Why cold brew? Well, it is less acidic than hot brewed coffee, making it taste sweeter. The immersion method brings out the full flavor profile This is the perfect drink to sip in front of a fire or while enjoying a book by your favorite political philosopher.
Choose your flavor:
First and arguably the most important factor is the coffee blend you choose. We recommend a medium-dark to dark roast* in order to take full advantage of the flavor.
Find your ratio:
Second, you need to determine the grounds to water ratio you would like to use. Of course this is part of the fun and experience we at philosophical grounds love having with our coffee. We recommend ¾ to 1 cup of grounds per 4 cups of coffee. (Or, approximately 1 ounce of grounds to 1 cup of water.) Start with this mixture and see what you get, you can always play with the ratio to obtain the optimum ratio for your taste buds.
Find the right container:
Once you decided on your ingredients, you need to find a container. This is very important as choosing the wrong container can add unwanted and unnatural taste. The container should be made of glass. We recommend using Ball mason jars. They are cheap and readily available. Using plastic or Tupperware style containers will allow a chemical taste to seep into the blend ruining all your efforts.
Get your grind on:
As with most methods of coffee making, using a fresh grind is essential in optimizing the flavor of your brew. We recommend using a coarse grind for two reasons; first it allows for better flavor transfer to the water. Second it is better for straining as the coarser grind does not seep through your filter as easily giving you a much smoother final product.
Get to mixin’
For four cups of coffee, measure ¾ cup grounds. Fill the Mason jar with 4 cups of room temperature or close to room temperature water. Using a long spoon or spatula, press the grounds into the water to ensure that all grounds are saturated.
Hang out for a while:
Once all grounds are saturated, cover the jar. Let the mix sit for 12 hours at room temperature or 24 hours refrigerated.
Get the rough out:
Once your brew has steeped for the desired time, it’s time to separate the grounds (see below for an alternative french press method). We have found that using a piece of cheese cloth as a filter is an excellent choice. Cheese cloth is dye free and will not allow for any chemical seepage to ruin your flavor. Place the cloth over the mouth of the jar and use a rubber band to keep it in place. We also use a separate metal filter, from a pour over type coffee maker, to help the straining process. Either way works well alone, or use them together.
The final Product:
With the grounds strained, you are left with a highly concentrated base of sorts. At this point you can again experiment. Depending on how strong you wish the beverage to taste will determine how much water to cut the concentrate with. Using a 12oz glass, we filled it halfway with the brew and topped it off with water. Remember, after the steeping process, the flavor is up to you…
Now that you have found your flavor, sit back, relax and enjoy your treat while taking this moment for yourself.
*We suggest our signature Hobbes Roast. It was specially designed for cold brew and will give you an added boost!
Using a French press is another simple way to make your cold brew. The size of press you have will obviously determine the amount of cold brew you can make, therefore using this method may limit the amount of brew you are able to make at one time. The process is essentially the same as using the pour over device. First create your mixture directly in the glass beaker. Once again press the grounds into the water to ensure they are fully saturated. Cover the brew and let the mixture steep for 8 hours at room temperature or 12 hours refrigerated. Once the steeping process is complete, simply install the filter cover on your press and depress the plunger to filter the grounds. Pour your cold brew over ice and cut to taste.