Flash Brewed Iced Coffee

Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by

Flash Brew

If you’re one of the many iced coffee lovers who’ve made the switch to cold brew, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about “flash brewed” iced coffee. Back before cold brew was a thing, iced coffee was often regular strength hot coffee (or yesterday’s coffee) poured over ice. The result was watery and disappointing. Also called ice brewed or Japanese-style iced coffee, flash brewed iced coffee is brewed fresh over ice, usually using a pour-over brewer like the Chemex or Hario. For a visual, check out our video on brewing hot or iced coffee with the Chemex. It can also be made with a regular old automatic drip machine or an Aeropress. The key is allowing the coffee to drip directly onto the ice as it brews. Drip by drip, it cools instantly and less dilution occurs than if you were to dump a cup or a pot full of hot coffee over ice.

Flash brew vs. cold brew

If cold brew tastes a little flat to you, that’s because ground coffee requires heat to release some of its acids and aromatic oils (for details on the cold brewing method, check out our post). Cold brewed coffee is much less acidic, but possibly also less nuanced in flavor. High temperatures also cause these oils to oxidize and degrade over time, resulting in the sour or stale taste coffee acquires after sitting on a burner too long. Both methods claim to minimize oxidation, cold brewing by omitting heat and flash brewing by minimizing the amount of time between exposure to heat and consumption.

Another important difference between cold brew and flash brew is texture. Cold brew is less filtered since the coffee sits in contact with the grounds for a long period and some finer sediment dissolves over time. The end result is a rich, mellow cup, with the velvety texture of French press coffee. Flash brewed coffee by comparison is cleaner and crisper, with more bite, more aroma, and some would argue, more flavor.

Flash brewed coffee also has a few convenient advantages over cold brews, depending on your perspective. While nothing is lazier than dumping grounds and water in a bowl and letting them sit, flash brewed coffee is ready right away – no wait required. Also, less coffee is required since cold brew recipes typically make a concentrate with a high ratio of grounds to water. For flash brewing, start with the amount of coffee you would normally use, and replace half the brewing water with ice. Increase the grounds to water ratio if you like a little stronger taste from your iced coffee.

So which one wins? They are both great, but certain coffees are better with one brewing method than with the other. Cold brewing will emphasize more chocolaty or nutty characteristics while the acidity of flash brew will taste fruitier. Try picking a single origin coffee with an acidity level and flavor notes that will either play up or balance these characteristics. For instance, the higher acidity level of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe really jazzes up a cup of cold brew. To further emphasize its brightness, try it flash brewed. To minimize the acidic flavor of flash brewed coffee, try an Indonesian varietal like Papua New Guinea or Estate Java. Flash Brewed coffee tends to have a more nuanced flavor, perfect for a light roast coffee, but there are no rules. Experiment with roast level, see what you like, and share your recommendations!

 

 

 

Dark Moon Cocktail

Friday, August 12th, 2016 by

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In case you need an excuse to have a cocktail on a Tuesday, National Rum Day is August 16th. In honor of rum, we’re mixing up a batch of this cold brew cocktail. This recipe makes a pitcher and can be made in advance. Just combine the liqueur and rum (we used Kahlua and Sailor Jerry) with cold brewed coffee and store in a covered container in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, add the cola, pour over ice, and spoon a little heavy cream over the top of each glass.

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1 1/2 cups cold-brew coffee.
  • 1/2 cup coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 cup spiced rum
  • 1 12-ounce bottle Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (divide among glasses)

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Cold Fashioned Recipe

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 by

The old fashioned cocktail recipe hasn’t changed much since the 1860s (or earlier) for a reason. When made well, it’s perfect. Coffee and whiskey are great partners however, and we like this caffeinated twist perfect for cold brew season.

Cold Fashioned

Ingredients 

1 sugar cube

2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

2 oz bourbon or rye

1 oz cold brewed coffee (or chilled espresso)

Ice

Twist of lemon

Instructions

Place sugar cube and bitters in a rocks glass. Add a splash of the cold brew and muddle well. Add the bourbon or rye, followed by the cold brew and ice. Stir until chilled. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

 

Iced Horchata Latte

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by

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Our new favorite hot weather coffee drink is a CBD tested and approved recipe from Bon Appetit: the iced horchata latte. Horchata is a creamy, sweet iced drink typically made with rice and nuts and flavored with cinnamon. We love it so much we developed an Horchata green tea (returning soon), which we drank all last summer over ice. This recipe combines ground coffee beans with traditional horchata ingredients for a drink that’s somewhere between horchata and cold brew. It’s delicious. We doubled the original quantities for better guzzling.

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • tablespoons coffee beans (we used Jamaican Blue Mountain Style)
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • cinnamon stick, crushed
  • 8 cups water
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Simple syrup to taste

Instructions:

Using a coffee grinder, coarsely grind the brown rice, followed by the coffee beans. Place in a large bowl along with the almonds, cinnamon stick, and water. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until very smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a serving container. Serve immediately over ice, sweetening the latte to taste with simple syrup and salt. You can store the batch in the fridge for up to three days. Stir well before serving.

Super Easy Cold Brew: Two Methods

Friday, July 10th, 2015 by

Cold Brew

A while back we posted a fantastic article on how to cold brew coffee in large batches. Sweeter and less acidic than traditional iced coffee, cold brew truly deserves its current popularity. The instructions in our post couldn’t be easier, but they do involve cheesecloth, which is a turn-off to some (what aisle is that in?).

Recently we’ve been experimenting with some alternate cold brew methods using equipment intended for other things that we happened to have around. Here are two, cheesecloth-free cold brewing methods we like that get the job done without a mess.

What you will need (for both methods, yield: 4 servings)

3 cups cold water

2/3 cup coffee, ground for French press

Method 1: French press cold brew

Did you know your French press is a secret cold brewing machine? Cold brewing is no more messy or complicated than brewing hot coffee. In our video, we use a 34 oz press. Add the coffee, pour the cold water in, stir once and steep overnight (12 hours) before plunging.

Method 2: T-Sac cold brew

Attention tea lovers: we sell these inexpensive things called T-Sacs, which are empty paper tea bags you fill with loose-leaf tea and steep, no strainer required. It turns out they are also great for coffee. Divide the coffee into two number 4 T-Sacs, knot the top, and place in a container of water (we use a Mist Iced Tea Jug, but anything without a hole in the bottom will do the job). Give things a stir and refrigerate overnight. Remove the T-Sacs and enjoy.