In the home office; mostly cloudy, 59.9 F, 0555
I was going to try and write these things at night, at the end of the day. However, by the end of the day, I am usually wrung out. I will be in no mood to write anything when I get home tonight. Besides, most of this creativity is driven by my morning coffee.
Speaking of that, I have been drinking cold brewed coffee for the last several months. When I mention that, almost invariably, someone will say “But I like my coffee hot.” Yes, I do too, which is why I warm it up in the microwave before I drink it.
Cold brewed coffee is a wonderful thing. You know that great coffee smell when the pot is brewing? Those are the volatile oils from the coffee beans evaporating into the air. Imagine what that coffee would taste like if all those aromas are still in the coffee. In addition to that, brewing coffee with hot water makes it bitter. Cold brewed coffee is not at all bitter and requires no sugar. As I discovered last year, I am a type two diabetic, thus reducing sugar and carbohydrates is very important to my long term viability as functional mass of organized cells.
Well, how do you make said cold brewed coffee? Good question. You will need the following items:
- One mason jar with lid
- A bag of fresh whole bean coffee from your favorite coffee company
- A coffee grinder
- 24-26 oz (800 ml) of cold water
- A 1/2 cup measure
- A strainer to pour the brewed coffee though
- Approximately 18-22 hours of time
- Fill mason jar with clean cold water
- Course grind approximately 1/2 cup of whole coffee beans
- Place the ground coffee in the mason jar with the water and put the lid on
- Let sit on the counter, out of the sunlight for 18-22 hours. The ground coffee will slowly get wet and fall to the bottom of the jar. At some point – eight to ten hours into the process, it is good to slightly agitate the jar to make sure that all the ground coffee is wet and falling to the bottom of the jar.
- After the brew period is over, pour the coffee through a strainer or sieve into a bowl or pot. Some people like to use a coffee filter while doing this.
- Enjoy hot, cold, etc.
I like my coffee warmed up with some heavy cream, unsalted butter or ghee. Also, be aware that the cold brewed coffee seems to have more caffeine per cup that regularly brewed coffee. Lighter roasts even more so.