I didn’t develop a taste for coffee until a few years ago. Shortly after I started enjoying soy and almond milk lattes I realized my body didn’t handle that much caffeine very well. Harrison can attest to a few very rapid fire conversations post latte! I switched to decaf and I’m back to a regular speaking pattern. In the winter I use my Nespresso machine to make decaf latte’s but last summer I started making cold brew decaf coffee for the warm weather. Cold brew coffee has a less acidic taste than hot brewed coffee that I really like. Lately I have been adding cold brew coffee to my protein smoothies to get a boost of nutrients with my coffee.
I have read multiple ideas on the best grind for cold brew coffee. Some people recommend fine ground, some medium and others coarse. My favorite coffee shop is Timeless Cafe in Oakland. This all-vegan coffee shop is a dream come true. Their pastries, food and drinks are all incredibly delicious. I also buy my coffee there. They advised a fairly coarse grind for cold brew and since I love everything they do I followed their advice.
In addition to the varying advice on grind levels you will also see every recipe for Cold Brew Coffee seems to have a different ratio of grounds to water. For my taste I like 4 cups of cold water with 1 cup of coffee soaked for 24 hours. I purchased this CoffeeSock a few months ago and it has made the cold brew process really simple. It is designed to make cold brew coffee in a Mason Jar. You can definitely just strain out the coffee grounds if you want to skip the coffee sock.
After 24 hours of soaking I have about 4 cups of coffee that is fairly concentrated. I often mix it with soy milk for a quick iced coffee drink on my way out the door. My favorite thing to do is to freeze at least a cup of the coffee in ice cube trays. I make cold Mocha Protein Smoothies using 1.5 cups of soy (or almond) milk, 4 coffee ice cubes and one scoop of Chocolate Sunwarrior Protein Powder. The coffee balances out the sweetness of the chocolate protein powder. This is a great mid afternoon pick me up during the warmer months.