Cold Brew 101: The Lucky Goat Guide To Cold Brew Coffee
If you're new to cold brew coffee, then you may be wondering what all the hype is about. In this article, we'll explain everything you need to know about cold brew, including what it is, how it's made, which beans produce the best brew, and how it becomes so creamy and delicious.
So if you're interested in learning more about this delicious and fun way of brewing coffee, keep reading!
What Exactly Is Cold Brew Coffee?
Great question! While Cold Brew is a beverage that you've seen explode in popularity and have numerous variations on menus in every coffee shop, it’s actually a brewing method in which coffee grounds are extracted at room temperature.
Cold Brew is a refreshing, bold take on the coffee you already know and love – just brewed in a new, versatile way. The result of brewing this way creates a beverage that can hold its flavor and freshness for a longer period of time than a traditional hot cup o’ joe.
Learn More: Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee
Benefits Of Cold Brew Coffee
If the creamy deliciousness wasn’t reason enough to love this drink, it has a few other benefits that you may not have considered.
It can be made in larger batches, something quite useful to keep in your fridge for an on-the-go pick me up.
Have it any way you like –over ice, with milk, a splash of vanilla, or simply on its own.
Don’t have time to wait for your drip coffee? Running late? A pre-brewed batch of Cold Brew can last for 3 days in the fridge. Simply pour into your favorite to-go cup and head out the door.
Its bold, strong punch packs a ton of flavor without fear of being watered down by your favorite add-ins.
Can You Make Cold Brew Coffee At Home?
Yes! Brewing at home became a necessity during the pandemic, with people wanting their favorite coffees but not having a safe way to get them. Enter Cold Brew.
The simple brew process allowed for at-home “baristas” to achieve the perfect, refreshing cup. Setting up the process before you go to bed and waking up to a nice, strong cup over ice in the morning proved to pay off.
The ability to brew in larger batches also proved strong, allowing coffee fanatics to wake up to multiple cups ready and stable for a few days.
Want to give it a try? Check out our full guide on making cold brew coffee at home.
What Beans Are Best For Cold Brew?
We’re so glad you asked! We received this question so many times that we decided to take the same grind ratio and blends that go into the wildly popular cold brews we serve in our cafes, and sell them bagged for home brewers.
Below are our three flagship Cold Brew Grinds coffees:
Wake up your luck (and tastebuds) with our morning blend Cold Brew coffee. This light bodied, smooth cup is a two-bean blend of Central and South American coffees. Once you’re sipping, you may also notice subtle notes of chocolate and nuts.
Shop Now: Sunrise Cold Brew Grinds
The name says it all. This complex blend of coffee beans from across the world is one of our Roaster’s favorites. When brewed for Cold Brew, you’ll notice flavor notes of chocolate paired with a citrus acidity. This is the perfect coffee if you’re looking for a full-bodied cup.
Shop Now: Roaster's Choice Cold Brew Grinds
This is the same coffee that you already know and love. The dynamic duo of chocolate and caramel pair perfectly chilled. Some would even say that this is our best flavored coffee.
Shop Now: Goat Tracks Cold Brew Grinds
Cold Brew Coffee FAQ
Does Cold Brew Have More Caffeine That Regular Coffee?
On a per volume basis, no confirmed studies have indicated that cold brew coffees have any difference in caffeine levels from their hot brewed counterparts. However, because many people make cold brews with a high coffee-to-water ratio, they are often perceived as having more caffeine than hot brewed coffees.
Does Cold Brew Coffee Have Less Acid?
The cold brew method does result in a less acidic brew that is smooth, refreshing, and gentle on your stomach.
How Long Does Cold Brew Coffee Keep?
Cold brew coffee made at home will last 2-3 days but our cold brew gallons, kegs, and concentrates sold in our cafes will last up to a month when stored properly.
Whether made at home or enjoyed in on of our cafes, cold brew coffee is a delicious treat that is well worth the extra time that it takes to brew.
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