Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cold-Press Coffee

The latest issue of Craft Magazine had an article on making cold-press coffee. This is something I've been interested in doing for a while. I had never had cold-press coffee before, but had heard of its merits. The taste is supposed to be much smoother and the acidity lower. This morning, I woke up bright and early at 6am, showered, dropped S off at work, and then headed out to the farmer's market to get our produce for the week, as well as eggs. When I came home, I was quite chipper, so I thought it would be a good time to do some experimenting with the cold-press coffee. I made the coffee as I normally would in a press, only I used cold, filtered water. I allowed the mixture to sit for 12 hours, and then pressed it. I tried the coffee before putting it in the fridge and it was INCREDIBLE. It really is so much smoother-- I am a definite cold-press convert now. It takes a little forethought, but if you put it in the press at night before going to bed, it will be ready for you in the morning when you wake up. If you want hot coffee, you just heat it up in the microwave or on the stove-- since the beans have already been brewed, the acidity level and taste will not change.

My source for coffee is Drew's Brews, located in Nashville. It is without a doubt the best coffee I've ever had in the United States. You can order it online and have it shipped, so I'm still able to get my fix here in Baltimore.


Veggie said...

i'd like to try this, what are the instructions?

Adina said...

Hi Veggie, thanks for stopping by! Do you have a coffee press? If so, it is VERY easy to make cold-press coffee. After adding your desired amount of medium to coarsely ground coffee, fill the press with cold water. Allow the coffee to steep for at least 12 hours. After 12 hours, plunge down the press. Serve the coffee over ice or use your microwave or stovetop to heat it up. Voila, cold-press coffee.

Veggie said...

Unfortunately not, but thanks for the instructions. I think I'll try straining it through a coffee filter.