Cold Brew Coffee 101: Everything You Need to Know
As the days get warmer and longer, it's the perfect time to switch up your coffee routine and try something new. Enter cold brew coffee - a refreshing and smooth alternative to your regular hot cup of joe. Here at Spirit Bear Coffee Company, we're all about supporting Indigenous communities, wildlife, and the environment. That's why we've put together this guide to cold brew coffee, so you can learn how to make this delicious and sustainable drink at home.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period, usually between 12-24 hours. This slow brewing process results in a less acidic and less bitter coffee that has a smoother taste than traditional hot brewed coffee.
Benefits of Drinking Cold Brew
Aside from its delicious taste, it also has several benefits that make it an excellent addition to your daily routine. For one, it has a lower acidity level than hot brewed coffee, making it easier on the stomach. It's also less bitter, so you can enjoy the natural flavours of the coffee without any overpowering bitterness.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home
Making cold brew at home is easier than you might think. Here's what you'll need:
- Coarsely ground coffee beans
- Cold, filtered water
- A container or pitcher
- A coffee filter or cheesecloth (optional)
- Add coffee grounds to your container or pitcher. A good rule of thumb is to use a 1:4 coffee-to-water ratio.
- Pour in cold, filtered water and stir to combine.
- Cover your container and let it sit in the fridge for 12-24 hours.
- Strain the coffee through a coffee filter or cheesecloth, and enjoy!
Tips for Storing and Serving Cold Brew Coffee
Once you've made your cold brew, it's essential to store it properly. It can last in the fridge for up to two weeks, so be sure to keep it in an airtight container. When it comes to serving, you can enjoy it over ice or mix it with milk or cream for a creamy and refreshing drink. You can also use it as a base for cocktails, adding a unique coffee flavour to your favourite drinks.
Different Ways to Enjoy Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Here are a few ideas:
- Serve over ice with a splash of milk or cream for a classic iced coffee
- Add a sweetener like honey or Wabanaki maple syrup for a touch of sweetness
- Add to a smoothie for an extra caffeine boost
- If you're feeling adventurous, use it as a base for cocktails such as a Cold Brew Martini or Espresso Martini - the possibilities are endless!
Importance of High-Quality Coffee Beans
The key to making a great cup of cold brew coffee is starting with high-quality coffee beans. At Spirit Bear Coffee Company, we're proud to offer organic Fairtrade-certified coffee beans that are sustainably grown and ethically sourced. Our coffee beans are carefully roasted to bring out the rich and bold flavours of the West Coast, making them the perfect choice for cold brew coffee.
Now that you know the basics of cold brew coffee, it's time to give it a try. Not sure where to start? We recommend trying our Cold Brew Coffee Maker, which makes brewing cold coffee at home a breeze. As a company dedicated to supporting Indigenous communities, wildlife, and the environment, we believe that sustainable and delicious coffee can go hand in hand. So, grab a bag of our Fairtrade & Organic Certified coffee beans, try out our Cold Brew Coffee Maker, and enjoy a refreshing and sustainable cup of coffee.