5 cold brew coffee facts and DYI cold brew recipes.
Cold Brew becomes more popular in the summer months, but in sunny Bradenton, Florida it seems to be a year round drink. Bradenton coffee lovers tend to mix up their coffee drinks from time to time and with the seasons. Why is pumpkin spice latte such a craze coffee drink in the fall? Or peppermint mocha in the winter? It seems to be the cold brew coffee is the new staple drink for the summer months. It also gives you multiple options to fix a coffee drink without an espresso machine. In Florida, sometimes nothing can be more refreshing than a cold brew coffee on a hot summer day.
5 things about Cold Brew & Our Cold Brew recipes
1-There are many benefits of this style of coffee. Cold brew tends to be less bitter leaving your drink smooth. In fact, it is generally 60 percent less acidic than hot coffee. When you brew coffee with heated water the coffee beans create a more acidic taste. The oils in the coffee beans contain acids that are more pronounced in hot coffee due to the heating method. Cold or room temperature water will not penetrate the acid oils as much giving a mellow extraction of the acid oils. This leaves a more palatable drink for the average coffee drinker. Also, people with digestion and stomach issues can benefit from cold brew coffee. At the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, we run into many people who have these health issues. Non-coffee drinkers may tend to avoid coffee altogether because of its acidity, but with cold brew coffee it can be a game changer.
2-Caffeine is very important to some coffee connoisseurs. At Banyan Coffee we get a lot of questions about which coffee has more caffeine. I always tell customers that cold brew is the best option because of the following. A 16oz mug of regular hot coffee has about 165mg of caffeine while the same amount of cold brew has about 200mg of caffeine. The extraction time in the cold brew process is far longer than any hot brew method. This means that the coffee beans get more time to saturate all the sugars, oils, caffeine, and flavor. If this doesn’t sell you on cold brew then you can always stick to a light roast coffee bean for your hot coffee. It will provide you with that caffeine boost you crave. As a coffee roaster, we try not roast our specialty coffee to a dark roast. Not simply because dark roast coffee has less caffeine but you lose natural flavors as we discussed in our previous blog about single origin coffee.
3-Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee
Iced coffee uses hot water to extract flavor which is then poured over ice. This is the fastest way to get cold coffee but the taste is far different. Many restaurants will use this approach to offer a cold coffee drink option. This method leaves the iced coffee more bitter due to the over extraction of the oils we discussed earlier. Iced coffee doesn’t have the longevity like cold brew. In a day, iced coffee will break down faster than cold brew. On the other hand, our cold brew coffee subscription is delivered to your door and will keep its delicious flavor for 2-3 weeks. During this time the coffee will slowly break down. An interesting fact about coffee is that air and sunlight are the worst elements for its survival. You could say it’s a coffee roasters kryptonite!
4-Coffee beans have antioxidants such as Chlorogenic Acid. This acid may help with metabolism and lower blood sugar levels. This helps with Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and nervous system function. Banyan Coffee is not a center for nutrition but rather a coffee roaster. However, a few things in the coffee world can lead to some health benefits. We feel if coffee is consumed in moderation, it has some potential to benefit one’s body in the ways listed above.
5-Nitro Cold Brew is another coffee option drink. If you’re a coffee drinker that likes sugar in their cup of coffee then this is a drink to try. Nitrogen infusion coffee gives a rich, creamy, sweet aftertaste that is almost chocolatey in flavor without adding any sugar to the mix. So if you’re dieting on plans such as the Keto Diet (zero carbohydrates, zero calories, and zero sugar), Nitro Cold Brew is a great option. We offer the Nitro option on our coffee truck for events such as weddings, parties, or gatherings.
How to make Cold Brew coffee:
In general, this coffee takes 12-24 hours of brew time in your refrigerator or in a room temperature area. Grind your coffee to about a drip ground. You don’t want a grind that is too course because this will produce weak coffee. If you grind too fine though, it will taste very bitter. The amount of coffee used ranges from 1:3 to 1:8 (coffee/water ratio). We recommend using 8 ounces of ground coffee to 1 gallon of water. Be sure to mix all the coffee grounds in your water container. An extra water pitcher comes in handy to evenly soak the grounds. You can use a cheesecloth or a mesh filter bag to keep clean-up to a minimum while your ground coffee is saturating in the water. We recommend using glass container but plastic will work too. Once your time has elapsed, strain out the coffee from the water into a separate container. Make sure you serve the coffee on ice or chilled. Refrigeration is the key to the longevity of your coffee. Do not leave you coffee out of the refrigerator. Try to consume within 2-3 weeks.
If you order our cold brew coffee we only deliver in Bradenton, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island , Lakewood Ranch, and the Ellenton area. We can not ship our cold brew coffee due to refrigeration. For home delivery try our coffee subscription. We will leave your coffee in a bag on ice to keep it chilled if you are not home. As a coffee roaster we need to accommodate our client base. We now wholesale our cold brew coffee by the gallon to coffee shops, churches, cafes, restaurants, offices, and other local businesses.
Cold Brew Coffee Drink Recipes:
We use oat milk and oat creamer to dilute the cold brew concentrate. We have found that oat milk adds a smooth texture. Oak milk is a vegan alternative to dairy milk
Smoked Macchiato Latte (Vanilla & Brown Butter)
Mix 1:1 ratio 4 oz Cold brew to 4oz. oak milk on ice, 1 pump of Vanilla, 1 pump of Brown Butter
Honey Badger (Honey & Brown Butter)
Mix 1:1 ratio 4 oz Cold brew to 4oz. oak milk on ice, 1 pump of Honey & 1 pump of Brown Butter
More CowBell (Swiss Chocolate & Caramel)
Mix 1:1 ratio 4 oz Cold brew to 4oz. oak milk on ice, 1 pump of Swiss Chocolate & 1 pump of Caramel
Banyan Bomb (need espresso for it.)
Mix 1:1 ratio 4 oz Cold brew to 4oz. oak milk on ice, espresso shot with sugar over Cold Brew.