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Cold Brew Coffee

Versatile, Healthy, Easy

In addition to being simply the best summertime drink, cold brew coffee has the distinct advantage of allowing you to taste more subtle notes in coffee than its hot-brewed counterpart. Some of the delicate tones in coffee can become masked in a hot drink.

The taste of coffee comes down to the chemistry of the brewing process. When you expose coffee grounds to hot water, they release oils. These oils are full of acidic compounds that won’t dissolve at lower temperatures. The bite of those compounds anesthetizes the tongue and prevents you from noticing the coffee’s flavor. The acidity can be nice in hot coffee, but for cold drinks, it’s a decided drawback.

Steep Organic Coffee and Tea in Hopland serves up Thanksgiving Coffee Cold Brew on a daily basis. Below is a shot of one of their customers’ favorite drinks!

Cold Brew

Studies have shown that cold brew coffee is less acidic than coffee brewed hot. The roasted flavor is diminished from a coffee that is cold-brewed. Another upside of not having that acidic taste is that it’s healthier for both your stomach and your teeth.

And since cold brew coffee has never been subjected to heat, the chemistry of it doesn’t change. Hot coffee’s chemistry changes as it cools. Your day-old cold brew won’t taste stale, like a cup of day-old hot-brewed coffee certainly will.

Below is a shot from Caffe Etc in Los Angeles.

Cold Brew

Many people will assert their preference that cold brew coffee simply tastes better. Undertones of chocolate, fruit, and nuts dance on the tastebuds more obviously with cold-brewed coffee. Our own preferences for cold brew here at Thanksgiving Coffee are single origin coffees, but some of our customers have used our Grey Whale Blend, and even our high caffeine Pony Express in their cold brew explorations. To find your preferred taste, experimentation is important – and cold brew is forgiving enough to allow that. You may even find that your tastes are seasonal.

As we experiment with our coffee for cold brew ourselves, we’d love to hear what your favorite cold brew coffees are! Share with us using our contact page, or on social media.

Another good thing about cold brew: It’s versatile. If you like your coffee hot, just add boiling water to the cold brew concentrate. Voila! Fresh hot coffee without the acid bite. If you’ve perfected your cold brew mix, but don’t want to dilute your drink with ice, freeze the mixture and use coffee ice-cubes. This way the mixture won’t get weaker as it melts – perfect for a picnic or a day on the beach. But here’s something to remember, though:. Ice cubes often pick up taste from the other things in your freezer,so be careful you don’t introduce off-flavors.

For our final little tidbit: A lot of recipes may avoid using coffee as an ingredient because of its acidity, but cold brew coffee, with its lowered acid content can be great for baking or marinating. Also, you can consider using cold brew in cocktails. Experiment with everything! You may discover your perfect cold brew libation. And if you do, let us know about it.

How to Cold Brew Coffee

Thanksgiving Coffee Company recommends the optimum ratio for cold brew coffee is 2 grams of coffee for every fluid ounce of water. Cold brew is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee in cold water for up to 24 hours before straining. The longer the coffee steeps, the more intense the flavor will be. The resulting brew will be a concentrate, so be aware that you may want to dilute it or possibly serve it over ice.
Here are some tips for making cold brew coffee:
  • Use Filtered Water: For the cleanest cup of cold brew, use filtered water.
  • Steep Time: Steeping for at least 12 hours will produce a good cold brew, but some say it's best to steep for 18–24 hours. Steeping for too short a time can result in a weak and astringent brew.
  • Strain: After steeping, strain the coffee concentrate through a coffee filter, fine-mesh sieve, or cheesecloth-lined sieve.
  • Dilute and Serve - You can dilute the concentrate with water, ice, milk, or creamer, and serve it over ice. Cold brew has 67% less acidity than hot brewed coffee, so you can also try mixing equal parts coffee concentrate and water in a tall glass.

If you have a French Press, it can work very well for cold brewing and filtering. Add the cold water to the coarely ground coffee and don't push the plunger down until the brewing is complate.

Cold brewing coffee is easy, it’s fun, and it basically becomes a necessity as we head into summer. And we’re here to answer any questions you might have about how it works.

Lawrence Bullock
Thanksgiving Coffee Company