We all know and love the smooth, delicious taste of cold brew coffee. Whether you want to up your cold brew coffee game or want to learn how to make it at home, we'll show you a step-by-step guide on how to do both right from the comfort of your kitchen.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
As an alternative to hot or iced coffee, cold brew coffee has been gaining popularity throughout the years and it has never been easier to make cold brew coffee. All you need is your Primula Burke Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, coarse coffee grounds, and some water. If you're unsure of how to grind your coffee beans or which type of grind to use, be sure to check out our guide on how to get the perfect grind for your brew.
The cold brew method is made by extracting sweet flavored, low acidic coffee through brewing in a cool water over a period of 24 hours. Cold brew coffee is on average 65% less acidic than traditional hot brew coffee. Cold brew is naturally sweeter than hot brew coffee.
The first thing you'll want to do is place the ground coffee beans in the brew filter. For the best results, use freshly roasted, coarsely ground coffee.
Next, insert the brew filter inside and slowly pour two cups of water over the coffee to dampen it. Once the coffee is damp, slowly fill the remainder of the filter with water to cover the grounds or up to the top of the windows in the brew filter. Make sure not to overfill the carafe with water. Once the carafe is full, stir the grounds until they are fully saturated with water. Tighten the lid and place in refrigerator to cold brew for 24 hours. For ultimate flavor extraction, stir grounds during the brewing process.
Once brewed, remove the brew filter from the carafe. Easily screw off the bottom to release used coffee grounds and always remember to remove the filter before pouring your coffee.
Serve with ice, different types of milk or creams, and other flavorings. You'll have delicious cold brew coffee in no time!
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How to Achieve that Coffee Shop Feel at Home
Take your everyday coffee experience and spice it up with a coffee shop feel, but from the comfort of your own kitchen! Primula offers a wide variety of different cold brew makers that make it so easy to have that coffee shop feel right at home.
The Primula 2-in-1 Craft Coffee Maker allows you to make hot French press coffee or smooth cold brew coffee. This coffee maker is large enough for multiple servings and is top-rack dishwasher safe.
2-in-1 Craft Coffee Maker, Cold And Hot Brew Coffee Maker - Primula
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The Primula Kedzie Cold Brew Maker is guaranteed to make smooth and tasty cold brew each time. You can even make tea by adding your favorite tea and base your brew on desired strength.
Kedzie Cold Brew Maker, 1.6 Qt, Stainless Steel Protective Holder - Primula
Enjoy smooth, delicious cold brew coffee at home with the Kedzie cold brew coffee maker. Brew, store and serve your cold brew all in one sleek pitcher made of high quality borosilicate glass. Make your own cold brew coffee in… read more
Need a cold brew coffee maker that is more compact, better on the go, or make for smaller spaces? We've got you covered. The Primula Cold Brew Coffee Bottle can do all of that and more!
Cold Brew Coffee Bottle, 20 Oz, Stainless Steel Mesh Core, Neoprene Sleeve - Primula
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At Primula, there are so many options for making delicious cold brew. Whether you like your cold brew in large batches, or on the go, Primula has it all!
Cold Brew Coffee Tips!
These tips were made to help you get the best experience out of your cold brew.
Don't Confuse the Two
Yes, there is a difference between iced coffee and cold brew. Have you ever wondered what the key differences are? Iced coffee is regular, hot brewed coffee that is cooled before adding ice to it. Iced coffee is more bitter than cold brew since it was made with hot water. Some even argue that the cooled down coffee makes it tase weaker. On the other hand, cold brew is made without ever getting hot. Coarse coffee grounds are mixed in with room temperature or cold water and then it is strained after 12-24 hours of brewing.
While cold brew is made with cool or room temperature water, it can actually be enjoyed either hot or cold. If you enjoy a hot cup of coffee, put the cold brew into the microwave, and enjoy!
Since cold brew coffee is brewed with cold water instead of hot water, cold brew has more than 50% less acid than hot brewed coffee. Overall, that is the greatest difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee!
Cold brew is brewed as a concentrate and thus has 3 times the caffeine as a traditional coffee.
Try to spice it up by mixing the coffee grounds with cardamom chicory, nutmeg, ginger, coconut, or cinnamon before brewing. You could also try infusing your already made cold brew with vanilla extract or other kinds of extract for a nice hint of flavor. Let us know what kind of deliciously infused cold brew you make!
Frothing your Milk
Milk frothing has been all the craze ever since handheld milk frothers have stepped their game up by entering the coffee world. The Primula Handheld Milk Frother is perfect to add to all sorts of coffee.
