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We’ve heard time and time again from homebrewers that once they get their process down for the perfect cup of home cold brewed coffee using a cold brew maker, they pretty much steer clear of regular brewed coffee whenever possible. Your taste buds (and stomach) will quickly appreciate the unique and delightful drink. We bet you won’t be able to handle regular drip coffee after experiencing the wonders of cold brew!
We have put together the top 10 reasons why you will LOVE cold brew coffee making. We know by the end you will be convinced.
For those people who are not 100% a morning person, cold brew coffee is a total game changer. You can make cold brew on the weekend using a high quality cold brew maker (think Sunday meal-prep), then pour your iced coffee from the fridge every morning from Monday to Saturday. No boiling water. No fussing with a coffee maker. The coffee needs time to fully infuse into the water. Even if you are a morning person, by having coffee ready to go in the morning, you are able to take a longer shower, read an extra chapter of your book, or sleep in!
The entire steeping process is between 12 and 24 hours. The coffee needs time to fully flavour the water. It will take some experimenting to get the exact strength you want to drink. It would be a good idea to keep note on each batch you make so you can adjust brewing time. If you strain too early, you will end up with a weaker cup of coffee; however, if you over-steep, you could extract some of the bitter flavors that you are trying to avoid by making iced coffee at home.
Some days you don’t just want cold coffee…you want COLD coffee. But there is nothing worse than adding ice cubes made from water into your delicious drink, because then the ice melts and dilutes your coffee– a major faux pas. Instead, make coffee ice cubes to chill your iced coffee ahead of time–it’s easy and simple. Pour your iced coffee into ice cube molds and freeze until solid, about 5 hours. Done!.
First, you will be able to taste the difference! Secondly, according to studies, cold brew coffee is over 67% less acidic than hot brewed coffee. The high acidity level of regular coffee causes many coffee drinkers heartburn as well as damage to teeth and the lining of the stomach. For the really unlucky, they can feel their stomach start grumbling almost immediately after drinking coffee and oftentimes it sends them running to the bathroom. The good news? You can avoid almost all of these common side effects with cold brew coffee.
It may seem strange to mention this…but it is good to know that it is super simple to serve cold brew cold or hot–whatever you are in the mood for. If you have a guest that prefers hot coffee or maybe it’s a chilly day outside, simply boil water and add it to your cold brew concentrate. It can also be heated in the microwave if you’re in a rush for extra convenience.
Because the coffee grounds aren’t exposed to the high temperature process for hot coffee, cold brew coffee tastes more flavorful and less bitter. You will be surprised at the taste difference. Some people find they need less cream or sugar when drinking cold brew, which is a bonus if you’re cutting back on added sugar or watching your calorie intake. You might even start drinking black coffee! Trying almond milk or milk alternatives can improve healthy choices.
You can use your cold brew concentrate to make a cup of coffee (hot or cold) at the strength you prefer, one cup at a time. A batch of concentrate stays good in the fridge for up to two weeks. This works out really well for coffee drinkers who prefer different coffee strengths. The days of brewing two regular coffee pots of different types of coffee are over! Unfortunately, more coffee is made than will be drunk traditionally, so inevitably a lot of brewed coffee goes down the drain. Rarely, if ever, coffee is wasted with cold brew.
Since you only need coffee grounds, a wide mouthed mason jar, and a reusable filter to make your cold coffee, clean-up is quick. Simply dispose of the coffee grounds and wash the mason jar and filter. Our stainless steel, dishwasher safe iced coffee maker filter is specifically made for mason jars and is the best for weekly (or daily!) use.
Living in an area with harsh winters or with spring storms that cause frequent power outages can definitely put a damper on your coffee production. Drip coffee pots need power and so do coffee grinders. Whether a storm lasts one hour or 12, if you want coffee, you want coffee! Power outages won’t be a problem for you if you’re using a cold brew maker, because you could have a mason jar (or two... or three) of cold brew already made, ready to drink in your fridge. Not needing power also makes cold brew coffee a good choice for camping and long road trips.
Sometimes, in the late afternoon, you might have a craving for coffee but you don’t want it to keep you awake all night from the caffeine. With cold brew, you can easily take “just a sip” during these times. Other brewing methods are not ideal for anything less than a mug. Also, making cold brew can be super ideal if you are trying to detox from regular coffee. As you reduce your coffee intake below a mug, having a sip or two of cold brew to ward off any caffeine headaches is a great and easy idea.
After you have dialed in your perfect cold brew recipe, you can also experiment with flavour. There are many recipes out there for adding extra flavours into your tried and true cold brew coffee recipe–everything from cinnamon flavoured to peanut butter cold brew! If you can imagine it, then you will most likely be able to find a recipe for a unique, flavourful cup of cold coffee. Flavour creamers and different types of milks are another great way of adding flavour.
Alright fellow coffee lovers! Now you have every reason to make the switch. Hopefully you feel ready. The great news is that we make it easier than ever to brew at home. Our high-end tools ensure the homebrew process is always easy, efficient and enjoyable. Our cone-shaped strainer filter is the best mason jar cold brew filter to use; it’s easy to store and wash, so you will appreciate the daily convenience.
A bonus: check out our 100% leak proof lids. We’ve designed them with flip cap pouring spout and drink hole. These mason jar lids are for wide mouthed canning jars, and they even fit Kerr and Ball canning jars.
It’s time to go ahead and brush up on your cold brew coffee making skills. Take a look at all the products we offer to make your summer cool, refreshing, and delicious! And let’s not forget…. caffeinated!