Cold Brew. Chemex. Siphoning. So what’s with all the different coffee brewing methods? We at HNTRISM are wondering the same thing. So, welcome to the First Cup of HNTRISM Coffee Clutch where we will explore the art of coffee brewing. In the First Cup, we will learn about the Cold Brew method while future Cups will explain Chemex and Siphoning along with others. Our goal is to bring you a quick and fun snapshot of each brewing method process.
Here we go.
The Cold Brew method is already prevalent, especially during the hot summer season. Duh. Right?! Also known as Cold Pressing and Cold Water Extraction, cold brewing is the steeping of coarse ground coffee beans in room temperature or lukewarm water for an extended period, usually 12 hours or more. Once steeped you filtered out the grounds with a paper coffee filter or use a French press. Now just because the brewing method is labeled “cold” doesn’t mean it can’t be served hot.
Check out this sleek coffee press designed by Erik Magnussen for Stelton in 1977. The prize-winning French press brewer makes up to 8 cups and comes in four finishes, stainless steel, black, red and white. Feeling a bit nervous, it comes with a measuring spoon and instructions!
The Cold Brew is a perfect alternative for those seeking coffee that has lower acidity and less caffeine than brewing methods where the coffee grounds come into contact with heated water. Why do you ask? Well, we at HNTRISM wanted to know also. Caffeine, oils, and fatty acids, all contained in coffee beans, are more soluble at higher temperatures. So, since cool or cold water is used, per part, Cold Brew may be up to 70 percent less acidic than hot drip coffee or espresso. Now here is the tricky part regarding caffeine. Yes, there is less caffeine extracted during the cold brew process, but usually uses more coffee. The amount of caffeine in a cup of cold brew will most likely will be about the same as a hot brewed coffee.
Here is the beauty of the Cold Brew method… the resulting flavor is smooth and slight sweet because the acidic compounds that make your coffee bitter are left behind with the ground.
To learn more about how to make Cold Brew coffee, check out the Blue Bottle Coffee Cold Brew Guide.
Get this. Seriously, get this. the Hario Cold Brew Bottle is a “bestseller with our Tokyo guests.”
Designed with the Japanese company Hario, this cold brew bottle is simple to use. All you do it add ground coffee and water. Wait for eight hours. Remove from your refrigerator and pour yourself a delicious cup of coffee!
(16 oz bag)
Try the Three Africas coffee from Blue Bottle. The blend contains two coffees from Ethiopia and one coffee from Uganda. The result is impressive with good body and complexity no matter which brew method you prefer.
To keep your Cold Brew coffee cold, check out the Kinto “Kronos” Iced Tea Glass which is perfect for cold brew and other chilled beverages.
The Kinto "Kronos" glass is made of two layers of heat-resistant glass to keep drinks either hot or cold for as long as possible. Also, the inner wall of glass has a slight tilt which is the ideal angle for drinking. This also makes your drink appear like is floating. Pretty cool, huh?!