Turn your French press into a cold brew coffee maker and enjoy the sweet smooth taste of cold brew coffee. Not to be confused with ice coffee, cold brew is an art where the coffee grounds brew for 12 to 24 hours in cool water. As a result, you get 67% less acidic coffee than your regular hot brewed coffee, and cold brew can still be served up hot. If you like cold brew (You know you do) and you happen to have a French press machine (You're a coffee-lover, of course, you do.), you can quickly make a French pressed cold brew at home. Here is how.
You'll need the following items:
About 1 - 1 1/2 cups of ground coffee (Coarsely grounded)
3 – 3 1/2 cups cold water
Your French Press
Let's Get Brewing
Place in the bottom of the French press 4 ounces of coarsely ground coffee.
Next, carefully add 3 cups of cold or room temperature water over the coffee grounds.
Stir gently to wet all of the coffee grounds.
Allow to sit at room temperature or let it sit in the refrigerator for 14-16 hours.
Lastly, press and pour into a covered jar or pitcher.
You have now created what is called a cold brew concentrate. Don't drink this yet! This is potent stuff. When serving, combine 1 part coffee with 1 part water, add ice, cream, sugar, or have it as it is. It is smooth and delicious!
Benefits of Cold Brew
Not only does cold brew taste good, but it also has some golden perks to it too.
It Has a Better Taste
Cold-brew has been noted for its superior taste compared to regular iced coffee. Since cold brew is made by soaking coffee grounds in cold water for at least 12 or more hours, the coffee's increased flavor is without the bitterness you get from brewing coffee. Hot water is actually a catalyst that releases the bean's bitterness when brewing coffee in hot water. The cold water caps the bitterness of the bean and instead brings out the bean's sweet flavor, creating a smoother, sweeter taste, which is what is loved about cold brew coffee.
Easy On the Stomach
Due to its lower acidity, cold brew is an excellent way for those who may have had to stray away from coffee due to stomach upset. Now, thanks to cold-brew, they can enjoy the sweet nectar of the world.
Has More Caffeine
Want to wake up in the morning? Drink cold brew instead of hot brew. A regular cup of hot brewed coffee contains roughly 95 mg of caffeine, but a typical cold brew contains around 100 mg.
Cold brew coffee is not really a new hip thing. Starbucks started selling it, and it has now become this hip new thing. Are you getting tired of your same bitter cup of coffee? Why not try the smooth texture of a cold brew to start your day?