Fear not, you can froth any kind of milk including whole milk, skim milk, soy milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, cashew milk, half and half, creamer, and so much more!
With the help of a milk frother, you can make delicious cold foam right in your own kitchen. No need to go through a drive thru! While a lot of people use a milk frother to put milk on top of their hot latte, a lot of people use it for cold foam as well. For cold brew, leave the milk at the refrigerated temperature, place desired amount into a separate glass, use the Primula Handheld Milk Frother for 10-20 seconds (depending on which type of milk you use, non-dairy milks can take longer to froth up because they have less fat) making up and down motions with the milk frother, and pour over your cold brew coffee. You will see the milk slowly seep into the coffee, making this cool looking effect with the coffee and an even better tasting one!
Handheld Milk Frother Electric Hand Foam Lattes, Cappuccinos and Matcha - Primula
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Keep the Grounds Out
No matter how amazing you are at pouring water over your grounds, there always seems to be those pesky ones that still float on the top of the water. Use a spoon and gently press the floating grounds under the water before putting the lid on for the brewing, because we wouldn't dare to waste coffee, even if it's one little ground.
If the coffee grounds escape from the mesh filter in your cold brew filter due to an accidental overflow, the brew filter can be used to filter the coffee. After brewing is complete, pour coffee into a clean brew filter to pass through the filter a second time; this will remove any excess grounds.
Don't Overbrew It
Make sure you don't overbrew your coffee. We recommend a 12 hour brewing time for our cold brew travel bottles and a 24 hour brew time for our larger cold brew makers. Don't brew for longer than 24 hours, as it could lead to a bitter-tasting coffee.
How Long Should I Store my Cold Brew?
Primula cold brew coffee makers were designed to keep your coffee fresh for up to 14 days, anything longer than that, make sure to let it go.
Bloom Like a Pro
If you want to get really fancy when it comes to your cold brew, try to bloom your coffee like a pro. Once you get your grounds in the brew filter, use a Primula Gooseneck Kettle to carefully pour a small amount (30 grams) of hot water above the grounds before filling it up with room temperature or cold water. When you "bloom" the coffee with hot water, it releases carbon dioxide from the roasting process that prohibits the brewing process. Use water at 200 degrees F and let the grounds rest for 30 seconds to a minute before filling the rest of the brewer with cold water.
Use Filtered Water
When it comes to perfecting the cold brew process, use filtered water. Many overlook the importance of using a good filtered water for their coffee, but if your water tastes bad, then so will your coffee. However, you don't want water that is over filtered either. Distilled water might be too filtered, but using a water filter pitcher like a Brita makes the water just fine.
While the layering process might take a bit more time, it is totally worth it. If you layer your water and coffee when preparing a cold brew, you are ensuring that your coffee grounds are saturated without over agitating the grounds. Put a little water, then a little coffee, and repeat until your grounds have all been added and the cold brew coffee maker is filled.
Is there a Difference Between Room Temperature and Refrigerated Cold Brew?
Actually, yes! If you leave your Primula cold brew maker out on the counter to brew overnight, you'll have a stronger brew compared to putting the cold brew maker in the fridge. The room temperature cold brew will have a stronger, richer, and full-flavored taste compared to the refrigerated brew.
Other Ways to Make Cold Brew
Did you Know you Can Make Cold Brew Coffee in a French Press?
In case you don't already have the cold brew maker from above, we can show you another way to make a smooth and delicious cold brew. Making cold brew in a french press can be a super easy way to make your morning cup, but can be a bit different than a traditional cold brew maker, so follow our step-by-step guide, and you'll have enjoyable coffee in no time!
In order to achieve a cold brew that is made in a French press, you'll want to opt for a darker roast. Once you have your dark roasted beans ready to go, you'll want to use the Primula Adjustable Burr Coffee Grinder to get started. Grind the beans so you have approximately 140 grams of ground coffee. Make sure you grind the beans to a coarse grind.
Add 4 cups of water to the French press and then add your coffee grounds to the water. Mix the combination well, but carefully.
Cover up the top of the French press (and make sure the plunger does not fall down!) and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Once refrigerated, push the plunger all the way down, ensuring the coffee grounds stay at the bottom.
To serve, pour freshly brewed coffee into a cup and enjoy with different kinds of milk, how it is, over ice, or other flavorings and enjoy!
Final Point of Brew
We hope you got some helpful cold brew coffee tips and tricks from this article! If you make delicious cold brew, we want to see! Tag us on Instagram @primulaproducts or over on TikTok @primulaproducts. We can't wait to see what you come up with!