Cold brew = ground coffee + cold water + a lot of time. Right? Wrong! There’s a lot more to this drink than just that. When done right, cold brew can showcase the bean’s best features in just one sip. Depending on how you make it, it can be light or intense, sweet or acidic.
Here are four ways you can control the profile of an immersion cold brew, just be adjusting the recipe.
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1. Grind Setting
I’m sure you all know what happens when your grind setting is too fine: a more bitter coffee with a sandier mouthfeel. With cold brew and other cold beverages, clean, sweet, and juicy flavors work best – so keep it on the coarser side. This is usually at the same setting as for cupping.
Choosing the right grind setting is vital.
2. Amount of Coffee
The dosage you use depends on how you prefer to drink your cold brew: with milk, straight from the glass, on the rocks, or in long drinks. Dosage controls the mouthfeel, and there’s no wrong way to do it. 60-80g tends to be light and refreshing, but if you’re adding other ingredients you might find that it’s too light. 80-120g, on the other hand, is more intense. It has a smooth mouthfeel that’s like an espresso – amazing for when you want to add some milk.
Think carefully about the dosage of your coffee.
If you like your coffee sweet, try starting your brewing at higher temperatures. A hot bloom will really bring out the sweetness. But if you prefer more acidity, leave your cold brew jug in the fridge for the whole extraction.
Hot or cold? The results are very different.
4. Extraction Time
Considering extraction time is essential, since it affects the aftertaste. It’s especially important to consider this when you’re working with a more developed, darker roast. 8-16 hours will produce a juicy and light aftertaste, with less of a bitter profile. 16-30 hours, on the other hand, will create a deeper, richer, and sweeter cup with every hour that goes by – but it could also result in a dryer aftertaste.
With cold brew, choose your extraction time carefully.
Since it takes about a day to make and taste cold brew, don’t just try one recipe at a time. Do two to three so you can compare them and then decide which you prefer.
Get ready to taste your cold brews.
Just like with hot coffee, every little detail of the brew method dramatically impacts on the final flavour. But with cold brew, there are a whole new set of rules to play by. By considering these four stages, you’ll be able to create cold brew coffee just how you like it.
So what’re you waiting for? Start experimenting with your cold brew recipes today!
Written by S. König, Co-Founder and Coffee Consultant at Good Spirits Beverages, Berlin.
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