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Cold Brew: Different Brewing Methods

During the pandemic in 2020, cold brew became one of the most popular drinks. So popular, in fact, that cold brew brewing spiked 206 percent.

You can always buy cold brew coffee, but why not try to make it at home? Keep reading, and we’ll show you how to brew cold coffee in a few different ways.

The History of Cold Brew Coffee

Cold-brew coffee traces back to at least the Dutch, but the people of Koyoto, Japan, put their own spin on it in the 1600s. 

You may be wondering, “What is cold brew coffee? Is it any different than iced coffee?”

The answer is yes. Iced coffee is simply coffee plus ice. For cold brew coffee,  steep coffee grounds in cold water for several hours before consuming it. 

Hundreds of years ago, the Japanese had their own cold coffee brewing methods. Rather than steeping, they let the water drop one bead at a time onto the coffee grounds. This process would take one day.

How to Make Cold Brew Using A French Press

To learn how to brew cold coffee, you’ll need water, coffee grounds, and a French press. Instead of medium-fine grounds, use grounds that are coarse.

The correct ratio for cold brew coffee is 1:5. That is one ounce of coffee for every five ounces of water. Then, pour in the water after the grounds and stir them together. Let it sit overnight in the fridge, and then press the plunger.

How to Make Cold Brew Using A Mason Jar

You’ll need coarse grounds for this cold brew brewing too. The 1:5 ratio works here as well.

Stir the coffee grounds into half of your measured amount of water. Then, add the rest of the water to thoroughly wet all the grounds. Put the cold brew coffee in the fridge to cool overnight or longer.

Strain out the grains with a coffee filter in the morning, and drink up. 

Cold Brew: Different Brewing Methods

How to Make Cold Brew Using a Chemex

One of our favorite coffee brewing methods is the Chemex. You’ll want to use a 1:10 ratio for a smooth blend here. For a stronger drink, use the 1:8 ratio.

Pour in your cold water over the coffee grounds, put it in the fridge for 24 hours, and wait for the magic to happen. Then, add ice to make it a brewed iced coffee.

Cold Brew Recipes for Different Types of Coffee Drinkers

You may notice that all these coffee brewing methods take a long time. Are you wondering how to make it a smidge easier? That’s easy.

With Dog Daze Cold Brew Packs, you can skip the straining step.

The Benefits of Drinking Cold Brew Coffee

The major benefit of drinking cold brew coffee is that it tastes better than iced coffee. It’s less bitter and acidic than iced coffee.

Another benefit is that you can adjust how strong you want the coffee to be. It will still taste delightfully smooth.

Cold Brew Brewing

Cold-brew brewing can taste just as good from home as it does at the coffee shop. You can try it today now that you know how to brew cold coffee with these coffee brewing methods.

Our New Trick Cold Brew is the best place to start. Learn more about it here.