Tired of bitter tasting coffee? Looking for a smoother cup of joe? You should try making cold brew coffee. Making cold brew coffee can save you time, money, and is easy to brew and customize. If you want to spice up, or should I say sweeten, your coffee homebrewing experience, you might want to make cold brew coffee. This article covers some of the benefits of making cold brew coffee and how to brew it yourself with the Big Joe Coffee Maker.
What is cold brew coffee?
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping ground coffee beans in water at room temperature for several hours. The result is a rich, flavorful beverage that’s lower in caffeine and acidity than regular brewed coffee.
What are the benefits of making cold brew coffee?
There are plenty of benefits to brewing your own cold brew coffee, including saving money and time. It has a unique flavor profile and even has health benefits.
- Cold brew coffee has a smooth and sometimes sweet flavor unlike other brewing methods. The bitter flavor in coffee comes from the hot water extracting the bitter flavor from the beans. Since cold brew isn’t made with hot water, there isn’t any bitter flavor.
- Making cold brew coffee can save you time in the morning. Make a big brew at night, drink some of it in the morning, and then save it in your refrigerator for later.
- Brewing cold brew coffee can save you money. It’s the most economical way to make coffee.
- There are health benefits of drinking cold brew coffee. Cold brew coffee has been linked to immune health, and it has lower acidity so those who are sensitive to normal coffee may enjoy it.
What do you need to make cold brew coffee?
You’re so close to making cold brew coffee at home. All you need to do is grab these five items (or four items if you’re buying ground coffee) and you’re good to go.
- Coffee grinder
- The OXO Brew Conical Burr grinder is something even a professional barista can trust, but won’t break the bank. With fifteen speed settings, the machine can produce up to twelve ounces at a time.
- Coffee beans
- You can try these flavorful dark roast coffee beans by Kicking Horse if you plan to grind your own beans. If you want coarse ground coffee to skip the grinding process, try this Colombian cold brew blend by Stack Street.
- Carafe, growler, or mason jar
- Our favorite way to store coffee is with a DrinkTanks growler.
- Big Joe pour over coffee maker
- Big Joe coffee filters
How do you make cold brew coffee?
Making cold brew coffee is as simple as five steps. If you follow these instructions, you’ll be on your way to becoming a cold brew coffee aficionado.
- Start with freshly ground beans. To make cold brew coffee at home, you need to use freshly ground beans. This will ensure that the coffee has enough flavor to extract the full benefit of the process. For the perfect ratio, add ¼ cup of coffee for every 1 cup of water.
- Mix the coffee grounds with water. Once you grind the beans, pour them into a container with room temperature water. Stir the mixture and let the mixture sit overnight or for 12 hours.
- Strain out the coffee grounds. In the morning, strain out the grounds using the Big Joe Coffee Maker and Big Joe coffee filters into a carafe or mason jar and discard the grounds.
- You might want to try adding some flavorings to it. Try milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, or even chocolate syrup.
- Enjoy your cold brew coffee and store the rest in your fridge for later!
Why is the Big Joe perfect for cold brew?
The Big Joe Coffee Maker allows you to brew up to 75 ounces of coffee at a time. The best part of this is that it also lets you strain that much coffee at a time. This means that when your coffee is finished brewing overnight, you don’t have to painstakingly strain out your coffee using single serve pour over coffee maker or dripper. With the Big Joe Coffee Maker, you can strain up to 18 cups at a time. That’s exactly how one of our commercial customers, Galaxy Girl Coffee, uses the Big Joe Coffee Maker.
How long is cold brew good for?
Cold brew is perfect for the day after you brew it. It will store and taste the same for up to 3 days but once you start getting closer to a week in the fridge, you will notice a loss of flavor. Since you can make it in such large batches, it’s easy to plan how much you need for the next 3 days, and then make it again after that.
Make cold brew with Big Joe.
It’s just that easy to make deliciously smooth cold brew at home with just a few steps and a handful of items. No matter how you drink your coffee, you’re doing it the right way. It’s all about enjoying your drink and staying caffeinated. Want more tips like these? Read all of our articles on coffee homebrewing.