or cold water or milk, one can choose the strength of coffee they want. And, refrigerated, cold brewed coffee concentrate is fresh for 14 days, so there is no waste – one drinks what one wants at any time.
I don’t know about you but my husband and I really enjoy spending time at coffee shops. The main reason being is because they have small tables and when Bob and I sit across from one another at a small table we have the most in-depth talks. :)
There is a Starbucks just around the corner from us and we frequent it on a regular basis. We don’t do their coffee but we do love their tea. Learning the lingo to order a tea has been quite the challenge. haha
But I will say that after a few years of putting in orders, I can speak their language. “I will have a shaken, venti, passion ice tea, hold the water, old-school, no sweetener and light extra ice please.” Luckily, asking for an iced-coffee isn’t so intensive.
It can be referred to in several different ways, you can ask for:
Yields 5 cups coffee
Ready to use:
Place lid on jar, tighten, and shake. Place in fridge for 24 hours.
Poke a nut bag into a 1/2 gallon jar…
Pour the coffee into the jar, through the nut bag to remove the
most of the coffee grounds.
Try to use unbleached coffee filter if you can.
Bowl, mesh strainer, filter and coffee… we are well on our way.
Add the coffee as close to the top as you can…
This was less than 10 minutes…
After all the liquid goes down, toss filter, add new one and start over.
Pour filtered coffee into a jar and store in the fridge.