CoffeeNate.com Episode #11 : The Cold Brewing Method / SpeakEasy Coffee Review


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EDIT: Wow, this video is brutal! Haha. I look like I’m scared to death of the camera. I really need to redo this one (as with most of my early vids). You will find a better cold brew tutorial, which uses the Toddy cold coffee brewer at this link.

Howdy, welcome back to coffeenate.com to learn about Cold Brewing Coffee.  In most areas of the country it is starting to get pretty hot and sticky this time of year.  Who wants to add any heat to the house, or even drink a hot drink for that matter?  Maybe you just want to experiment and try a change of pace.  If that describes you, then cold brewing coffee is right up your alley!  This was an interesting adventure, because there are no hard and fast rules to this method of brewing java.  I experimented with brewing it in milk vs. water, water temps, in the fridge, room temp, various grinds etc.  It was lots of trial and error and I was close to thinking that this method just wasn’t for me, I’m too much of a coffee snob to appreciate the cold brew.  Alas, I found the right combination of factors to produce a suitable brew.  This video details how to brew cold coffee from start to finish.  Here are a couple of recipes that

you may also enjoy, there is an alcholic and a non-alkie version 😉

Iced Coffee Non-Alcoholic Style

  • Add frozen ‘Coffee Cubes’
  • Add 3 ounces of half n’ half
  • Add 4 ounces of Cold Brewed Coffee Concentrate
  • (optional) Add a dollop of whip cream or a shot of chocolate syrup

Alcoholic Iced Coffee

  • Add frozen ‘Coffee Cubes’
  • Add 2 ounces of half n’ half
  • Add 4 ounces of Cold Brewed Coffee Concentrate
  • Add 1 ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • Add 1Tbs Kahlua
  • Add 1Tbs Irish Cream
  • For best results, blend all ingredients for 10 seconds in a blender

There you have it.  Of course, you can adjust these recipes to suit your personal tastes, but it gives you a starting point.  Have fun, and feel free to share your own concoctions with us!

This week I ordered some superb coffees from SpeakEasyCoffee.ca They offer a vast selection of Fair Trade / Organic / Shade-Grown coffees in a variety of blends and roasts.  This small scale roastery focuses on the quality and freshness of the roast while accentuating the flavors of the various origins.  SpeakEasy is based in southern Ontario, Canada, and they ship anywhere in North America.  Roasted to order, you won’t be disappointed with their service or their product.  I especially enjoyed the Ethiopian Harrar and the Costa Rican varieties…MMMmmmm  The Harrar is bursting with an aromatic scent that will invade your home with floral, fruit, and anise notes.  Check them out and share your experiences with us 🙂
If you have a question or an idea for a topic for a future episode feel free to send me a message either through email or twitter.  I care about what you care about, and I am eager to address your coffee questions!  Winning some premium coffee wouldn’t hurt either…would it?  Take care, and see you next week.

Nate

Nate is a special kind of coffee lover. He began drinking the same swill that most others do, but thought there must be something better out there. Sure enough, he was right, even more so than he ever dreamed possible. He soon found his way into the specialty coffee industry, and was tasting exceptional coffees from dozens of roasters from around the country. He is now committed to teaching others how they can appreciate coffee, and how they can make the best coffee in town and save money at the same time! Cheers c[_]

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  • Mike

    Maybe it's just me, but I still love good and plenty. I also like the wonders of modern technology! lol I haven't tried that version of making iced coffee or that adult version, so I'll have to give them both a shot at some point.

  • Mike

    Maybe it's just me, but I still love good and plenty. I also like the wonders of modern technology! lol

    I haven't tried that version of making iced coffee or that adult version, so I'll have to give them both a shot at some point.

    • Thanks for visiting Mike! Those recipes are my own creation, nothing earth shattering or anything, but simple and flexible. I like them in the blender the best 🙂 Take care.

  • nate_s

    Thanks for visiting Mike! Those recipes are my own creation, nothing earth shattering or anything, but simple and flexible. I like them in the blender the best 🙂 Take care.

  • craig

    The good and plenty was classic. I guess my question would be is the taste significantly different from brewing first and then cooling down the coffee? I stopped making my own ice coffee because I was drinking way too much…we're talking heart palpatations.

  • craig

    The good and plenty was classic. I guess my question would be is the taste significantly different from brewing first and then cooling down the coffee? I stopped making my own ice coffee because I was drinking way too much…we're talking heart palpatations.

