Cold Brew Coffee: Possibly the Most Sustainable Brewing Method

Cold brew coffee grounds
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Here’s how to make your own cold brew coffee at home – simple and easy. You can try this cold brew coffee recipe all year round, it tastes great in summer or in winter.

It’s healthier than a Frappé and Nescafé and a sugar free alternative to iced coffee: Cold brew coffee has been a popular coffee alternative for over two decades. However, the name in itself can prove misleading: The coffee “brewing” process actually implies adding hot water. This cold brew coffee recipe works with cold water – you can even add ice cubes if you like.

Cold Brew Coffee: Mild and Wholesome

Brewing coffee with cold water extracts aromas and caffeine without heat. This cold brew coffee recipe takes a bit longer than regular coffee but also has its benefits: The coffee alternative contains around 15 percent of the acids found in normal coffee and is therefore milder and lighter on your stomach. The drink also contains fewer bitter tasting elements. Baristas highlight the drink’s “mellow aromas” which are released through brewing without heat in the cold brewing process. And it’s easy to make, too. We’ll show you how to make cold brew coffee in just four easy steps.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home: The Recipe

This cold brew coffee recipe couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is carve out a bit of time: You should let the coffee brew for around twelve hours on average. This is only an estimation and can vary accordingly. Coffee bloggers suggest: Just get after it and try things out. Filtering the coffee longer adds to the taste’s intensity.

For around four cups of cold brew coffee you’ll need:

  • 3,5 oz. of Fair-Trade or organic coffee: fresh and roughly grounded coffee works the best. If you don’t happen to have a (hand) coffee grinder (found on **Amazon), ground coffee works too (found on **Amazon).
  • Filter cone, coffee dripper (found on **Amazon) or French press (found on **Amazon)
  • A pitcher (2 pitchers if you’re not using a French press)
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 12 hours of time (in total approx. 3 minutes of actual work time)
  • Ice cubes. You can also add cream, milk or milk-alternatives such as soy, almond or oat milk to the coffee to enrich the taste.

Here’s how to make cold brew coffee at home:

1. Pour the coarsely ground coffee into one of the pitchers or your French press.

Cold brew coffee homemade grounds
Fill your pitcher with coffee grounds to get started with the cold brew coffee recipe. (Photo: © Utopia)

2. Add the cold water and stir around to break up the coffee grounds.

3. Cover the pitcher and let the coffee-water mixture brew for around twelve hours or overnight.

Cold brew coffee homemade step 3
Add cold water and stir. (Photo: © Utopia)

4. After twelve hours have passed, filter the cold brew coffee concentrate into your second pitcher. Things are a bit easier with the French press: Press down on the filter and fill the coffee into your pitcher.

Cold brew coffee filter
Filter the cold brew concentrate into your second pitcher. (Photo: © Utopia)

You’re bound to lose a small amount of liquid during the brewing process. Feel free to add a bit of water to the coffee concentrate in order to fill the pitcher.

Now you’re ready to enjoy your cold coffee – with ice cubs, milk (or alternatives) or cream. Or try refining the cold brew coffee recipe with a scoop of (homemade) ice cream. You can also store your coffee in the fridge for up to ten days.

Fair Trade Coffee: Shop Responsibly

Whether you are making this cold brew recipe or just preparing a hot cup to get your day started: Take the extra step in making sure your brand is a sustainable one. Fair Trade, Fair Trade Certified and USDA Organic are the most common certifications you’ll find on coffee packaging and guarantee environmental, social and economic sustainability.

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This text was translated from German into English by Evan Binford. You can view the original here.

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