A Cold Brew

My first experiment with cold brewing coffee is complete.  And by complete I mean I drank the whole thing immediately. My research led me to believe this giant Mason jar was going to last several days. Don’t believe everything you read online.

I used Eight O’Clock Coffee. I buy two kinds of coffee – locally roasted, fair-trade, certified-organic, shade-grown co-op beans, and whatever crap is on sale at Food Lion. When I decided to try cold brewing I had Eight O’Clock on hand.

The method is simple – put 1 cup of ground coffee and 2 cups of water in a jar, wait, filter, cut with water, drink.

I used a coarse grind because I read online that would give the best results. I also read you should use the absolute finest grind possible. And that the grind really doesn’t matter much.

This is COLD brewing – so I did it COLD. A lot of blogs say to set it on the counter over-night, and then to refrigerate the finished product. I did the whole thing in the fridge.

I also read that agitation isn’t a big factor – this is a set-it-and-forget-it type thing. I couldn’t forget it. I checked on it about 30 times. Every time I opened the refrigerator I turned the bottle upside-down or swirled it around. I really wanted to be a part of the process.

After about 30 hours I ran it through the French press, which got maybe 95% of the grinds out. Then I ran it through one of those gold coffee filter baskets, then through paper coffee filters twice.

The first thing I did was smell it. There’s clearly something different here. Fresh brewed coffee smells good. Freshly ground coffee beans smell AMAZING. This smells like the burr grinder. I’m excited.

Now for the real test. This is Eight O’Clock Coffee? There’s no bite. No bitter edge. And I swear I taste chocolate. This. Changes. Everything.

Jar #2 is in the refrigerator now. I changed one thing – instead of water I used crushed ice.

3 thoughts on “A Cold Brew”

  1. I’m planning a follow up post where I’ll go into detail on all the things I’ve tried changing. After the initial brew I tried ice, then I played around with the grind, the roast, the timing… I’ll go into more detail later, but in short nothing really matters with the exception of maybe brewing time.

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