You might have noticed recently your favourite trendy cafe has cold brew or cold drip coffee on the menu. Or maybe you’re foodie friends have been raving about it on Instagram. While this cool trend is rapidly growing in popularity in the U.S.A., the Australian coffee scene has started to jump on board.
So what is it? No, it’s not a new iced coffee or type of beer. Cold brew, or cold drip coffee is made by slowly infusing coarse coffee grounds in cold or room temperature water. Like tea, the coffee grounds sit and steep for hours or days, depending on the desired strength and flavour profile. This distillation might take a little more time to make than your traditional pour over method or espresso, but it will leave you with a generous amount of concentrate for future drinks.
While the caffeine content is essentially the same, it’s less acidic than typical hot-brewed coffee, which is better for your stomach and teeth. You won’t have to worry about your cold brew going bad since it has a shelf life in your fridge of up to two weeks. Additionally, it’s simple enough to make at home and the perfect way to get a refreshing fix on a hot day.
If cold brew is just gaining recognition in the coffee drinking community, then where can you find this elusive beverage? Specialty coffee shops are starting to make their own brew from single origin and blended beans. However if your local barista hasn’t yet started experimenting with his/her own recipe, you may also be able to find it at some of the large coffee franchises and even supermarkets.
However if you prefer to have a more hands-on experience with your coffee, then try making it at home. All you need is quality ground coffee beans, a strainer, and some water. Time is also a necessity for making cold brew can be a process, especially during your first time. After grinding, steeping, and straining your specialty beans, you can serve the resulting brew with boiling water or over ice for a flavourful cuppa.
This coffee making method is taking over the caffeinated world, and the trend isn’t about to fade. As barista’s expand their coffee repertoire, why not put down that latte and see if this brew is for you.