[Brewing Guide] How To Make Cold-Brew Coffee March 14 2017

Fancy a cold cup of coffee? Cold-brewed coffee is a good fit for Singapore's hot weather and it's so easy to prepare. This quick guide will explain how to make terrific cold-brewed coffee, perfect if you have some time to prepare in advance.

Where does cold-brewed coffee originate from?

No one quite knows the origins of cold-brewed coffee. There are some conflicting reports, with some saying it was the Dutch, while others, identifying the Japanese as the inventors of the cold-brew.

How does cold-brew coffee taste?

Unlike traditionally brewed coffee, cold-brew coffee has a distinctive sweetness and smoothness about it. Heat dissolves the aromatic compounds of coffee, giving it it's distinctive bitter taste. If you're not a fan of bitter coffee, you should give cold-brew a try.   

Steps to make cold-brewed coffee

  1. Grind your coffee beans using the "coarse" setting of your grinder. You can tell you're doing it right if the grounds look  a little like breadcrumbs.
  2. Sterilize a glass jar and place the ground coffee at the bottom. Fill the jar with with either tap water or cold water. The ratio of coffee to water should roughly be 1 to 8. 
  3. Stir the coffee grounds till it is well mixed with the water. Cover the jar and leave the grounds to steep for approximately 18 hours. You can either place the jar in the fridge or leave it outside. We generally prefer to leave it to steep in the fridge. 
  4. After 18 hours, strain the contents of the jar through a sieve into another jar or a large bowl. This will remove the larger grounds.
  5. To remove the finer grounds, you can cover the top of the cleaned jar with muslin and strain the coffee back into it.
  6. Repeat the straining process 2-3 times. You're done when there's no residue at the bottom of the jar. 
  7. If you just can't seem to sift all the grounds out, not to worry. It just means that the coffee beans were ground too fine. Grind it a little coarser next time and it'll be perfect. 

Serving and Storing Cold-Brew Coffee

We prefer to drink our cold-brew coffee black as this allows us to really taste the subtle flavors. It also goes really well with ice-cubes and sugar added. Personally, we feel that milk doesn't really mix with cold-brew coffee - it ends up tasting a little diluted in our opinion.

One of the best things about cold-brew coffee is that if it's stored properly, it could last for up to a month because of it's low acidity. To store it, just cover the jar tight and keep refrigerated.