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    Cold Brew 101

    Hello Whittier Locals! Welcome to the 2nd installment of our free coffee education. If you missed the in-store demonstration with Anthony (or if you were there and want to see it all written out!) here's a great breakdown of his process of how to make cold brew at home:

    THINGS YOU NEED:
    • Large Container to brew in (plastic or glass)
    • Coffee Beans (of your choice)
    • Scale
    • Cheesecloth
    • Calculator
    • Wood Spoon
    • Timer
    • Coffee Grinder
    • Water (room temperature, purified)

    THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
    - The standard ratio for Cold Brew is 1 part coffee to 5 parts water (1:5)
    - No heat is added to the coffee, resulting in: lower acidity, less oils, less lipids & sugars broken down
    - Coarse grind size for longer extraction time
    - Cold brew can take up to 24 hrs. depending on your taste preference and the coffee you use. 
    - You are about to make a concentrate, feel free to add water and milk to your liking.                           

    COLD BREW vs. ICED COFFEE:
    - What’s the difference/Is there any difference?
    +COLD BREW refers to the process in which NO HEAT is added to the coffee grounds during the brewing process which results in such a long brewing time (12-24 hrs.)
    +ICED COFFEE refers to adding ice to any previous existing process or method for brewing HOT COFFEE (ex. iced Pour over).                                                                                  

    THINGS TO PRACTICE:
    1. Weigh out beans and grind coarsely (scale and timers come in handy)
    2. Dump grounds into the large plastic container
    3. Measure/weigh out the appropriate amount of room temperature water (follow the 1:5 ratio)  
    4. Slowly pour the water in to the coffee grounds in a large circular motion, making sure to saturate all of the grounds. (use a wooden spoon to stir/agitate if necessary). 
    5. Cover the container with saran wrap or a lid
    6. Let the mixture steep for 12-24 hrs (depending on preference) awayfrom fluctuating temperature. 
    7. The longer you give the coffee to brew, the more that is extracted from the beans, resulting in a more ‘bold’ cold brew the longer you wait.                                  
    8. Strain using a cheesecloth/paper filter/ Filtron Brewing System
    9. Store cold brew can be stored for up to two weeks in your fridge, bust it out for a nice pick me up.            
    10. Enjoy
    Questions? Feel free to stop by the coffee bar anytime and chat with Anthony.