What is cold brew?

Cold brew is the method of brewing cofee without heat. One of the most common methods involves steeping (soaking) ground coffee in room-temprerature water for about 8 to 12 hours to obtain a concentrated essence. This essence is then diluted with ice water, and left in the refrigerator for at least a few hours until it’s ready to be served. Alternatively, ground coffee is steeped using cold water and ice cubes. 

Do you add add ice before drinking it?

Unlike iced coffee, which is hot coffee chilled with ice cubes, cold brew is the diluted essence of the coffee, refrigerated for a few hours before being served. This helps to preserve its flavours. In contrast, the rapid cooling of hot coffee through the addition of ice produces a bitter taste. 

What’s the difference between cold brew and normal coffee?

Compared with its hot counterparts, cold brew coffee is usually described as having more fruity and floral profile. it’s also smoother and less acidic. 

Can you make cold brew coffee at home?

All you need is freshly ground coffee and filtered water. A popular brew ratio is 100g of coffee to every 500g of water. Let the coffee steep for 12 hours, after which you should filter out the grounds with paper or cloth filters. 

Here are 5 places you should check out that serve cold brew coffee

1. Common Man Coffee Rosters

#01-00, 22 Martin Road, tel: 6836-4695, www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com

2. Dapper Coffee

73 Amoy Street, tel: 82339810

3. Oriole Coffee + Bar

96 Somerset Road, tel: 62388348, www.oriole.com.sg

4.The Connoisseur Concerto
80 Middle Road, tel: 63366956, www.theconnoisseurconcerto.com

5. Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street, tel: 66367629

This story was first published in Her World Magazine, April Issue 2015.