Cold brew coffee, once largely limited to the Deep South is now found throughout the country. The shift started about 10 years ago, when cold brew was adopted by innovative coffee shops around the country.
Cold brew was still a relatively niche market until 2015, when Starbucks introduced the drink in a number of stores. Today, you can find cold brew at a boutique coffee shops where everything is meticulously crafted by hand, and at all mass market coffee retailers.
So what is cold brew? Simply, it’s a method of preparing coffee. You steep coffee grounds in room-temperature water for six to 20 hours to make a concentrate that can be diluted with water and served over ice. Cold brew is more than a slowed-down version of hot coffee; it’s a noticeably different product.
Hot water will bring out the acids in coffee, a characteristic some professional tasters call “brightness” and actually prefer. Cold water gets the full range of mouthfeel and sweetness without waking the acids. The absence of acidity in cold brew is even more evident when you compare it with the iced coffee of a few years ago, when it was almost always made with hot coffee that was chilled in the refrigerator. When hot coffee cools, even more acids develop, many of them unpleasantly harsh.
Today’s ice coffee mavens have begun turning to cold brew in droves and it seems to be a trend that’s here to stay.
To enjoy the mellow flavor of cold brew without the boutique price, try our cold brew coffee maker in your kitchen today. Once you have prepared a batch of delicious cold brew you can try some in our of our delicious drinks below!
½ cup cold brew coffee.
Almond milk to taste—about ¼ cup
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon
Ice cubes—preferably made of cold brew coffee instead of water
Combine all ingredients and divide between 2 tall glasses. Serve immediately
Surprisingly, these flavors work well together!
½ cup cold brew coffee
One orange cut in half, 2 wedges sliced off and the remaining juiced
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon light brown sugar
Combine coffee with orange juice, cinnamon and sugar. Pour into 2 glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish each with a wedge of orange and a cinnamon stick.
¼ cup cold brew coffee
2 cups almond milk or other milk
2 cup frozen banana slices
1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey
1 teaspoon of protein powder
2 teaspoon vanilla powder
Place all ingredients in a food processor or smoothie maker. Process and serve in 2 glasses.
This one’s got a kick with the addition of coffee liquor
2 oz of Kahlua or other coffee flavored liquor
1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
4 tablespoons cream of coconut
pinch of cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup cold brew coffee
Place the Kahlua, coconut milk, cream of coconut, cinnamon, and sugar into a pot and heat over a medium flame for 5-7 minutes. Use a milk frother to blend until frothy. Pour cold brew into 2 glass and add warm mixture. Serve immediately.
2 ounces Amaretto liquor
2 scoops of chocolate ice cream
½ cup cold water
8 ounces whipped cream or topping for parve
Chocolate shavings for garnish
Place everything except the whipped cream into the blender or smoothie machine and whip until smooth. Once everything is well mixed, pour it into 2 tall glasses. Place whipped cream in a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe whipped cream over the top and garnish with chocolate shavings.