Summers are finally here. It is the season of juicy fruits, lip-smacking ice creams, chilling scenes at home, goofing around the house, and spending leisure time with your family. Being a coffee lover, there’s not a single time when we say no to our favorite drink, but in summers, we crave something cool and refreshing rather than a piping hot beverage.
Be it any season, we prefer a soothing mug of decaf cold brew. Its rich and smooth texture, lower caffeine content, and a dash of freshness uplift our mood and make us feel more energized and focused on everything.
Let us help you craft a wholesome cup of decaf cold brew coffee and beat the season’s heat with its punch of novelty but before that, let’s explore what type of coffee you need to craft such a cuppa.
Coffee For Decaf Cold Brew
- 30 days old whole bean coffee: To get the fresh feel and kick-start your morning with aromatic flavors and wholesome taste, go for whole bean coffee. Ensure that they are at least 30 days old to enjoy each sip of the drink.
- Go for dark roast: Dark roast coffee gives a strong essence to the beverage. If you’re a person who likes their coffee hard, go for a dark roast. Light roast is not fit for decaf cold brew coffee. If you would like to find out which coffee is best for cold brew then you can look for one of these best brands.
- A big no to ground coffee: Decaf cold brew needs coarse grind coffee. Go for whole beans and grind them at your place. Coarse grind gives a smooth texture to your decaf cold brew coffee.
Making Decaf Cold Brew Coffee
Before you learn how to craft a perfect cuppa, let’s get one thing clear. We all know that quality plays a huge role in almost everything in our life, right? The same goes for your coffee. Ensure you buy good quality coffee from a good roaster. Fresh beans and the roasting method are crucial when you plan to brew a decaf cold brew coffee.
STEP 1: Grind The Beans
The first step is to grind your coffee. A decaf cold brew coffee requires coarse ground coffee. Don’t fine ground and make it a powder. Keep the ground a bit textured to enjoy the flavor.
STEP 2: Steep it in the water
Once you grind your coffee, now it’s time that you keep it in a vessel and maintain the coffee-water ratio. Use a higher coffee to water ratio for this one. Stir the mixture well to ensure that all the coffee grounds are wet.
STEP 3: Wait
Let the water absorb all the flavors for good 12-16 hours. If you’re a fan of a hard coffee, let them sit for 24-48 hours.
STEP 4: Straining
Now it’s time that you separate the grounds from the water. You can use a french press or any regular strainer for this.
STEP 5: Filtering
Even if you’ve separated the coffee grounds from the water, there are chances of some fine particles resting well inside the water that can make your coffee bitter in taste. Use a clean paper filter to remove them to enjoy a surreal taste.
STEP 6: Add Flavors Of Your Choice
You can have this with some ice cubes, but we believe that there’s no fun without some interesting flavors. We prefer mixing heavy cream and vanilla extract and ice cubes with the coffee concentration. The way that creamy delight tickles the taste buds is amazing.
The Recipe At a Glance
- 1 cup dark roast decaf coffee (coarse grind)
- 2-3 cups of water
- Cold Brew pitcher or any container.
- Add coarse coffee into the bottom of your container and pour in water.
- Give it a mild stir to ensure that the coffee is completely wet.
- Cover the container with a lid and place it in the refrigerator. Let the coffee steep for 12-24 hours. Note that the longer your coffee stays in the water, the more you’ll enjoy its taste.
- After 12-24 hrs, take out the container and strain the solution using a strainer or a coffee filter.
- Once you’ve separated the coffee and the water, pour milk or heavy cream into the solution, throw in some sugar if you like and voila! your drink is ready.
Some Lip-Smacking Ideas:
Coffee is a versatile drink that lends itself to be adapted in any number of ways. If you’re someone who loves to experiment and holds a wide palette of tastes, then you can experiment in various ways.
You can dunk your favorite cookies in cold/hot coffee. You can have it with cake. If you are in a bold mood, add a dash of ice cream to your cold coffee. Wait for it to melt and the gooey, icy goodness to seep into the coffee, giving a twist to the taste. Adding a few drops of artificial flavors helps to give it a subtle hint of a different indulgence altogether.
- If you don’t like ice cubes weakening your coffee, take out an empty ice tray, pour in some coffee, and let it freeze. Use coffee cubes instead of ice and enjoy your beverage.
- If you’re a fitness freak and want to add a dash of nutritional value, throw in your coffee and a scoop of protein shake into a blender and blend it. It will surely make you feel gratified and give you a chance to taste a heavenly drink.
- If you’ve brewed extra coffee, don’t forget to keep it in the refrigerator. Leaving the concentration at room temperature can cause bacterial growth and make it stale.
We simply love when we find a way to cater to our craving without burning a hole in our pocket and not compromising a bit on the quality. For coffee lovers, coffee is something without which they cannot even imagine starting the day. A freshly brewed cuppa can refresh you, charge you up, and keeps you focused throughout the day.
Try this super easy recipe and enjoy your beverage whenever and wherever you want. Have a lovely day ahead.