It’s cold brew season! For some, cold brew season is year round. It’s everywhere these days– you can find it bottled in supermarkets, brewed at every coffee shop, and even sold as concentrates at small food truck vendors and independent retailers. This smooth coffee concoction is known for being less acidic than hot brewed coffee and offers a unique flavor profile that requires a “set it and forget it” approach to brewing. At Nguyen Coffee Supply,any three of our coffees can be cold brewed, each offering a distinctly unique experience! If you prefer a bold and nutty brew, use Truegrit. If you prefer a sweet and smooth brew, use Moxy. If you prefer a perfect balance of both, use Loyalty.
What is cold brew?
Cold brew is coffee that is extracted via the combination of coffee grounds, room temperature or cold water, and time. As opposed to hot coffee, cold brew takes 12-18 hours to make, but the results are starkly different.
Cold brew coffee is less acidic than coffee brewed with hot water, making it a hit with those who have sensitive stomachs or experience bad acid reflux (depending on the person).
One great thing about cold brew is that you can make it in advance and in batches, so it's perfect for those with busy lifestyles . Cold brew lasts up to 10 days in the fridge and can be diluted and used in most coffee drink recipes (including ours).
How do I make cold brew with Vietnamese coffee?
To make cold brew with Vietnamese coffee, you will need:
- Vietnamese coffee (coarse grind - think big salt crystals)
- A scale or tablespoon
- A container to hold the cold brew – a large mason jar, recycled container, a pitcher, whatever you have on hand!
Some notes before making cold brew with Vietnamese coffee:
- We recommend 1/2 cup of coffee grounds to 2.5 cups of water (that's a ratio of 1:5 for cold brew concentrate).
- Coarse grinds are necessary as finer ground coffee will over-extract and create an overly bitter cold brew.
- Feel free to adjust the coffee to water ratio depending on how weak or strong you want your cold brew to be.
- You can dilute your final product with water or milk as needed! Super versatile!
- Grind the Vietnamese coffee beans to a coarse grind.
- Add ground coffee into your container of choice.
- Add cold or room temperature distilled water.
- Steep for at least 12 hours in the fridge (we recommend doing 18+ hours).
- Strain the coffee concentrate using a filter or sieve.
- Enjoy however you like– black, with milk, sweetener, or however!
For cold brew made with our specialty Vietnamese coffee, we recommend drinking it black to appreciate the flavor notes of the coffee beans or with a touch of your favorite milk. Of course, there’s no right or wrong way to do it– play around and adjust to your liking! For those looking for a smooth coffee drinking experience, making cold brew with Vietnamese coffee is the perfect answer and you will find that it tastes different to how it would if you brewed it with hot water! Our coffee beans are super versatile and can provide a wide range of delicious experiences!