Get Creative With Cold Brew




Time to join the cold brew crew! It’s the latest way to enjoy a caffeine fix, a super refreshing drink for summer and it’s really simple to brew up at home.

Nothing like a nice icy cold… you probably thought we were going to say beer, but at least we have your attention. Now, imagine your favourite Mi Casa Coffee flavour as a Cold Brew which you could make at home and enjoy for weeks. Our favourite flavour at the moment is Amarula Cream.

You’ll see cold brew coffee chalked up on the menus of cafes. You can also buy it bottled at the supermarketbut here’s the exciting bit – it’s actually pretty easy to make your own at home. And it’s cheaper too. No fancy equipment or hipster beard required. All you need is some ground coffee beans, a large container with a lid and something to strain the liquid through. Oh, and a bit of patience because cold brew’s make time.

Cold Brew Coffee or sometimes referred to as Cold Press Coffee is not to be confused with iced coffee and blended drinks. We’re not just adding ice to coffee. Cold Brew Coffee requires a different extraction method. You are using cold filtered water, coarsely ground coffee and a much longer steep time to prepare. In this entry, we are going to go over a few methods for brewing that don’t require any new equipment. 

 


Here’s how

 The easiest way to brew Cold Brew at home is to stick with your trusty French Press and follow these steps.This recipe makes a delicious cooling drink for the hot summer months. Explore our range of flavoured coffees, they make a fantastic base flavour, then experiment with a few mint leaves, a cinnamon stick, or some orange peel for a different twist. Or make ice cubes out of your cold brew and pour Amarula Liquer over them for a great after dinner drink.

Grind up your beans! Mi Casa recommends a four to one ratio with your water and coffee. We used four cups of cold filtered water to one cup of coarsely ground Kalhua Fudge. Add the grinds to your French Press. Using cold filtered water make sure coffee is fully saturated. Put the plunger aside for later and place in the fridge for twelve to fourteen hours. Don’t forget to cover your French Press to avoid absorbing any other aromas.

Following morning, plunge the French Press just as you would normally. Once you’re done steeping and plunging the coffee,  as an optional extra you can strain the coffee grounds a second time around. A fine-mesh sieve or French press filter sometimes isn’t sufficient to get the clearest brew. (you’ll end up with murky, sludgy concentrate)

We find thin paper coffee filters to be the easiest route: Use the “basket” paper filters that splay out in a round seashell shape like you see here. Make sure your filter is made of very thin paper, not a thicker material that will take forever to filter through. 

Once brewed, you can enjoy your iced drink black or add milk. This brew can keep for up to 2 weeks in a clean tightly sealed container. If you've cut the concentrate with water, that shortens the shelf life to 2-3 days.

 

Feeling Creative

Another option for Cold Brewing equipment is using a standard mason jar and some sort of filter. You should be able to find all you need at home. The beauty of Cold Brew is you really don’t need anything fancy, just time. Stick with a coarse grind. Using a coarser grind will make the filtration process easier and your coffee taste far less bitter. Grinding too fine can heat up the grounds, which can negatively affect your cup.  Stir the grinds in the water making sure they are fully saturated. Put the lid on your mason jar, stick it in the fridge and forget about it for twelve to fourteen hours. After that you are ready to filter the coffee. Recommended filtration methods include, old shirts, mesh or fine colander, pour over cloth filters, paper coffee filters, nylon stockings, cheese cloth… Possibilities are endless.


Benefits

Less acidic. Cold Brew coffee naturally seems sweeter because of its lower acid level. Using cold water as opposed to hot makes the extraction process much slower and actually more selective. The flavour of the coffee is extracted, but bitter compounds are left behind.

One of the benefits of cold brewing is that the chemical process doesn’t change, since the temperature doesn’t. You could drink your Cold Brew today and then in a few days and it should taste the same. Granted you keep it covered. We don’t want it absorbing any funkiness from the fridge. Cold Brews can last up to two weeks in the fridge.

Imagine just opening the fridge and pouring a glass of iced cold Mi Casa Flavoured Coffee. Cold Brew makes for a very smooth cup which highlights each of our blends various flavour profiles. 

 

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