Summer is upon us and with the warm days ahead, we have been looking for the best ways to stay cool. While drinking cold coffee isn’t the most traditional approach, it’s an exciting way to try something different.
Cold brew coffee is not to be confused with iced coffee, which refers to coffee that is brewed hot and then poured over ice. Cold brew refers to the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period – sometimes up to 24 hours. After brewing, the coffee is diluted by water – sometimes up to 50%.
Because the coffee beans in cold water extract coffee never come into contact with heat, the beans produce a significantly different flavour profile. Lower acidity and lower caffeine content are results of cold brewing methods.
Brew Your Own
Brewing cold brew at home is a simple process if you have a large French Press. Take 2/3 of a cup of coarsely ground coffee and top up with about 3 cups of room temperature water. Stir the grinds, cover with the French Press top, and store in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Pour over ice and add milk or enjoy as is.
Enjoy Cold Brew in Cafés
Father Coffee sells a lighter brew with fruity and floral flavours made using beans from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. It’s available at Father Coffee in Braamfontein for R30 for a 250 ml bottle.
Cove Cold Brew coffee has been brewed for between 12 and 24 hours using ethically sourced and certified organic beans roasted by Union Hand Roasted. Cove Cold Brew Coffee costs R189 for 6 x 200 ml bottles.
Potion Coffee uses a specially blended roast and sell their beautiful bottles in Truth Buitenkant, V&A Craft Market, Kleinsky’s Delicatessen, Superette, Molten Toffee, and New York Bagels.
Barking Coffee sells cold brew in original, milk, vanilla & honey, and cinnamon at Pretoria Boeremark on Saturday mornings. R20 for a 300ml bottle.
Did we miss any cold brew? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!