We are in the middle of summer here in the southland, and the last thing you may want to think about is a hot cup of coffee. BUT... you... need... caffeine...
Cold brewed coffee is an amazing option to caffeineate and cool off at the same time. Cold brew is silky smooth, usually with notes of caramel and chocolate. The apparent low acidity is attractive to many as well.
While you may be able to find a great cold brew on Nitro with a creamy head like a good stout beer at many shops around town, you can also make cold brew at home.
It's easy to make cold brew using a few available tools in your kitchen.
Making your cold brew
1. Start with 1 lb. of our Seasonal Chilly Brew beans and grind them as coarse as your grinder will allow. A coarse grind allows for a longer steeping time without bitterness, and a crystal clear appearance.
2. Place your 1 lb. of ground coffee into a nutmilk bag, hobo bag made of muslin, cheesecloth, hops bag, or other porous material that is commonly used in cooking. Use a clean cotton string to tie the bag shut.
3. find a pitcher or container that will hold about 1.5 gallons of liquid. ( a sun tea jar is a great option)
4. Slowly pour 1 gallon of Mountain Spring water into the container with the grounds. Massage the grounds to ensure that they are saturated with water.
5. place a lid or plastic wrap over the opening of your container to seal it, and place it in the refrigerator.
6. Steep your cold brew for 14-24 hours depending on strength preferred.
7. slowly remove bag of grounds from the container and let it drain for about 30 minutes.
8. You now have cold brew concentrate that can be enjoyed a number of ways. We love to drink it cut 2:1 with milk or alternative plant based "milks". Add chocolate syrup and milk for a quick Mocha. Add simple syrup and water for a sweet iced coffee.
Your cold brew should keep for about a week under refrigeration. It is a great option when you want to grab and go during the busy week, and you don't have time to make coffee in the morning.