There is no better way to start the day than with a hot cup of coffee. It’s not just the caffeine and the flavor, but the enticing aroma is an essential part of my morning routine. As a coffee lover, I’m sure you can agree!
While my morning brew will always be hot, I like to mix things up. This means rotating between my auto-drip, French press, espresso maker, and Chemex. I have two French Presses, one for brewing a cup or two—and a 50-ounce press for cold brew.
Why Try Different Brewing Methods?
Time is tight in the morning, so during the week my auto-drip with built-in grinder never disappoints. To mix things up I am always trying different coffee beans. At the moment I am currently drinking Nicaragua which has a mild cocoa flavor with floral and citrus notes.
On the weekends or when I have a bit more time, I like to experiment with different brewing methods. I almost always try coffee first in my auto-drip, then compare the difference in the flavor profile when I brew it in my French press, Chemex, or as a cold brew. It never fails, with each brewing method the aromatic notes and flavor profile is similar, but unique. For example, cold brew tends to be a bit bolder in flavor and less bitter and acidic.
With some brewing methods, I love the flavor transition so much I keep it black and sometimes I personalize it with milk, cinnamon, mint, or maybe a liquor for the occasional nightcap.
French Press Cold Brew
Cold brew is a refreshing treat all year long, but it’s almost always in my fridge during the summer months. While you can invest in cold brew systems, I keep things simple by using my French press to cold brew. Yes, you’ll have to brew it at least the night before—but I promise it’s worth the wait!
Here’s what you’ll need:
• French press
• Medium or dark roast coffee beans
• Cold water
Step 1—You can experiment with the ratio of coffee to water but start with 3/4 cup coarse ground beans per 4 cups of water. You can cold brew any coffee beans, but light is usually too mild, so medium or dark is best. To keep things simple Sunset Bean Company has a signature Cold Brew Blend of dark French roast.
Step 2—Place the coffee grounds into the French press and add enough water to cover the beans and stir. Slowly add the rest of the water while stirring.
Step 3—Add the top, but don’t plunge yet.
Step 4—Place in the refrigerator for anywhere from 12 to 24 hours.
Step 5—Plunge and pour your cold brew concentrate into a pitcher.
Step 6—Place ice in a glass and fill it 1/2 to 3/4 of the way with coffee, then add water to taste.
Step 7—Add milk and your favorite garnish or add-in
I typically brew the night before so that I can enjoy iced coffee the next day for breakfast or as a refreshing afternoon treat. Drink each batch within 2 to 3 days of brewing.