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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:46 am 
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I like the note in the New York Times article -
NOTE: To make hot coffee, dilute concentrate one-to-one with water and heat in the microwave.


Right?

I need to try the cold brew. I spend $2-3 every day on iced coffee. Although it's cool today, so I'm looking forward to some hot coffee! I will not be putting cold brewed coffee in the microwave though.

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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:20 am 
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Okay, I'm trying this tonight, with the grounds wrapped in a filter (or just strained in the morning, don't want it to dissolve). Is it better to let it sit our overnight?

LazySmurf, you brew it in the fridge and it comes out the same?

Yes, I do, except for last night someone for got to stick it in the fridge and now I am soooo tired. The lesson is always have a back up!

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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:50 pm 
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Oh my god. I tried it. I only want to drink cold brew coffee for the rest of my life....


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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:09 pm 
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You all have got to get on the bulk wagon, for real. Two pounds of medium or fine ground coffee and 16 cups of water, left at room temperature (covered obviously) for at least 24-36+ hours. I agitate a few hours in the ensure all the grinds are submerged. For NOLA style, 4 oz of chicory added to the grounds.

The flavor is more sweet and subtle, far less bitter and acidic than coffee brewed with 210 degrees, it's true, it's smooth and lovely. That's because (in a super-abbreviated way of explaining it) cold water will not release aromatics that hot water will. You'll get heavy cocoa, caramel and malt notes, but few fruit ones. HOWEVER, this fact means that you can use cheaper coffee and stale beans with great results when cold brewing. Unfortunately for those of us who love the energy kick, cold brewing reduces caffeine content by up to 33%. So, I still appreciate the complexity and body of a hot brewed cup.

To all you iced coffee lovers, if you like cold brew but are short on time, try the Japanese pour-over method.


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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:39 am 
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My old roommate broke my french press. I am so sad. I need another ASAP. My summer has been sadly cold brew free.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:39 pm 
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I switched to cold brew about 18 mos. ago and will never go back to hot coffee!!! My absolute first choice is to always use Cafe Du Monde. Like some folks here, I also do a big batch brew. Some things I learned along the way...

Can brew in the fridge or on the counter top, doesn't matter. I like to shoot for overnight, but have been desperate and poured enough for a glass from a pitcher that had only been brewing a few hours and it worked in a pinch, but was weaker than I normally like.

From a coffee site on the internet (can't remember which one), cold brewed coffee will stay good in the fridge for about 2 weeks. I've never kept any that long, but I am usually drinking off my big batch brew for about 2-3 days and will add my next batch to it if there's any left in the jug.

I bought one of those permanent cone filters (looks golden with black plastic) and found the perfect drink container to strain into at Target for $9.99. It's clear plastic shaped like an hour glass with a back snap on lid with a pull open tab to pour. The permanent filter fits perfectly for straining.

Regarding proportions, it's a personal choice. Play around and see what you like best.

Another tip, make some coffee ice cubes from your cold brew and your drink won't get watered down. I drink coffee all day, so that was a huge lightbulb going off moment for me! LOL


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:29 pm 
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I'm drinking cold brewed coffee with almond milk and a little Torani vanilla syrup. This is so much better than brewing hot coffee, then chilling or pouring it over ice. I made a double batch (3 cups water, 2/3 cup ground coffee) and used a paper filter in a mesh strainer to filter out the grounds.

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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:19 pm 
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Do you guys brew a concentrate and dilute with water? or just cold brew and drink as usual allowing ice etc to dilute it?

I'm thinking of brewing up a french press full then mixing it with almond milk in a pitcher in the fridge.

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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:51 pm 
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I made cold brew and put some almond milk in it and it all sank to the bottom! It has happened to me with hot coffee too but I thought it might have something to do with the temperature. Maybe it's the brand?

i took a picture of it http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/90/img0348w.jpg/


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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 9:30 pm 
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Bumping this thread as I finally got around to making my own. It's steeping in the fridge as we speak. I tried the NYT recipe & can't wait to see how it turns out.


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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 12:41 pm 
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if i cold brewed coffee in a mason jar, then strained it using my french press would that be okay? i cannot fit my french press in the fridge with the plunger up.

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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 1:56 pm 
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I think it would just fine. You're just transferring it from one vessel to another to strain it.


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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 2:04 pm 
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You can definitely brew it in a mason jar (I've done that when I needed my french press to make hot coffee in the mean time) but I also never actually brew it in the fridge, I just leave it on the counter, strain it and then put it in the fridge and I'm not dead yet.

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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
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I accidentally bought a bag of decaf beans and used it up via the Oh She Glows' Cold Brew w. almond milk recipe...really fantastic for late night coffee cravings: http://ohsheglows.com/2013/06/24/diy-coffee-concentrate-speedy-almond-milk-iced-coffee/


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okay - so leaving on the counter is okay? i was reading it needed to be in the fridge...

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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 4:27 pm 
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When I made cold brew weekly last year (or the year before, can't remember), I just left the plunger part of the press off when it went in the fridge for brewing. I just covered the top with cling film, then plunged in the morning (after removing the cling film, obvs).

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missmuffcake wrote:
okay - so leaving on the counter is okay? i was reading it needed to be in the fridge...


Most instructions on the internet say to leave at room temperature. I've never brewed it in the fridge before.

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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 4:43 pm 
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so i did like 1 part coffee to 3 parts water. left it in my french press for 15 hours, strained/pressed it down, poured it in a mason jar and let it chill in the fridge. i mixed a bit with cold water, cold almond milk and a pinch of cinnamon and omfg! so good. better than any ice coffee i have ever had!

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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:23 pm 
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That sounds awesome, MM! I did the NYT recipe, let it sit overnight in the fridge in a french press. Added some almond milk and agave to it after pressing and it was just meh. I think I might try OSG's recipe.


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so yesterday at a coffee shop i had cold brew infused with nitrous oxide - it was not tasty. it was like beer + coffee + stale soda...my boyfriend spit it out.

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Yeurgh! That sounds revolting! Fizz and cold coffee do not mix.

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I tried OSG's cold brew method & like it much better. I drink 1/2 coffee + 1/2 almond milk + a little vanilla syrup & it's really good.


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how would one cold brew tea bags? i have large mason jars and tea in bags....i am not a sun tea person. i was thinking a few bags and the jar of water.

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 Post subject: Re: cold-brewed coffee
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:05 pm 
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missmuffcake wrote:
how would one cold brew tea bags? i have large mason jars and tea in bags....i am not a sun tea person. i was thinking a few bags and the jar of water.


I think so....although when you look online, most directions are for loose tea, not tea in bags.

http://www.arborteas.com/teablog/tea-pr ... -to-do-it/
http://www.theteafaq.com/tea-recipies/c ... -iced-tea/

I did buy a special 'cold brew' iced tea, in bags, from celestial seasonings once. It was terrible.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:44 pm 
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You guys made me a cold coffee convert. It's soooo good! With flavored coffees I can taste the flavor much better. Cold-brewed hazelnut coffee is my new favorite thing.


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