With the launch of Tupelo Honey, our cold brew blend, many customers have asked for the best way to utilize this blend of beans. While cold brew is certainly not new, many people still have not found a good way to incorporate it into their coffee routines. Cold brew is coffee that is typically brewed at room temperature for about 18-24 hours. There are a variety of ways to brew, we’ll share ours at the end of this post. Cold brew coffee offers a great tasting cup, smooth and sweet, with lower acidity than its hot brewed equivalent. Many people use cold brew coffee as a base for their iced coffee and iced latte, which makes perfect sense. In most cases, when you make cold brew, you are making a coffee concentrate. Meaning, you will always want to mix your concentrate with another liquid. This could be water and ice, for a simple iced coffee. Or, milk and maybe a simple syrup, for a tasty flavored iced latte. Either way, Tupelo Honey is delicious. Another way to enjoy this cold brew, hot! Yep, we take our delicious cold brew concentrate and add hot water. It makes a great cup of coffee that is easy on the stomach. We particularly like this method when we are trying to fit in a cup of coffee before a run or work out. It also makes early morning coffee making before work a breeze. If you are planning on making hot coffee with it, we recommend adding 1.5 cups of boiling water for every cup of concentrate. You can make a batch of cold brew concentrate that lasts about 2 weeks in the refrigerator. There are several different contraptions that are specifically designed to create cold brew coffee, however it can easily be done with your French press. Our instructions below come from personal experience, reading a couple dozen articles on cold brew, and our knowledge of Tupelo Honey. However, feel free to play around with it, see what works best for you. Check it out below…
Blackbird Cold Brew Instructions
Step 1 - Grind the coffee beans, we recommend a fine grind. Or have us grind them for you when you order.
Step 2 – Combine the coffee grounds and room temperature water in a French press. We use a 4-1 ratio for this, so if you are using one cup of coffee grounds, use four cups of water.
Step 3 – Stir the mixture. If it is going to be a full French press it might help to stir half way when adding the water.
Step 4 – Cover and place in a dark corner for 24 hours.
Step 5 – Using the French press plunger, plunge all the grounds to the bottom.
Step 6 – Pour the concentrate into the container of your choice. We like a glass container with lid.