Cool Down & Perk Up: How to Make Cold Coffee

2:00 PM, Aug 16, 2010   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.  --  Justin Holinka from Bull Run Coffee in Minneapolis joined us today to talk about cold brewed coffee.  Justin said there is a difference between iced coffee and cold brewed coffee.  When most people order iced coffee they receive hot-brewed coffee over ice which melts the ice and leaves you with a lukewarm, watered down beverage.  Cold-brewed coffee has never been heated and usually is stronger than hot-brewed coffee.

Here are the two at-home ways to prepare cold-brewed coffee:

1.  For a single-cup of cold brew coffee, use a Chemex, which brews coffee using the infusion method.  This makes it most similar to drip coffee in terms of body and taste. The filters are a little thicker and the result is a slower brew and a richer cup of coffee.

Although not as rich as the French press, the Chemex does produce a sediment free cup of coffee that will impress anyone used to the weaker taste of most auto-drip coffee machines. 

2.  Use a toddy, at-home cold-brewing system.  Those who know not to order iced coffee know to order the cold press which is the proper generic term for the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature water for an extended period.
You can make a cold press at home with the Toddy.

  • To create the cold press at home, use coarse-ground beans and soak them in cold water for at least 12 hours.
  • The grounds must be filtered out of the cold water after they have been steeped using a Toddy Cold Brew System.
  • The result is a coffee concentrate that is often diluted with water or dairy, and can be served over ice, or blended with ice and other ingredients such as chocolate.
    With this method, you can brew more than one cup at a time and keep it in the fridge.

Justin also said that cold-brewed coffee can be used to make a plethora of delightful beverages.  Here are his suggestions:

1.  Brew and add a small amount of Half and Half to add texture and flavor.

2.  Try adding one ounce real maple syrup, two ounces coconut milk or cream, six ounces cold brewed coffee and ice to a martini shaker along with the brewed coffee. Shake well and pour into glass.

3.  Add one or two ounces of cold brewed coffee to an Old Fashioned (rye whiskey, simple syrup, angostura bitters, lemon peel) to add a nice rich coffee flavor.

Bull Run Roasting Company is a Minneapolis-based small-batch coffee roaster that encourages people to develop a palette and appreciation for coffee, and strives to create an intimate experience for every coffee and espresso lover. It is the first-of-its-kind coffee bar in Minneapolis to offer "single-cup coffee" which means not an ounce of coffee is brewed until a customer places an order. The creator of Farmer First-a concept which celebrates the farmers across the world who produce great coffee-Bull Run builds relationships with its buyers at the origin.

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