Social Distancing has us all working from home a bit more. As lovely as our homes are, sometimes we need a little help focusing on our work. Cold Brew is the perfect way to boost your focus mode. What better way to enjoy it safely at home than to brew it at home as well! Cold Brew is super delicious and super easy to make, so give it try with us!
Let's get started with what you'll need to make your own homemade Alma cold brew.
A container (glass is best)
A filter (metal sieve or cheese cloth work)
Your favorite Alma Coffee (freshly ground very coarse)
Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee
What's the Difference?
Cold Brew and Iced Coffee - there is a difference! Iced Coffee is hot brewed coffee that is then put over ice. Cold Brew is coffee that is brewed in cold water over a long period of time. Here's why that matters! Cold Brew's coarse grind size allows for a gradual extraction over a long period of time in the cool water. This is why pulling your coffee at the right time is important; too soon and you'll have an under-extracted coffee (acidic/weak), leave your coffee too long and you'll have an over-extracted coffee (bitter). Part of the slow extraction process is that it allows us to take out virtually all the acidity from the coffee creating a very smooth and rich flavor profile.
Another perk of Cold Brew and it's process is that it is highly caffeinated! This is because of how we extract, or brew, the coffee and why we use a higher ratio of coffee to water then normal hot brewing. The coffee that you brew will be very strong in flavor and caffeine, we recommend 'cutting' the concentrate with filtered water to taste. We hope you enjoy this very hands off brewing process and the delicious cup it produces; let's get started!
First you'll need to select your coffee! If this is your first time, we recommend going with soulmate. As a true medium roast it will
1. Be tasty and
2. Give you a good reference for if you want a lighter or darker brew.
You want to have it freshly ground because your coffee will loose most of its aromatics within 15 minutes of grinding. Smell is a huge part of taste, especially when it comes to coffee!
To begin, find a container that will be able to fit a gallon of water and a bag of coffee. Next, prepare one gallon of filtered water for your cold brew. Now, grind a bag of Alma Coffee to a very coarse size, this should look like coarse flaky sea salt.
Before we move on to the next step, you'll need to choose how you will filter your cold brew. If you will be using a cheese cloth or another form of cloth filter or sachet, then you will put your ground coffee into the filter and secure it closed before placing it in your brewing container.
If you will be using a metal sieve filter that you will pour your coffee and grounds through after brewing, then you can simply place the coffee in the bottom of your brewing vessel.
Once you've selected your filtering method and placed your coffee into the vessel, next you'll add in the water. Start by adding about a quarter of the amount of water. If your coffee is loose, give it a stir with a spoon - use plastic or wood, metal will alter the coffee's taste. If your coffee is in a sachet, you can simply give it a swirl and let it sit for a few moments. This is part of how we brew at Alma, and is not a step you have to complete, simply our recommendation.
Now you can add in the remainder of the water. After this you simply need to let your cold brew sit for 22 hours. We recommend 22 hours as a good median amount of time and you can always tweak this to your preference later on. Our goal is for you to feel confident brewing and experimenting with your Alma Coffee!
After your cold brew has sat ambient for 22 hours it's time to stop the extraction process and get those grounds out of the water. If you used the sachet method, simply take the sachet out of the water and toss it or use it as fertilizer. *Do not squeeze the grounds for more coffee. This will create bitter flavors. Simply let it drip for a moment before tossing* If you opted to have your grounds directly in your water, you'll need to pour all the coffee through a sieve and into another container that will hold all your coffee. From there you can transfer it into any container you like.
At this point your cold brew concentrate is finished! Congrats you have brewed cold brew at home! You should have about 3/4 of a gallon of cold brewed coffee. Let it cool down in your fridge and then try a sip - it'll be strong! Some people love a strong brew, but if that's not you, add some more filtered water in. Try to stick to a ratio that you can replicate. Start with two parts cold brew to one part water, work your way up from there!
We want to see how the recipe worked for you! Be sure to share your pictures online and tag us! If you have any questions, just send us a message or leave us a comment below and we'll be happy to help! This is a base recipe, so feel free to change up how long it soaks, or even mix and match different roasts!