I have multiple fresh bags of coffee sitting and waiting for me to drink it, yet I have a glass of cold brew coffee in my hand instead. This is how my days go these past couple of weeks. I’ve been choosing an iced cold glass of cold brewed coffee over freshly roasted beans. There’s nothing wrong with cold brewed coffee. In fact, I’ve been enjoying cold brewed coffee just as much as I enjoy a hot cup of coffee.
All of this cold brewed coffee insanity started a few weeks ago on Twitter. You’ve most likely heard it, but if you haven’t that’s okay. Over the past few weeks now there’s been an ongoing discussion between baristas, roasters, coffee fanatics, and so on about brewing over ice or as its widely known as, the Japanese iced method, vs. cold brewing which is brewing coffee using cold water for about 12 hours and up.
The on-going discussion has involved talks of preference of one method over the other, hating the cold brew method because of it being flavorless, and more.
I haven’t been able to bring myself to chime in on the ever-growing discussion, but I can’t seem to shut my mind off about it either. Cold brewing coffee in particular has been the reason I can hardly sleep at night. I’ve had it once or twice before in the past and can remember hating it. Maybe that’s because it wasn’t properly done.
Of course I had to open my mind back up to the idea of cold brewed coffee, and before I knew it I had ordered every cold brew coffee offered I could find. I have already had a few ready to drink brews, and a few concentrates from a few different roasters, and yet I still have more I’d like to try. I’ve even set out to brew up my own in the kitchen and experiment with that. I already have a few batches under my belt now.
I will be documenting my experiments, reviews of the various brews I have bought, and discussions in general. This will be a pretty big post spanning over several shorter posts that will be tagged for easy following.
While you wait for these posts, I have pasted just a few of the articles regarding brewing over ice, as well as cold brewing that have been circling the internet as of lately below. They are worth the read.
Jimseven - “My Current Iced Coffee Method”
Jimseven - “Even More On Iced Coffee”
Peter Giuliano: Dymaxion - “Why you should stop cold-brewing, and use the Japanese Iced Coffee Method”
Keaton Violet: One Bag At A Time – “Ice Ice Baby”
Oliver Strand: Ristretto - “Cool Beans”
Oliver Strand: Ristretto - “On the Rocks”
Oliver Strand: Ristretto - “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
Beans and Water - “Iced Coffee”
Nick Cho - “About Iced Coffee”
Barismo – “Iced Coffee Is Trending Hot”