Wake up, coffee lovers! Have you tried the cold brew trend? The first evidence of true cold-brewed coffee, made with cold water, comes from Japan. Kyoto-style coffee, named for its popularity in Kyoto, Japan, is the earliest record of cold-brew coffee. It's clear that the Japanese were brewing coffee this way in the 1600s, although the record prior to that is unclear. Big brands like Starbucks® and Dunkin’ Donuts® are now offering this small-batch, artisan-style coffee. Market research reports indicate cold brew sales have grown 300% in the U.S. since 2010. But you don’t have to head to your drive-thru or even the grocery store to get your cold caffeine fix.
The basic cold-brew coffee recipe is simple: grind the coffee coarsely (at home or wherever you buy the beans), and combine 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee with 40 fl. oz. of cold water in the Cold Brew Pitcher. Then, let it steep overnight (18–24 hours). The coffee will infuse the water, creating a strong, concentrated brew. Strain it in the morning, and you’re done!
The result is a smoother, sweeter, less acidic cup of coffee that’s totally in your control. Dilute it with ice or more water to get your perfect caffeine dose. The cold brew pitcher above is available via Pampered Chef. I have to admit my first experience with cold brew coffee was a more richer, smoother tasting and less bitter tasting coffee.