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Cold Brew Coffee and Iced Café Latte

Cold Brew Coffee and Iced Café Latte

There was a time if you were served a cold cup of coffee you would send it back – but not now – now it’s a “hot” trend!

Cold brew – coffee if brewed properly will develop flavors that are robust, intense and smooth. There are basically two types cold coffee – that is coffee intentionally served cold! Originally, iced coffee was little more than hot coffee allowed to cool then served over ice. It has been around for years. I found a recipe in one of my Grandmother’s cookbooks for iced coffee, circa 1937.

Then there is cold brew which is coffee literally brewed in cold water. The process slowly extracts the rich essence of the ground coffee beans creating a reduction with a bold flavor.

One of the key tricks to any good cup of coffee – whether served hot or cold – is starting with freshly roasted, quality beans. (Sorry to those of you who think good coffee comes from a can or those plastic pods, nope not so!) Find a quality coffeehouse, one that roasts their own beans. If you don’t know of one, ask around.

My favorite coffeehouse is Buon Giorno, currently with three locations in the Tarrant County area. They source and roast their own beans, taking great care to create the perfect flavor from each variety. I’ve been buying coffee and tea from them for over a decade. Though I have occasionally strayed off course and purchased a bag or two from someone else, I always come back. If you’re not in North Texas you can still enjoy their wonderful products by ordering online. (https://bgcoffee.net/)

To make cold brew start by selecting your favorite coffee, I prefer a dark roast but use whatever you like. A coarser grind works best but if you have a finer grind just double the cheesecloth over the sieve. The entire process takes about 24 hours, is quite simple and definitely worth the wait.

And once you have cold brew, then you can enjoy any number of cold coffee beverages – such as a luscious iced Café Latte!

Cold Brew Concentrate

4 ounces ground coffee, preferably a coarse grind, about 1-1/2 cups

4 cups water

Place the ground coffee in an 8-cup container.

Pour the water over the grounds and stir to blend the coffee thoroughly into the water. Cover and chill for 24 hours.

After chilling for 24 hours you’re ready to pour up your cold brew concentrate. Line a fine mesh sieve with cheesecloth, doubling the cloth if your coffee is a finer grind. Slowly pour the coffee mixture into the cheesecloth. Let the coffee strain through the cloth and the sieve on its own, giving it at least 30 minutes. Do not press or stir the coffee through or you will end up with coffee grounds in the concentrate and the brew could be bitter.

Store the cold brew concentrate in a sealed container for up to two weeks.

For Cold Brew Iced Coffee:

½ cup cold brew concentrate

½ cup cold water

Ice

Sugar to suit your taste, optional

Pour the cold brew concentrate in an 8-ounce glass filled with ice.

Add the cold water and sugar then stir to blend well.

For an Iced Café Latte:

¾ cup milk

1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste, optional

½ cup cold brew concentrate

Ice

Pour the milk in a jar or other container with a lid. Add the sugar and shake vigorously for about 15 to 20 seconds, until the milk is very frothy.

Pour the cold brew concentrate in an 8-ounce glass filled with ice.

Add the milk and stir to blend well.

Cold Brew Iced Coffee and Iced Café Latte, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

July 23, 2018
: About 6 to 8 servings

Cold brew – coffee if brewed properly has a flavor that is robust, intense and smooth. And once you have cold brew, then you can enjoy any number of cold coffee beverages – such as a luscious iced latte!

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Ingredients
  • For the Cold Brew Concentrate:
  • 4 ounces ground coffee, preferably a coarse grind, about 1-1/2 cups
  • 4 cups water
  • For Cold Brew Iced Coffee:
  • ½ cup cold brew concentrate
  • ½ cup cold water
  • Ice
  • Sugar to suit your taste, optional
  • For an Iced Café Latte:
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste, optional
  • ½ cup cold brew concentrate
  • Ice
Directions
  • Step 1 For the Cold Brew Concentrate:
  • Step 2 Place the ground coffee in an 8-cup container. Pour the water over the grounds and stir to blend the coffee thoroughly into the water.
  • Step 3 Cover and chill for 24 hours.
  • Step 4 After 24 hours chilling, you’re ready to pour up your cold brew concentrate. Line a fine mesh sieve with cheesecloth, doubling the cloth if your coffee is a finer grind.
  • Step 5 Slowly pour the coffee mixture into the cheesecloth. Let the coffee strain through the cloth and the sieve on its own, giving it at least 30 minutes. Do not press or stir the coffee through or you will end up with coffee grounds in the concentrate and the brew could be bitter.
  • Step 6 Store the cold brew concentrate in a sealed container for up to two weeks.
  • Step 7 For Cold Brew Iced Coffee:
  • Step 8 Pour the cold brew concentrate in an 8-ounce glass filled with ice.
  • Step 9 Add the cold water and sugar then stir to blend well.
  • Step 10 For an Iced Café Latte:
  • Step 11 Pour the milk in jar or other container with a lid. Add the sugar and shake vigorously for about 15 to 20 seconds, until the milk is very frothy.
  • Step 12 Pour the cold brew concentrate in an 8-ounce glass filled with ice.
  • Step 13 Add the milk and stir to blend well.


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