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Brew Fruitier Cold Brew

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A fitting summer drink that is surprisingly energy efficient, and delightful!

How to Cold Brew a Fruitier Coffee? Have you ever wondered if all cold brews are just chocolatey and creamy? Are you curious about how to make a cold brew that is fruity with bright acidity, perfect for those summer days? Well, you're in luck! One of our customers, Chris, brought up this interesting topic during one of our coffee geek-out sessions. Today, I'll share some practical tips and insights to help you achieve the most flavorful and refreshing specialty cold brew coffee. If you're looking for a quick way to make a cold brew, here's the short version: What you'll need:

  • A food scale

Photo of food scale taken by Luke Porter posted on
A food scale can be as accurate by the decimal gram, but by the gram will get the job done as well

  • 900ml/30oz of cold mineral water

  • 64g/2.1oz of freshly roasted light or medium Arabica coffee (ground), similar to regular sand size

  • 2 clean jars or any sealable glass vessel that can accommodate the water and coffee without overflowing

Now, let's dive into the steps of making this delightful cold brew:

  1. Pour the freshly ground coffee into one of the jars.

  2. Add the cold water to the same jar.

  3. Close the lid tightly and give it a gentle shake to ensure that all the coffee grounds are evenly submerged.

  4. Place the jar on its side in the refrigerator.

  5. Remember to close the fridge door and resist the urge to disturb it for the next 12 hours. I recommend starting the preparation around 7-8pm in the evening, so you'll have a delicious cold brew to wake up to.

  6. After 12 hours, remove the jar from the fridge and use any coffee drip filtering device that utilizes a white paper filter to strain the coffee into another jar.

  7. The filtered cold brew should exhibit a pleasant balance of acidity and sweetness, without any bitterness. If you find it to be bitter, consider trying a different roast or exploring coffee from another brand. The choice of beans plays a crucial role in achieving the desired flavors.

By following these steps, you'll be able to enjoy a refreshing cold brew coffee with fruity notes and bright acidity. Experiment with different coffee beans and ratios to discover your personal favorite. Please note: this is not your concentrated cold brew, because it is ready to drink without any dilution. So go ahead, give it a try, and savor the wonderful flavors of a fruitier cold brew!

For all you more serious coffeemakers out there who want to try your own methods:

  • The ratio: 1:14 of coffee to water ratio

  • Coffee Grind Size: EK43s #9, Ditting #6

  • Coffee Bean Recommendation: What you will want to find here is a bean that has that bright acidity, washed coffee is easy to have that level of acidity. Medium to light roast would be fitting for this occasion as well.

  • Water: I would recommend a lower mineral count water, which will allow more perceived fruitiness/acidity. Anywhere landing between 50-100ppm would work just fine.

  • Water Temperature: cold to start with. Why? Because we are going finer on the cold brew than regular cold brews, extraction speed will increase, and you’ll need to slow it back down with colder water from the beginning.

  • Brewing time: Why not longer than 12 hours? Why not 24 hours? Well, because you would want the brew to be cleaner and not over-extracted. Both the colder water and the shorter extraction time are to ensure this coffee is clean and crisp.

Last but not least, I’d like to thank our friends at BigSur Coffee in Shanghai for this tip. They had this Colombian rum cask coffee blended with some Papua New Guinea-washed coffee using this specific method, and it was simply phenomenal.

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