Cold Brew Coffee: Serve it hot or cold
What could be better than sitting poolside with a Cold Brew Coffee? As those lazy, hazy days of summer are winding down the time is NOW to get brewing.
Not only is the time right so is the temperature with record-breaking heat predicted for the week ahead.
Cold-brew coffee is a coffee concentrate that can serve as a base for a variety of coffee drinks. Cold Brew can be served hot or cold. The “cold” refers to the brewing process which is done over 18 to 24 hours at room temperature. Keep in mind that if you do use the recipe below to serve hot coffee, you may want to add more water--or serve it with half milk.
Why Cold Brew
- It tastes better.
- It is 67 % less acidic than hot brewed.
- You can drink it over ice or in a variety of delicious recipes.
- You can make a big batch and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and pop it out whenever you want a glass or company stops by.
Have it your way
Typically Cold Brew Coffee is served in a frosty glass over ice. But that’s just for starters. You can add bitters, ice cream, coconut milk, simple syrup, cocoa as well as a variety of alcoholic beverages.
In the winter it is a natural for Irish Coffee.
Making cold brew is easy but it does take time. You can use any course ground coffee. Buy it pre-ground or use your own beans. For a more special touch buy Cold Brew Coffee beans or pre-ground cold brew coffee.
Cloudburst is a product from America‘s Best Beverage Company out of California. It is a smooth, naturally sweet coffee, with notes of summer peach, milk chocolate and toffee, made specially for cold brew.
Their suggested recipe makes a good starting point for making a delicious cold brew. After making your first batch, you can adapt it by adding less or more water to the grounds depending on personal preference and how you intend to serve it.
Make it tonight and enjoy it tomorrow.