Where are we now?

I was pondering which subject I should write about next.  Roasting?  Processing coffee?  Different drinks?  The history of coffee?

I have tried to order my thoughts and added the following layout, which will be expanded and links added as I blog about them, on our home page.

  1. The History of Coffee
    • Legend and Myth
    • Migration of Coffee
    • Early Coffee Trade
    • Social impact and adoption
    • Prohibition
  2. Current Coffee culture
    • Consumer trends
    • Education
    • Fair Trade
  3. The Farm
    • Growing and cultivation
    • Species and Cultivars
    • Pests and Calamities
    • Harvesting and Processing
    • Sorting and Grating
    • Selecting and Tasting (common terms)
  4.  Roasting
    • Art meets Science
    • Roast Types
    • Types of Roasters
    • Home Roasting
    • Storage
  5. Preparation and Drinking
  6. Baking with Coffee
    • Cream Deserts and Hot Puddings
    • Souffles and Meringues
    • Fruit Deserts
    • Frozen Deserts
    • Cake and Torte Recipes
    • Pies, Tarts and Pastries
    • Sweets, Biscuits and Breads
  7. Personal Journey

What would you like me to post about about next?

The chilled one – Cold brewed coffee

“Cold coffee?”, I hear you say.  “That is just not right!”, you say.  If you do, you are probably robbing yourself of a simple brewing method and a great coffee experience.  Let me take you on a magic carpet ride…

So what is it?  I can tell you first what it is not; it is not hot coffee gone stale and cold when you got busy at work.  It is not the method of pouring warm, strong coffee over ice either.  Instead cold brew is a method whereby you use cold or room temperature water to do your brew.  It creates a non acidic, coffee concentrate that some describe as syrupy.  It is high in caffeine and full of flavour!

There is a long and expensive list of equipment you can use for your cold brewed coffee, but you can get awesome results with run of the mill kitchen equipment.

Some of the store bought equipment you can use are the following:

The Yama Cold Brew Tower.  This beauty is coffee science, but at almost a meter high, not practical for mere mortals.

Yama Cold Brew Tower

The Oxo Cold Water Brewer.  This is a good looking setup which has your container on a base which allows for easy dispensing.

oxo

The Hario Mizudashi Pot.  This sexy beast feature a permanent filter which needs cleaning, but so elegant!

hario

The Toddy.  Imagine Filtron on a budget without a filter.

toddy

By now you must have noticed that with a container for your brew and some filtering mechanism, you should be able to make a good cold brew your self.  One of these is the trusty French press but I make mine in a canned fruit jar and filter through my Aeropress for clarity of brew.

The recipe is super simple:

  1. I use a cup of coarsely grounded medium roast and add to my jar.  The Ethiopian Yirgacheffe we sell is perfect for cold brew coffee thanks to it’s fruitiness, sweetness and light body.
  2. To this I add three cups of iced water
  3. Stir intermittently for a minute
  4. Seal and put in fridge for 12-24 hours, but I go for 24
  5. Filter and enjoy!

Does this not look simple?  You can fill a third or half your glass with the concentrate and fill the remainder with clean water or milk.  You could sweeten your drink with vanilla syrup to taste, but try it neat first.  Mmmmm

Coldbrew

Remember coffee drinkers: Life is to short to have bad coffee!