Cold Brew: a cool idea for a hot day

Cold Brew: a cool idea for a hot day

If you are a coffee drinker, like me, you don't want to skip your daily dose--be it a cup or a pot. But a hot cup of coffee doesn't go down so easy when the temperature is flirting with the nineties.

So the answer is Cold Brew. Cold Brew is not new.

The Japanese call it Kyoto-style coffee, named for its popularity in Kyoto, Japan, and have been brewing it since the 1600's.

And although it's been around forever--cold brew really didn't take off in America until 2014.

Not to be confused with iced coffee that is just hot coffee poured over ice, cold brew has never been heated.

Cold Brew undergoes a process where the grounds steep or are infused in cold (preferably filtered) water for anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, then strained and poured into an ice filled glass.

Prepared properly, Cold Brew is not only refreshing but less acidic and bitter than hot coffee or iced coffee.

Even though you can purchase Cold Brew at Starbucks for around $3.65 a cup--or your at favorite third-wave coffee shop, there is a simple way to make it at home for a lot less money and almost no effort.coldbrew

It's called pods but not just any pods. I've tried the various well known pods on the market including Dunkin' and they just don't cut it for me.

Then I was given a six pack of Java House pods and now I'm hooked. The pods that came on the market in June 2018  use only two ingredients: 100% air roasted Arabica beans and cold water. 

The result a smooth, tasty drink characterized by notes of fruit, chocolate, and caramel.

In the morning I drink my coffee black but later in the day or the evening I mix things up.

With Java Pods it's easy. Just peel open the pod, pour over ice, add 8 oz. of water and nothing else for black.

For something different you can substitute whole milk, coconut milk, almond milk for the water and then add whatever flavorings you like from sugar to cinnamon for a sweet dessert-like treat.

The Authentic Cold Brew Process

JAVA HOUSE® Authentic Cold Brew Coffee uses time-honored, craftsman techniques and only two ingredients: 100% air roasted Arabica beans and cold water. The grounds are slowly steeped for 12 hours in cold water, a key to creating the smooth flavor. JAVA HOUSE® does not use any preservatives, coffee additives, coffee derivatives or reconstituted coffee.

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