Dummies Guide to Cold Brew

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Like everyone else, we LOVE cold brew and wrote about our love for it here.

Here are 4 reasons why we can’t get enough of our cold brew coffee:

Perfect for long, hot days

Normally, we enjoy sipping on our hot coffees, allowing the warm waves of caffeine to calm us. But on other days, especially on seriously hot ones (like the past week), a cold brew is all we need. Sipping on a cold brew on a hot day is addictively refreshing. Cold brews also contain a higher caffeine level as all other kinds of brews (up to 20x more!) so when you’re feeling terribly exhausted from the unrelenting heat, you’ll want to reach out for a cold brew.

Delicious cups of coffee

8 in 10 people add milk or sugar to their conventional black coffee because they don’t enjoy the acidic taste of black coffee. With cold brew, that’s just not necessary. You can instead expect a more mellow, well-rounded cup with nary a hint of acidity. Fruity and floral notes are much clearer. The muted acidity and clarity in a cup is achieved through the sheer amount of time the coffee interacts with the water at low temperatures. For these reasons, we love making cold brew with Piña Loca and La Dulce Vida, but feel free to take your pick at http://www.hookcoffee.com.sg/coffees/!

Versatility

Here are some ways we’ve enjoyed our cold brews:

  • Adding a touch of vanilla syrup
  • Adding a dash of milk
  • Dousing it in frozen Baileys cubes!!!

Heck, some cafes even offer Nitro Coffees. It looks suspiciously like a Guinness Stout, but definitely tastes as good or better. We even want to install a nitro tap at our office just for the fun of it.

Cold brews are also versatile in the sense that you can enjoy anywhere. At home? At work? On-the-go? In the movies? At the beach? No problem!

Foolproof

Cold brews are so easy to prepare and require minimal effort.

Ground Coffee + Water + 12 hours (min.) = Heavenly, smooth Cold Brew

Here’s a video showing how making coffee can’t get any simpler than cold brews:

The real beauty of cold brew for specialty coffee beginners is this; cold water is much easier to work with than hot water. With a conventional brew, you have a few minutes to get the extraction of the coffee right. Compare this to the 12-hours cold brewing gives you. Brewing to your taste and preferences is simple when you can take it out of the fridge, take a sip and if it isn’t saturated enough for you, throw it back in for another couple of hours.

A well-made batch of cold brew can stay fresh in the fridge for a week, so it’s ready whenever you are. Just remember to remove the coffee grounds after 24 hours – you wouldn’t wanna overdo it, would you?

Did we also mention that one bottle of cold brew makes 4-6 cups? If you’re feeling generous, you can share your brew and if not, you can keep it for the next day!

Here at Hook, simple yet effective methods take the cake and with specialty coffee, it doesn’t get much simpler than cold brew.

Kicking back on a hot day and knocking down a cold coffee sure sounds nice. Cold brews need not be something you only get at cafés or a hot coffee you dilute with ice cubes. Here’s how you can brew your own cold brew using the ingenious Hario Cold Brew bottle.

So here’s what you’ll need

  • Hario Cold Brew Bottle
  • Cool or room temperature water
  • Freshly roasted coffee from Hook Coffee
    Medium-fine grounded coffee. We can grind it for you if you’d like!

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Brew Method

  • Pour the grounded coffee into the filter, filling it close to the brim.

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  • Screw the cap onto the filter.

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  • Pour the water into the bottle until it is approximately 3/4 full.

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  • Insert the filter with the coffee into the bottle of water and leave the bottle in the fridge for at least 12 hours.

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  • Brew to taste. After 12 hours, take a sip from the bottle. If it is not saturated enough for your liking, keep the bottle in the fridge for another 2 hours. Repeat till satisfied.
  • Enjoy!

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The real beauty of cold brew for specialty coffee beginners is this; cold water is much easier to work with than hot water. With a conventional brew, you have a few minutes to get the extraction of the coffee right. Compare this to the 12-hours cold brewing gives you. Brewing to your taste and preferences is simple when you can take it out of the fridge, take a sip and if it isn’t saturated enough for you, throw it back in for another couple of hours.

A well-made batch of cold brew can stay fresh in the fridge for a week, so it’s ready whenever you are. Just remember to remove the coffee grounds after 24 hours – you wouldn’t wanna overdo it, would you?

Did we also mention that one bottle of cold brew makes 4-6 cups? If you’re feeling generous, you can share your brew and if not, you can keep it for the next day!

Here at Hook, simple yet effective methods take the cake and with specialty coffee, it doesn’t get much simpler than cold brew.

 

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