In the midst of a heatwave, coffee lovers everywhere find themselves diving headfirst into a cold brew.
As one of the fastest-growing coffee trends, there are tons of recipes out there, and varying opinions on what makes a truly "great" cold brew, but these four simple methods have gone down a treat with the Extract team and are easy to replicate at home.
The key to a truly wonderfully cold brew is in your choice of coffee.
We find that a coffee with bright fruit notes and a boozy sweetness works a treat, so, for this reason, we'd suggest trying honey or natural process coffee. Cold brewing coffee helps preserve the more subtle floral and fruity notes of a bean. Kenyan coffee is particularly good for cold brew renowned for its juicy flavours.
Spend a bit of time looking at the flavour notes of each coffee and go for big stand out flavours to get a truly delicious cold brew.
Originating from Japan, flash brewing is pretty much the exact opposite of cold brewing, but the end result is the same. It's quick, done with hot water, and the final product tends to retain the coffee's aromatics and sweetness. Using the pour-over method, water is poured over coffee grounds and immediately drained into a container of ice, instantly chilling the coffee. To compensate for ice melt, coffee is brewed with less water.
Another great fast and easy method, gaining popularity. The Chilter method provides good use for any leftover filter coffee (is there such thing?!). With this method, play around with grinding a little finer or increasing the amount of coffee you use to pull up that brew strength too.
Cold brew can be enjoyed black or with milk and even a dash of syrup.
Once brewed, taste it and experiment to get a drink you enjoy. One of the most fun things about making cold brew is making the recipe entirely your own - so experimenting is encouraged and we want you to share your results with us on socials, just tag @extractcoffee.
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