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Easy Cold Brew Coffee to Enjoy at Home

Man, I can't believe we're already entering the 4th week of ECQ! Anyway, let's keep ourselves entertained or busy, shall we? With that, let me share with you my latest coffee hack: DIY cold brew using a French press. 

Pre-ECQ I was still well-stocked with my own stash of specialty coffee beans. Come third week, my jar of beans was almost empty (a problem for a coffeeholic like me!). Then, an aha moment came and I realized that my dad still had ground coffee from our Baguio trip last January. He only uses it when he wants to brew coffee; otherwise, he's happy with instant coffee. Haha!

Because I want my coffee cold or iced, I thought of trying to make my own cold brew. If I'm not mistaken, my dad bought a Benguet blend in a dark roast, so it's perfect for it. Dark roast beans make a bold flavored cold brew, and we want to go for that! There are other ways to make cold brew, but the easiest (and most accessible) for me was to make it using a French press, which I'm pretty sure most of us have at home.

What I like about cold brew is the smooth, nutty, chocolatey taste you get because of the flavor notes extracted from the beans. Also, it's perfect for those who are acidic because it has less acidity than regular brewed coffee.

What You'll Need

Ground coffee or coffee beans (dark roast)
French press
Measuring cup
Filtered water
Wooden spoon or any spoon
Mason jar (for the concentrate)
Ice cubes
Glass
Milk

Making the Cold Brew Concentrate


Get your ground coffee and put 1 cup in your French press. If you have coffee beans, grind them into a coarse grind. A coarse grind is ideal because you wouldn't want a cloudy or muddy concentrate. 

Next, add 2 cups of water and stir with a spoon until the grounds are thoroughly soaked. I'm using a 1:2 ratio: 1 cup of grounds to 2 cups of water. This is simply because my French press can only hold 2 cups. Haha! You may adjust depending on the size of your French press.

After stirring, air it out for about 2 minutes then cover. Remember to keep the plunger up. Leave it at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Patience is a virtue, and it will be worth the coffee. Promise!

The next day, slowly press the plunger down to separate the coffee grounds. If you have the right grind size, you can skip straining and simply pour the concentrate into your mason jar. What I do though—to be sure—is to strain them using a funnel and good 'ol paper towel while transferring to my jar. 

Tadah! You now have your cold brew concentrate! Chill it in the fridge for about 2 hours before making your iced coffee. If you want to use it right away, that's okay too. Store your concentrate in the fridge and it will last for up to 2 weeks. Now you can have iced coffee anytime!

Making Iced Coffee

Prepare an empty glass with ice cubes, then pour in 1/2 cup of the concentrate. I'm using the last bit from my previously made one that's why I didn't need a measuring cup. Remember, this is pretty strong stuff so you have to dilute it with either water or milk, depending on the drink that you're going for.

I don't like too milky coffee so what I do is dilute it with 1/4 cup water first, then add 1/2 cup milk (I switch between Oatly and almond milk, depending on what's available in the grocery). If you want more milk, you can go for 1 cup for your coffee. If you're going for an iced black, simply add 1 cup of water.

One quality of cold brew is its natural sweetness brought about by the long steeping time, so you can actually skip the sugar or sweetener. However, if you still want it a tad bit sweet, no worries! You can add a teaspoon of maple syrup, or just melt sugar with hot water and mix it in your drink. 

There you have it! You can now satisfy your iced coffee cravings within the comfort of your own home. No need to rely on food deliveries! ;)

Hope you'll enjoy making your own cold brew. Stay safe and hang in there, Seekers!

Cheers to good coffee,
Nasia

On Coffee Rituals and the Pour Over Method

Gone are the days when one opens up a packet of three-in-one and haphazardly pours out the contents in the styrofoam cup. It seems like everyone is getting a little bit more serious about their coffee lately. There are specialty coffee shops popping up left and right, and people are grinding their own beans and brewing their morning cup of joe at home. 

Now, a disclaimer: I usually just pop a capsule in my coffee machine and go. It makes good coffee fast which perfect for me since I'm always rushing. There is, however, something to be said about putting in the time and effort in knowing your coffee from start to finish. My Dad, for one, has this whole morning ritual hand grinding carefully chosen beans just enough for his one cup. He likes making it the old-fashioned way he's used to growing up in the farm and adds only native sugar and the tiniest splash of milk. The whole process takes at least twenty minutes. 

For someone like me, it can get overwhelming with all the complicated looking products out there. But as a budding coffee enthusiast, I am determined to understand and simplify what looks to be intimidating. I asked our Purveyor-of-Home, Mariel for tips on how to make coffee in one of the more interesting ways, the Pour Over Method using the V60 Coffee Dripper.

Design

The V60 is a cone-shaped dripper with spiral ridges along the inner wall and a single, large opening at the bottom. This design keeps the filter from sticking to the walls of the cone, encouraging extraction at the bottom and sides of of the filter. 

Grind

We generally recommend a grind setting between fine and medium.
What you will need for V60 Pour Over Method
Coffee Filter

Technique

Step 1 : Open a V60 paper filter and place in the V60 Coffee Dripper.
      Rinse the filter using hot water to avoid any paper-like taste. Discard water after.

Step 2 : Add ground coffee.
     Even out the grounds by gently shaking the filter.

Step 3 : Using your kettle, pour boiling water into the center of the bed enough to wet all the ground coffee. 
      This process is called "Bloom".  It saturates the grounds without any water dripping through the filter.
      Wait 30 seconds.
      Continue pouring slowly, starting in the center and moving in and out in concentric circles keeping the coffee dripper 2/3 full.

Step 4 : Once the brew has completely passed through the V60 Coffee Dripper to the server, pour into your coffee mug.

Advantage

V60 filters are thinner than any other paper pour over filters, and this is a big plus. While we still recommend rinsing these filters, they impart minimal paper taste — if any at all. The unique design of the V60 yields some of the best coffee we’ve ever had. When one pours carefully, the spiral ridges on the V60 facilitate a more even extraction than other cone-shaped brewers, which tend to over-extract at the bottom. And with the glass or plastic V60 you can watch the entire brewing process.

We especially enjoy using the V60 with bright, fruity, and floral coffees. Generally, coffees from Kenya, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala taste their best when brewed with this method. 
And that's it! Pretty simple and is actually quite therapeutic.
Hope this inspires you to try something new and elevate your next morning cup of joe. 
Your Purveyor-at-Large,