Silver Bridge Coffee’s cold brew blend might sound like a seasonal coffee, but don’t be surprised if you start drinking cold brew year-round after trying this blend of beans! We’ve carefully selected and roasted this coffee specifically to be brewed cold. It’s clean, bright and refreshing. It’s the perfect at-home coffee solution for cold brew beginners and experts alike. We’ve even put instructions on the back of the bag to make it super simple.
Silver Bridge Coffee Cold Brew blend has been blended to give you a naturally sweet, full-bodied, smooth cup of cold brew. Our Sumatra single-origin coffee beans to give you that rich body that will shine through even when you add cream. Our sustainably-sourced Peru coffee beans add a natural sweetness without the help of cream or sugar. Finally a rich, nutty Guatemala rounds out the group, giving the balance needed for the perfect cup of cold brew.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
The term “cold brew” refers to process by which the coffee is prepared, not the temperature of the final product. Cold brew coffee beans can come from any growing region and be a single origin coffee or a blend of coffee from several different growing regions. It’s all in how the coffee is made:
Cold brewed coffee beans are coarsely ground and placed in room-temperature water for at least 12 hours. Soaking the coffee beans in room-temperature water for 12-16 hours results in a smooth, less acidic, highly-caffeinated concentrate that can be served hot or cold.
Cold brew coffee also has about half the acidity of warm brewed coffees. According to a study done by Toddy, cold brewed coffee is 67% less acidic. Many coffee lovers find cold brew to be easier on their stomachs, and studies suggest that this lack of acidity produces less stains on your teeth.
Why do people love Silver Bridge Coffee’s Cold Brew Blend?
Many people prefer cold brew coffee because they feel this brewing method maximizes the taste with less bitterness. Coffee is complex; it contains hundreds of different compounds. As with any compound, the molecules extract at different rates and at different temperatures. Some molecules are drawn out at both hot and cold temperatures, like caffeine, while others only become part of the coffee solution when brewed at high temperatures.
The ideal brewing temperature for hot coffee is 195-205°F. If you lower that temperature even 20 degrees it will affect the flavor and intensity of your hot coffee. As you alter the brewing temperature, you definitely alter the taste of the final product.
The extra-long brewing time in the cold brew process allows more of the coffee flavor to enter the water. We’re not downplaying the beauty of a steaming hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning, but there are distinct differences in the flavors extracted from a hot or cold brewing method.
How do I brew Cold Brew Coffee?
You don’t have to invest in a “system” to make cold brew at home. You can literally use a quart jar on the counter. However, there are many systems on the market that are less messy and “easier”, and really affordable. Toddy is the most well-known, but there are countless others. You can purchase a Toddy System by visiting www.toddycafe.com.
But if you don’t want to spend money or don’t have the cupboard space for another gadget, you can use your French press to make a cold brew. Is there any kind of coffee a French press isn’t good for? Nope. In fact, you’ll notice that most cold brew containers you’ll find online are basically a redesigned French press. Nobody reinvented the coffee wheel here.
On to brewing our Cold Brew Blend. It’s a simple recipe, and you can adjust according to your taste:
- Ratio: ¾ cup ground coffee to 3 cups of water
- Mix together and let stand for 12-16 hours
- Gently plunge it down
And that’s it! You have a delicious cold brew concentrate to enjoy. The general rule is to add to water or milk in 3:1 ratio. But this is just a guideline. You may enjoy it diluted half water and half concentrate. The recipe for cold brew coffee is on the back label of Silver Bridge Cold Brew coffee beans blend.
How long can I store Cold Brew concentrate?
Cold brew coffee concentrate can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and enjoyed black or with added ingredients. Many people choose to drink it black, but if you want added sweetness, it is best to add a syrup from the grocery store or local coffee shop; granulated sugars don’t easily dissolve in cold liquid.
If your concentrate is getting older, you can freeze the concentrate in ice cube trays. Once well-frozen, take out and store in gallon bags. It is great to use these cubes to make coffee smoothies or milk shakes. You can always use these cubes in cups of cold brew so that your coffee doesn’t get watered down by regular ice.