It’s not what you think! While there are certainly worse things that you could have than a cold beer after a strenuous workout, this post actually discusses the benefits of cold brew coffee. I have a history of stomach issues, especially related to highly acidic foods, so on the advice of my brother who swears by cold brew coffee, I decided to give it a try.
What is cold brew coffee?
Cold brew coffee is not the same as iced coffee, but rather it is a method of brewing the coffee that uses cold water to steep the coffee grounds, rather than hot water (such as what is used in a traditional coffee maker). Typically, the coffee grounds sit in the cold or room temperature water for at least 12 hours to brew and then get filtered to produce a cold coffee concentrate. The resulting concentrate can be stored in the fridge and mixed with hot or cold water and ice when drinking.
So what, why would I go through the trouble to cold brew?
The major benefits of cold brewing coffee are its’ reduced acidity and exceptionally smooth taste. While I love regular hot brewed coffee (and Elyse still loves having a hot brewed cup), it can be quite acidic and sometimes bitter. Even the typical iced coffee from a coffee shop can still be highly acidic since often times it is brewed using a hot brewing technique. The cold brew coffee is much gentler on the stomach, and is very smooth due to the lower acid content and less bitter taste. It is also easy to adjust to your strength likening since you can add water to the coffee mixture a little at a time until it is just right.
So give cold brewing a shot with our recipe below and let us know what you think – it may even help you transition over to drinking black coffee!
Please note, the recipe below is if you do not have a cold brew coffee maker. If you really love it, then you can invest in one of many cold brew coffee makers that are out there, or even give nitro cold brew at your local coffee shop a try.
Cold Brew Coffee
-1 3⁄4 cup of your favorite ground coffee
-4 cups cold water
In a half gallon sized container (or just large pitcher), combine the ground coffee and cold water. Stir vigorously and seal the container tightly with a lid or plastic wrap. Allow the mixture to sit anywhere from 12-24 hours at room temperature.
After it has had time to sit, place a coffee filter inside of a sieve and pour the coffee through the filter into a bowl underneath. You will need to do this a little at a time so that it doesn’t get clogged in the coffee filter and sieve. Once you have filtered all of the coffee, rinse out the half-gallon size container that you let your coffee sit in, and pour the coffee back into that same container. Seal and refrigerate the coffee for up to 8 hours before serving.
Coffee will be very strong, so when you are ready to serve, mix in a little water and ice for iced coffee or hot water for a warm coffee (we recommend 1 part coffee to 3 parts water to start, then adjust to your desired strength). You can also replace some of the water with almond milk for a creamier coffee. Coffee will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.