Iced coffee’s so ’80s. This summer we prefer to refresh ourselves with “cold coffee”, because Cold Brew is the best (low calorie) thirst quencher for hot days
Latte Macchiato, Frappuccino & Co. are getting tough competition: “Cold Coffee” (or in the meantime better known as Cold Brew) is on the advance and conquers the German coffee houses as a summery thirst quencher. It is clear that Starbucks is already following the trend, but also scene cafes in Berlin, Hamburg and other big cities are increasingly offering Cold Brew. But what exactly is Cold Brew? A secondary use of already brewed, leftover filter coffee? No, of course not!
What exactly is cold brew?
As the name suggests, the trend coffee is something “cold” (cold) “brewed” (brew). In contrast to the Hot Brew – the normal, hot brewed coffee – the cold variant is prepared with cold water.
That’s why Cold Brew is healthier than regular coffee
And you can also taste the difference: Cold Brew contains much less acid than normal coffee, because hot water releases oils from the coffee that are not produced when infused with cold water.
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This not only makes Cold Brew taste better to many people, it is also better tolerated by people with an acid-sensitive stomach. Since the bitter substances do not overlay the taste so much, the coffee bean aromas can be tasted much more intensively. By the way: the cold brewing method does not affect the caffeine content.
Make Cold Brew yourself in 3 steps
You want to copy the new summer drink at home? No problem: The production of the cold coffee concentrate is very easy, but unfortunately quite time-consuming. You need this to make cold brew:
Pure with ice cubes or as a cocktail: Cold Brew tastes good in many variations © iPranoffee / Shutterstock.com
- 200g ground (favourite) coffee
- 2 containers (e.g. French Press, mug, coffee pot)
- 1 l water (cold/ room temperature)
- 1 spoonful
- 1 filter bag
- Cling film
1. Place the ground coffee (preferably your personal favourite coffee) in a container and simply add the cold water directly to it, stirring a little. Now cover the container with cling film or similar and let it stand at room temperature for 10 to 12 hours.
2. After the rest period, the coffee is filtered through the coffee filter. The concentrate is collected in the second container that you should have ready.
If you want to make it even easier for yourself, you can, for example, use Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffee Pot available at www.coffeecircle.de
3. Pour cold brew into a glass with plenty of ice cubes and the trendy drink is ready. Of course you can also spice it up with milk, almond milk etc. By the way, the coffee concentrate obtained can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
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Cocktails with Cold Brew
Instead of simply drinking the Cold Brew pure, you can also get creative and use the coffee concentrate as an ingredient for cocktails. A simple variation is this tonic water: Fill a long drink glass with ice cubes and pour on tonic water. Now add 100 millilitres of cold brew. On the Coffee Blog Coffeeness.d e you will find even more tips and tricks and, of course, more delicious recipes on the trend topic of cold brew.
If you do not have the time or desire to make your own concentrate, you can also buy ready-made cold brew, e.g. this one:
K&K Cold Brew coffee essence at www.kk-coldbrew.de
Black Jack Cold Brew Coffee at www.blackjack.coffee
Even more inspiration can be found on Pinterest, for example: