Cold brewing involves the steeping of coffee grounds in room-temperature water over a period of time (usually at least 12 hours and up to 72 hours). This is not the same as hot brewing coffee and then cooling it with ice cubes or storing it in the fridge.
Cold brewing brews without heat (or electricity) so the coffee is naturally low in acids, making it smooth and strong but without bitterness. Once a batch is brewed, you are left with a super concentrated, delicious and versatile coffee extract, that can be used to make both Hot & Iced drinks! It's even perfect for cocktails and desserts too. For hot drinks, just add hot water or pop it into the microwave to heat. For iced drinks, add water or milk and ice cubes. Perhaps the greatest thing about cold brewed coffee, is the flavor and versatility. The flavor is rich, bold and smooth (due to the low levels of acids).
Because cold brew coffee is brewed without heat, after brewing you can store the extract fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks. But speaking of the fridge, do not brew in there. The cold temperature of the refrigerator will actually slow extraction resulting in a weak coffee extract. Cold brewing should be done at room temperature for at least 12 hours. But, the longer you brew, the stronger the extract. No more than 72 hours is recommended since after all, it is brewed without refrigeration.
Cold brew when made at home is also extremely economic and can be made for around .49 per serving depending on the cost of the coffee you use.
Click on the Recipe Guide below to download a bunch of yummy cold brew coffee recipes.
With Cold brew coffee extract, you'll also be able to brew like a pro, and make some delicious drinks for you and your friends!
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Why switch to cold brewed coffee? There are many answers to that question. From health, to economics, to flavor, to being able to make gourmet drinks at home -- there are some compelling reasons why cold brewing is the optimal coffee brew method!
Cold brew coffee is often the brew method for health conscious coffee lovers due to the fact it is low in acids and Cafestol (a potent cholesterol-elevating compound) and it's often better tolerated by people who have chronic heartburn, GERD or other gastrointestinal issues that hot brew coffee often exacerbates. Of course anyone who has been told to restrict coffee should consult their physician first before trying cold brew coffee but it may be a better option for some.
So if you've decided to try cold brewing at home there are many considerations. Size of the brewer, how much coffee it produces per brew cycle, ease of use, type of cold brew method (it's true not all cold brewers are created equal - soak vs. steep methods), portability, ease of cleaning (not all are dishwasher safe), aesthetics, etc.
As you search for cold brewers, remember those things that are important to your lifestyle. Price may not be the driving factor if the brewer does not produce enough coffee or it's hard to use or not portable, spill-proof or shatter-proof.
Some cold brewers steep the coffee in a porous filter, the BOD® cold brew coffee system is one of these types of cold brewers, while others use a soaking method in a non-porous container. Steeping methods are often much easier to use and clean and often have stainless steel filters which result in maximum extraction since the water can move through the grounds during brewing and allow the water to fully drain from the grounds (this also reduces the chance of dry grounds - grounds that water never touches which wastes coffee. However, some steeping makers do NOT keep the grounds submerged during the entire brew process which can also result in dry or under extracted grounds- the BOD system DOES keep the ground fully submerged during the entire brew process).
Several cold brewers use a soaking method which can be messy to use (they often require stirring the wet coffee grounds after the water is added over a period of minutes to saturate them) and are often not spill-proof so putting them in a cupboard or pantry while brewing is necessary to avoid any wet coffee ground catastrophies.
Many coffee lovers also enjoy the economics of cold brewing since the extract makes it easy to make gourmet drinks at home but at a fraction of the cost of drinks at a coffee house and without all the sugars, fats, chemicals or colors that are often added to these drinks. Cold brewing lets health-conscious coffee drinkers use their own healthy ingredients but with the same delicious results.
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With coffee being the second most consumed beverage on the planet after water there are a lot of folks out there drinking this delicious nectar but choosing the brew method that's best for you is an important consideration, especially if you are a health-conscious coffee drinker.
Most of us probably established our coffee brew method based on how our parents brewed their coffee but brew methods have changed and evolved over time. Combine that with the fact that there's more information now than ever about health and coffee so it's easy to find out the facts about the world's second favorite beverage.
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Acids in coffee may be responsible for stomach upset and can even lead to heartburn and aggravate acid reflux. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 1 out of every 10 adults experiences heartburn one or more times per week. Such frequency can indicate GERD. According to healthline.com cold brew coffee has a lower amounts of acids, which may make it an acceptable choice for those with GERD or heartburn. However, not all cold brew is created equal. For example cold brewing using a French press shows 31% more Titratable (an approximation of the Total Acidity of a solution) acids than our cold extraction method.
Studies at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, Baylor College of Dentistry as well as the President of the Academy of General Dentistry, say tannic acid in coffee can stain teeth and weaken tooth enamel. Your enamel is what protects your teeth, so if it is weakened or wears away, then your teeth become more vulnerable to decay. Enamel does not grow back. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it’s not smooth and flat like it appears. Instead, it has tiny pits and grooves that get filled with beverage and food particles. If you drink hot coffee, the heat can make your teeth expand and contract which allows the stains to penetrate even farther into the pits and grooves in the enamel. Tannic acid can also wear teeth down, and promote tooth decay, making cavities more likely.
Shortly after we built our first cold brew coffee system in 2009, we uncovered some research studies from Harvard and Baylor Universities that indicated Espresso and French Press had very high levels Cafestol, (a potent cholesterol elevating compound). This prompted us to question how the cold brew method compared to other brew methods. We conducted our first lab tests in 2009, and again in 2017 where we partnered with a lab that specializes in coffee testing and coffee research.
As we think about our monthly budgets; rent, gas, groceries, insurance, it all adds up remarkably quick. But have you ever thought about how much you're spending on coffee? It might be more than you think.
Let's face it, at most coffee shops, the average price of a beverage is around $4. The average person goes out to buy coffee 3-6 times a week. This results in an average of $12-$24 a week. Continuing that math shows a cost of roughly $48-$96 a month... which is then $576 - $1,152 per year. That’s a lot of money.
Now if you buy pre-bottled cold brew, that costs about $3 on a good day. However, if you are looking for portability some of the options out there are not that portable (glass bottles are not something many people may want to tote around with them in their bag) and none give you the choice of coffee beans used or brew time and you definitely know it's not freshly brewed.
While buying pre-bottled cold brew, or stopping in for a drink at a local coffee house might be great options once in a while, nothing beats making coffee at home and cold brewing gives you the gourmet flavor you're looking for but at a fraction of the cost.
Just how much will I save by cold brewing at home?
Cold brewing at home is easy and there are brewers to choose from that make varying amounts of coffee extract. For example The BOD® Cold Brew Coffee System produces 24 oz of super concentrated cold brew extract that allows you to easily make both hot and iced coffee drinks at your preferred strength, using your favorite coffee. One brew cycle makes about 8-12 servings of coffee, and if you brew you grounds a second time (which is easy to do with the BOD® and tastes delicious -- good luck finding another brew system that can do that), that nearly doubles the amount of coffee you get from your grounds. On average, one serving of BodyBrew cold brew is about 49¢. Let’s do some more math!
49¢ x 3-6 times a week = $1.47 - $2.94 per week.
$5.88 - $11.76 per month.
$70.56 - $141.12 per year.
By switching to cold brewed coffee, you'll only be spending about 49¢ a serving!
Not to mention -- You'll be drinking something super delicious & friendlier on the body.
So, if we revisit our previous calculation, by drinking coffee out a few times a week you spend up to $1152.00 a year, making your own cold brew at home costs up to $141.12 a year so by spending a few shekels on a cold brewer and making your own cold brew at home you save up to $1010.88 a year! What would you do with an extra thousand dollars a year? A nice vacation, 10 rounds of golf, your gym membership perhaps?
