Cold brew coffee

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  1. koukouvagia

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    I'm not a fan of cold coffee either. I have to have hot coffee in the morning. I'm quoting my previous post from above concerning flavor.


     
  2. jay lancaster

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    Cold brew works especially well for serving cold. Iced coffee (adding ice to hot coffee) dilutes it too much.

    Yes...many times I add milk...many others I drink it black...but it is always sweetened.
     
  3. chefwriter

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    Last night I prepared my usual pot of French Press coffee with warm water. Left it overnight. This morning I poured a cup, microwaved about sixty seconds. It was delicious. So now when I need to be at work by 6am I can have "fresh brewed" coffee without the before work panic. I'll take it hot most mornings but now that we're having a warm, humid summer, cold in the morning isn't to be sneezed at. While the coffee tastes great, the time saving is equally important.
     
  4. lovemunkey187

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    I try to avoid Starbucks - it's awful. I only drink filter/Americano, without milk or sugar.

    TBH, I quite like the bitterness.
     
  5. koukouvagia

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    To tell the truth I didn't quite realize coffee was bitter until I had cold brew. Anyway, the real reason I wanted to try the cold brew was because of the acidity and its effect on my GERD. And after a few weeks I can tell you it's had a real positive effect! I can indulge in a second cup of coffee and not worry about reflux. It's a game changer for me because coffee has been a point of contention between me and my doc. Too bad doc!
     
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  6. brulo

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    Couldn't read all the comments but since you requested personal feedback I'll give mine. Also I assume someone explained the science stuff related to this already.

    I made this several times with medium grounded coffee (just as you would use in a spresso machine) and a French press type of machine (the one that simply a jar with a filter you push down.

    I don't remember the exact ration of coffee to water but the process is as you described, room temperature overnight, or leave it on the morning and put it in the fridge that night and filter it the following day. The more time the more concentrated it will be.

    Remember that this process concentrates the flavors (also you will use a lot more coffee than when making a cup), so you can later add hit water or milk to have it warm or hot. Or use as shots for other drinks.

    I should do it again!
     
  7. chefross

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    About 30 years ago I bought this contraption called "Tody Coffee maker. It is a tall plastic container with a microfiber at the bottom and a rubber cork stopper. Fill the container with 1 pound of ground coffee, then add water to fill. Press down on the grounds until they are wet through. Allow this to sit for 24 hours, then drain. The resulting liquid is concentrated so 2 ounces of this stuff to 6 ounces of hot water makes a great cup of coffee with no acids. The concentrate when added to ice makes great cold brewed coffee.
     
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    What's old is new again.
     
  9. flipflopgirl

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    My mom did something similar for iced tea.
    With 7 in the family and all sweet tea drinkers it helped keep up with the demand.
    Good memory :D...
    Thanks Chef.

    mimi
     
  10. salty dog

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    One place I had ice coffee at recently froze coffee into ice cubes to add to the cold coffee. Worked well to keep the the coffee from getting diluted. Really though good ice coffee needs to start out with strong coffee.
     
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    Yesterday I stopped at the local convenience store to get a cold drink. It's a local chain and they sell ice cream and cold brew coffee. So I got a large cold brew and a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it. The clerk put it on the shake machine to blend it.
    Made a great coffee milkshake.
    Since this thread started, I've been making my morning coffee the night before, cold brew. Sometimes I microwave but this morning I didn't bother. Cold in an insulated mug when I left the house. Left in the parked car all day. When I left work, the cup was quite hot. Tasted great both times.
     
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    Ok given our current Southern California 112 degree weather, I finally got around to cold brewing a batch of coffee in the French press.
    Well room temperature really, coffee grounds in, good quality water in, steep for a minute or two then plunged. Tasted fine, iced it down, wife didn't even know the difference. Boca Java, blended with restaurant grade coffee.
    True I might get a better richer flavor if I put it in the fridge overnight first--I'll try that soon.
    But this was fine, especially for instantaneous results.
     
  13. koukouvagia

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    You must definitely not live in NYC lol because you would've seen all the hipsters walking around with their milked venti iced coffees.

    @meezenplaz no no it's supposed to sit over night! Did it even taste like coffee? I guess I like my coffee strong. Must not be see through.
     
  14. meezenplaz

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    Yes it did taste like coffee, it was perfect. And I was surprised too, that it would steep at room temp,
    in just 2 or 3 minutes. But....as I said my spousal drinker, who I consider a true coffee connaseur,
    upon being queried, hows the Iced coffee, replied.. "just fine." Now bear in mind Im using
    fairly finely ground, gourmet coffee.
    I take milk, creamer, adjuncts, etc in my hot coffee. But cold, I always drink it straight black.
    Unless its a prepared Iced Cappuccino, etc. Its just more refreshing black.
    Spousal unit is black all the way, hot, cold, day, night, sleet or snow.

    O'er her in the Los Angeles area, Starbucks and Coffee Klatch are very popular;
    Iced Cappys, Frappys and Latte's, whip cream, nutmeg, the whole schebang.
    Down town, if you have a Starbucks cup in your hand and a color-matched Ipad in
    the other, you are instantly regarded as Uber-Cool!