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Drink Up: How To Make Delicious Cold-Brewed Coffee At Home Without Any Fancy Equipment

Date November 19, 2018 16:34

There's nothing better than a cold beverage in hot weather, but what do you do if you prefer coffee over other drinks and don't like to ice it down? In this case, cold brew is the ultimate answer. You might think, 'Well, what's the difference between regular iced coffee and a cold brew?' The truth is, it's not only the preparation technique. If you're intrigued, let us open a new world of elevated coffee taste for you.

Benefits of cold-brewed coffee

Cold-brewing is a more superior coffee making technique. It elevates the taste of your coffee beans, owing to minimizing the acid levels, which prevent your from enjoying your beverage in its full glory.

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According to research by Toddy, cold brew has 67% less acid than hot-brewed coffee. Now, what does that mean exactly? Well, acid triggers that bitter taste we all get when drinking caffeinated beverages. It often prevents us from catching the fruity notes in coffee beans, so instead we're getting that burnt taste.

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So, if you want to enjoy the full taste of your preferred coffee, try making a cold brew. You don't need any fancy equipment, only extra time. Let's find out how to elevate your coffee drinking experience.

How to make a cold brew

Now, cold-brewing might seem fancy to you at first, but the simple thing about it is that you need to let it sit for 12 hours. The difference between hot and cold preparation is that heat expedites the brewing, and that's it. So all you really need for a good cold brew is coffee, water, coffee filter, and a strainer.

1. Get coarsely-grinded coffee

Basically, you'll need a texture, which you usually use for a french press. So the coffee shouldn't be too powdery, but you also can't use full coffee beans.

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2. Mix coffee with water

For a pound of coffee, you'll need 9 cups of room temperature water. Carefully combine them in a glass container and stir together, so that all coffee is submerged.

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3. Room temperature is key

Despite what its name indicates, cold brew actully needs to sit in room temperature for 12 hours. This time is needed for coffee to infuse the water completely and give it its pure taste.

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4. Strain coffee very carefully

Once your coffee has been sitting for 12 hours, grab a strainer and pour your mixture into a bowl. Don't press on the grounds, just give the cold brew some time to drip down.

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Next, grab a coffee filter and soak it in water before putting it over the strainer. Pour your cold brew into it once again to get rid of smaller particles and sediment. This step will take 5-10 minutes.

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5. Dilute the cold brew

What's great about cold brew is that you need to dilute it, so you'll double the volume of your final product. Just mix equal parts water and your cold-brewed coffee. You can also use milk instead of water, whatever you like best.

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That's pretty much all you need to do to get an amazing cold-brewed coffee. Also, take note of these extra tips for a better result:

1. Use filtered water

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