Easy Quarantine Cold Brews
Summer has officially arrived in the city of Boston, which means that cold brew is officially back in vogue. Cold-brew is everyone’s favorite form of cold coffee. Cold-brew is perfect for someone who wants to put forth the minimal effort to have a lot of coffee on hand anytime they’re in the mood for a cup. With many of us staying safe by staying indoors, we won’t be able to visit Caffe Strega regularly for their in-house cold brew creations. And in these trying times, we all deserve an extra bit of refreshment and relaxation. The beauty of cold brew is in its simplicity.
What’s The Beauty of Cold Brew?
With cold brew, it is time, not temperature, that effectively extracts the coffee flavors from the grounds. There is no special equipment required to make a cold brew batch: all it takes is coarsely ground coffee, water, a paper or mesh filter, and cords. There is no special equipment required to make a cold brew batch: all it takes is coarsely ground coffee, water, a paper or mesh filter, and a container big enough to steep all the cold brew your heart desires.
The shelf life of cold brew is another distinct advantage. Compared to a hot brew, which has a short window of optimal temperature and flavor, cold brew can be stored in the fridge for up to a week and enjoyed at any time. Even iced coffee, hot coffee served over ice, is ideally drunk before the ice melts and dilutes the coffee.
Cold brew coffee is mellow, and sweeter than a conventional Americano or filters coffee, with lower acidity. It’s also a greener option, as it doesn’t require heat or electricity. The most essential component to a rocking cold brew is the coffee you use. Mediocre coffee can get by just fine in a hot brew, but when cold brewed its imperfections and shortcomings are plain to see.
Coffee beans contain antioxidants and other nutrients that your body needs to function. Without heat involved in the coffee-making process, there is less extraction of chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant your body uses to fight off disease and aging. Cold brew coffee is naturally sweeter than hot brew coffee due to it being less acidic. This helps reduce calories, as consumers won’t have to add as much creamer and sugar to improve the coffee’s taste.Cold-brew coffee benefits may be enough to convince hot coffee drinkers to cross over to the other side to enjoy a smoother, potentially healthier version of their favorite drink. Give your hot cup of coffee a rest and try for a cold brew from time to time to take advantage of the unique flavor and texture that each has to offer.