National Cold Brew Day

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National Cold Brew Day

National Cold Brew Day is here, and it's time to celebrate!

Cold brew coffee has become an increasingly popular way to enjoy coffee, especially during the warmer months. With its smooth and rich flavor, it's no wonder why more and more people are turning to cold brew.

A bottle of fresh Compass Coffee cold brew.

Origins of Cold Brew

While cold brewing coffee has been around for centuries, it wasn't until the 1960s that it gained popularity in the United States. At the time, it was commonly known as "Toddy coffee" after the company that introduced it to the market. Toddy coffee was a concentrate that was mixed with hot water to make a cup of coffee.

Today, cold brew has evolved into a popular method of making coffee that involves steeping coffee grounds in cold water for an extended period. The result is a smooth and rich coffee that's less acidic than traditional hot coffee.

A barista holding a cup of Compass Coffee cold brew.

Benefits of Cold Brew

Cold brew offers several benefits that make it an attractive option for coffee lovers. For one, it has a lower acidity level than hot coffee, which makes it easier on the stomach. Cold brew also has a smoother and less bitter taste than hot coffee, making it a great option for those who find hot coffee too harsh.

Another benefit of cold brew is that it has a higher caffeine content than hot coffee. Since the coffee beans are steeped in cold water for an extended period, more caffeine is extracted, resulting in a stronger cup of coffee.

Finally, cold brew is an excellent option for those who enjoy iced coffee. Unlike traditional iced coffee, which is brewed hot and then chilled, cold brew doesn't get diluted when ice is added, making for a more flavorful and potent drink.

A fresh cup of cold brew photographed in front of a Compass Coffee cafe in Chinatown.

Making the Perfect Cold Brew at Home

Making cold brew at home is relatively easy and requires minimal equipment. Here's how to make the perfect cold brew:

  1. Grind your coffee beans to a coarse grind.

  2. Add your coffee grounds to a large container, such as a mason jar or French press.

  3. Pour cold water over the coffee grounds, making sure all of the grounds are fully submerged.

  4. Let the coffee steep in the water for 12-24 hours, depending on how strong you want the coffee to be.

  5. Strain the coffee through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.

  6. Dilute the coffee concentrate with water, milk, or your preferred beverage.

  7. Add ice and enjoy!

Whether you're a coffee aficionado or just looking for a new way to enjoy your daily caffeine fix, cold brew is a fantastic option. With its smooth and rich flavor, low acidity, and high caffeine content, it's no wonder why cold brew has become so popular. So, raise a glass to National Cold Brew Day and enjoy a delicious cup of cold brew!

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