Start saving money on coffee today by making delicious cold brew at home. Your wallet will thank you!
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Another piece of this economic puzzle, is the notion of waste. Are you aware of how much coffee you waste? More often than not, people will brew a batch of coffee with their standard hot-drip machine. A few cups will be drank, and it sits on the burner all day and gets more and more bitter and burnt, or you made more than you can drink (and you know second-hand drip is undrinkable) so you dump it down the drain. You might as well be pouring your hard-earned dollars in the sink too since that's what just happened.
With cold brewing you drink every drop. Because the coffee is never exposed to heat during the brew process it stays fresh. In fact cold brew coffee can stay fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!
Despite its name, cold brewing is not coffee that's brewed hot and stored in the refrigerator. Cold brewing is actually the brew method, not the way coffee is consumed. Cold brewing involves steeping coffee grounds at room temperature for at least 12 hours (24-48 is the most common brew length for most cold brew fans) and the longer you brew the stronger the coffee extract.
However, some cold brew companies, and some people who cold brew, recommend brewing the coffee in the refrigerator. This is not the correct way to cold brew if you want to maximize extraction!
By brewing in the refrigerator you will significantly slow extraction, resulting in a weaker extract, which is the opposite of what you want.
Brewing with chilled water will also slow extraction so this is NOT recommended either.
The correct way to cold brew to maximize extraction and flavor is to brew at room temperature using room temperature water (cold from the tap or bottled water is fine, just make sure it's NOT chilled). Be aware of how long you are brewing (no more than 72 hours is recommended) and don't brew in direct sunlight.
Now the refrigerator does play an important role in cold brewing, just not during the brew process. Because cold brew coffee is brewed without heat ,the extract should be stored in the refrigerator after brewing. This gives you fresh coffee extract that you can use to make hot or iced coffee drinks in a matter of seconds. The extract can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Why you should NOT cold brew in the fridge:
◘ Slows extraction process.
◘ Produces weak coffee extract.
Why you SHOULD brew at room temperature:
Coffee has been consumed for thousands of years all over the world and throughout time there have been many ways to brew coffee and with each new brew method an optimal grind was also established to optimize the end result. Ground coffee is measured in 'microns', which is a way to measure the particle size of the grounds. If you have ever ground your own coffee, either at the store or at home you have probably seen the various levels spelled out; fine, drip, French press, percolator, etc. Each of those levels will have a micron size attached to it but for simplicity, most grinders usually point to the brew method and not the micron size each level produces.
To truly optimize your coffee experience, knowing a bit more details about the grind other than fine, medium or coarse can really improve the quality of your brew. Taking grinding to the next level involves knowing the optimal micron of the grind you need for the type of brew method you are using, and then finding a grinder that can match that micron is the icing on the coffee cake.
Click the grind chart below to read a bit more about grinding levels for cold brewing coffee.
For example, for cold brewing we suggest an Extra Coarse grind (1,200 microns). This grind level allows for maximum extraction, flavor and yield. Cold brewing using too fine of a grind will result in a low yield, since the finer the grind the more water the grounds will hold and will impede extractions. Holding too much water = Less Coffee = Not good.
All BodyBrew cold brew coffee blends are ground extra coarse to maximize flavor and yield.
No matter how you brew, be sure you get your grind right!
Perhaps the worst thing about kitchen appliances, is that you have to plug them into an electrical outlet which of course means cords everywhere. The great thing about cold brewing is there are never any cords. Cold brewing requires zero energy to brew since water and time do all the work. This also means that you can easily brew any time, any where making it the optimal brewer for camping, road trips or even brewing at your desk . (The BOD ® Cold Brew Coffee System has a 6 oz. Road Flask that is great for taking 1-2 servings of cold brew on the go and also has a 3.4 oz. Flight Flask that you can take through airport security so you won't need to drink disgusting airline coffee).
With no electricity needed you can easily brew coffee while:
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