Make your own cold brew coffee in minutes for a cool caffeine kick
Cold coffee is better than its reputation, at least when it comes to cold brew coffee. The easy-to-make caffeine bomb for hot days tastes good straight from the fridge.
If you want to start the day with a cup of cold brew coffee, you should prepare the drink in the evening. Because unlike filter coffee, it's actually prepared with cold water – and should steep for 4 to 12 hours.
Cold brew tastes somewhat milder than conventional filter coffee: Because it's not brewed with hot water, not as many bitter substances and acids are released from the ground coffee.
In addition, due to the long brewing time, cold brew has a slightly higher caffeine content than its hot counterpart. All you need to make it is coarsely ground coffee, a coffee filter and a carafe.
It's easy to make: For a cup of cold brew, add 20g to 25g of ground coffee to 250ml of cold water. Stir the mixture well and cover. If you want to enjoy your coffee really cold, you can put the cold brew in the fridge to brew. Here, however, it should rest a little longer than at room temperature, between twelve and 24 hours.
After the brew, the coffee can be filtered - and then enjoyed black or with milk. For those who like to experiment, the German Coffee Association has a suggestion: make your cold brew a little funkier with some fruit juice. For something a little stronger, it also tastes great in a gin and tonic. – dpa