Cold Brew when traveling

It seems everywhere you look these days, more and more shops are offering cold brew. We have had several posts about how to make it. What if you don’t have time or are traveling? What then? Here are some ideas.

If you are staying at someone’s house and if they have the room, you can get cold brew coffee packs from Dunkin’ Donuts. It looks like this is a more concentrated coffee as they have you add water after brewing it.

Stumptown Roasters has taken their cold brew a little further and make a Sparkling Cold Brew. It comes in a few different flavors: Original, Ginger Citrus, Honey Lemon. If you order online, it will cost $20 for a 6-pack sampler of all the flavors or $40 for a 12 pack of any one flavor. The cans are 12 oz each.

If you are traveling, you can find cold brew in just about any major coffee shop like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Stumptown, etc.

More and more people are switching to cold brew

Cold brew coffee may take hours but more people are discovering the smoothness of this coffee. It’s so easy to make yourself at home that you don’t need to spend the extra money at the local coffee shops. Millennials are adopting it more.

The StarTribune featured an article about the switch over to cold brew that is gripping our nation. It is a matter of taste. As the acids are not present in cold brew, some people are missing that bite. We think it a plus, especially if you suffer from acid reflux. With the acids missing, you can once again have your favorite coffee.

Some opt to make it so they can drink it straight and some make it more concentrated and dilute it as they go to have more available.

Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Cold Brew Coffee is hanging on as an in-thing for coffee lovers. Everyone from Starbucks, to Dunkin’ Donuts to your local artisan coffee stop has a version of it. While there are plenty of cold brew kits out there, some starting as low as $18 dollars most people already own everything they need to make it.

There is a lot of information out there too. A quick search will reveal coffee enthusiasts discussing – and sometimes arguing – about what beans to use or filtered water vs. tap water or whether one should subscribe to the 8 or 12 or 24 hour soak.

However, the basics are simple and you can probably whip up a batch without buying anything but some decent coffee beans. This simple overnight process should give you a very drinkable cold brew at a fraction of the coffee shop price.

All you need is a Mason jar and a fine-mesh sieve or nut-milk bag, some tasty beans, and some coffee filters. Add water to your coffee in the Mason jar, stir, cover and leave it out overnight. In the morning filter the grounds through the sieve and use a coffee filter to pick up the silt. You’ll want to experiment with your grounds to water ratio and many recipes can be found online. Some say the perfect ratio is about 56 grams of coffee to 600 ml water.

The filtering process only takes about five minutes. You may want to cut the coffee with regular water if you make a stronger concentration. For bonus points, try making some coffee ice cubes with your homemade cold brew. A great way to keep your drink cool w/o diluting it.

Here’s a new concept in making coffee

The GINA smart coffee instrument by Goat Story is now on kickstarter. As of today there are 45 more days to back it. So what makes this one different? The Victor crew will give a synopsis:

First of all, this instrument has a built-in scale and an app. It will also brew coffee as pour-over, immersion, or cold drip. WHAT?! The only thing it doesn’t do is grind.

So there is a Bluetooth scale that will show amounts on the app on your phone so you can make sure you have the right ratio of water to coffee. You can save your data and even share it. There is a valve that allows you to choose which brewing technique you prefer: open it for pour-over, close it for immersion, or set the drop flow for cold drip. Note: Cold brew will still take 8 1/2 hours to make. One drawback is it will only make 10 oz. using any method. They claim it would destabilize the construction. They recommend you make it stronger and add more water after you pour it.

If you were early, you could have gotten Gina for $145; there are 7 left for $160; you can pledge $175, $200 (you’ll also get a mug and specialty beans), $290 (2 Gina coffee makers), $540 (4 Gina coffee makers), $550 (one gold-plated Gina), or $990 (9 Gina coffee makers). You can also just pledge $25 for a Gina mug.

Pour over with GINA

Immersion with GINA

Cold Brew with GINA

Find out more here.

Cold Brew machine that never was

Usually when you make cold brew coffee, you grind the beans and let them brew in the refrigerator for anywhere from minimum 8 hours or more. There was a campaign on Indiegogo for Prisma Cold Brew back in August that makes a pot that brews cold brew in 10 minutes. It was designed by FirstBuild, a co-creation community backed by GE Appliances. It used vacuum infusion to extract the coffee faster.

With their campaign completed, it only reached 97% goal of $150,000 ($145,228) so they will be refunding all the money. They believe some of the problem was that their potential buyers haven’t discovered cold brew yet. It may have been the steep price – they had an early bird special for $229 at $70 off so that means the regular price would have been $299. That’s a steep price to pay for a cold brewer.