    • Yeah, you probably shouldn't drink more than a couple a day. Yes, the flavor is very different. I first did the cold method with the Dean & Deluca coffee from episode 10. When hot brewed, it had a really long bittersweet finish, but cold brewed it was much smoother and cleaner. The flavors are much more subtle when cold brewing, but very interesting. I think the cold brew can store longer too, 2 weeks in the fridge. Thanks for coming back Craig.

  • nate_s

    Yeah, you probably shouldn't drink more than a couple a day. Yes, the flavor is very different. I first did the cold method with the Dean & Deluca coffee from episode 10. When hot brewed, it had a really long bittersweet finish, but cold brewed it was much smoother and cleaner. The flavors are much more subtle when cold brewing, but very interesting. I think the cold brew can store longer too, 2 weeks in the fridge. Thanks for coming back Craig.

  • craig

    Thanks for the info Nate, i'm gonna try the cold brew asap…you guys already have me hooked on Kicking Horse!

  • craig

    Thanks for the info Nate, i'm gonna try the cold brew asap…you guys already have me hooked on Kicking Horse!

    • No problem Craig, thanks for checking out my site and following along! Have you joined my Facebook fan page for CoffeeNate.com yet? If you do, then you'll be entered into the draw for some free premium coffee! Here's the link http://www.facebook.com/pages/CoffeeNatecom/68474

  • craig

    Gave you a little digg on this one as well 😉

  • craig

    Gave you a little digg on this one as well 😉

    • Thanks Craig..can always use a DIGG 🙂

  • nate_s

    No problem Craig, thanks for checking out my site and following along! Have you joined my Facebook fan page for CoffeeNate.com yet? If you do, then you'll be entered into the draw for some free premium coffee! Here's the link <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/CoffeeNatecom/68474779514&quot; target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/pages/CoffeeNatecom/68474…</a>

  • Amie

    Hi Nathan, I had never heard of cold brewing, you have piqued my curiousity:) I do wonder though,in terms of flavour, is it worth the time and amount of coffee used as opposed to just hot-brewing and chilling? Also, the coffee ice cube idea is great- once you said it I thought 'of course, that makes so much sense', but of course, I have never thought of it- thanks for the stroke of genius! Amie

  • Amie

    Hi Nathan,

    I had never heard of cold brewing, you have piqued my curiousity:)
    I do wonder though,in terms of flavour, is it worth the time and amount of coffee used as opposed to just hot-brewing and chilling?
    Also, the coffee ice cube idea is great- once you said it I thought 'of course, that makes so much sense', but of course, I have never thought of it- thanks for the stroke of genius!

    Amie

    • Hi Amie, thanks for the comment!! It's something interesting to try. The result is more of a concentrate than the chilled hot brewed coffee. The cold brewing results in a bit of a muted taste, very smooth and clean with no bitterness. It will store longer than heat brewed coffee. I can't take full credit for the coffee cubes, although I did instantly think of it when I was researching the method. I read about it somewhere else too. It is noticeably better in the blender/smoothie machine, I like the consistency better.

  • nate_s

    Thanks Craig..can always use a DIGG 🙂

  • nate_s

    Hi Amie, thanks for the comment!! It's something interesting to try. The result is more of a concentrate than the chilled hot brewed coffee. The cold brewing results in a bit of a muted taste, very smooth and clean with no bitterness. It will store longer than heat brewed coffee. I can't take full credit for the coffee cubes, although I did instantly think of it when I was researching the method. I read about it somewhere else too. It is noticeably better in the blender/smoothie machine, I like the consistency better.

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  • cold brewing on of my favorite brewing methods http://www.flickr.com/photos/gservo/4700802289/

  • Nathan Robertson

     How many grams of coffee is that?

    •  Hi Nathan, thanks for the question!  This post was created quite early in my coffee journey 🙂  I have moved from measuring by volume, to measuring by mass.  So to answer your question, 1.5 cups would be about 105 grams.

  • Brent Cx

    you said a cup and a half of water in the video…. but you didn’t say how much water you used with that cup and a half…. could you clarify that please?

  • kiwit

    Hi nathan, I have tried the cold brew, and I found that it’s best for my stomach for it’s low acidity, lol. The only thing is, what kind of grind should I use? should it be coarse, fine, or between them? thanks before., 😀

  • Shawna

    Y U M M O!!! Great info! Thanks!