Time To Join The Cold Brew Crew

by Tefal Team on 01 July 2019
  • It’s the latest way to enjoy a caffeine fix and a super refreshing drink for summer. But if you’re still quietly getting your head around the difference between a flat white and a latte, why would you want to go there?

    We’re not here to mess with your morning cup of joe, just to explain what all the fuss is about. And to let you know that it’s pretty darn simple to brew up at home.

  • Isn’t cold brew just normal coffee but cold?

    Not exactly. This isn’t hot coffee poured over ice – that’s iced coffee. To make cold brew you steep (that’s kitchen speak for soak in liquid) ground coffee beans in cold water for a while before straining and diluting it.

    It also tastes different to regular coffee. Brewing the beans in cold water instead of piping hot liquid does something to the flavour. It’s smoother, sweeter and less bitter.

    If you wanted to get geeky about it you’d say that it brings out the subtle characteristics of the bean. Here’s a fun experiment – try a regular cup of coffee made with the same beans to test out the taste theory. Or not. Whatever. Just trust us that it’s not the same taste as a hot cup of the good stuff.

  • Do try this at home

    You’ll see cold brew coffee chalked up on the menus of big name coffee chains and independent cafes. You can also buy it bottled at the supermarket. But – here’s the exciting bit – it’s actually pretty easy to make your own at home. And it’s cheaper too.

    No fancy equipment or hipster beard required. All you need is some ground coffee beans (more on this later), a large container with a lid and something to strain the liquid through. Oh, and a bit of patience ‘cause cold brew’s most certainly ain’t instant.

    Spoon the ground coffee into a sterilised container and top up with cold water. Use roughly 1oz of coffee for every cup of water. Give it a stir, put the lid on and then forget about it for 12 – 24 hours depending on how strong you want the end result. Strain the liquid through coffee filter paper or fine cloth to take out the grounds and – ta-da! – you just made cold brew.
    If you’re after a step-by-step guide for your first attempt, this recipe walks you through each stage. It’s got pictures and everything.

  • Cold brew’s done. What next?

    Once it’s ready, top up with water to dilute and enjoy. Serve over ice if you like it really chilled.

    Knock up a batch at the weekend and you’ll have delicious coffee waiting for you in the fridge come Monday morning (it’ll keep for up to 2 weeks) ready to pour into a travel mug before you head off.

    Don’t fancy a cold one? It tastes great heated up too. You can even pop some in a cocktail if you’re feeling wild.

    Give it a go – we guarantee it’s just the summer caffeine hit you’ve bean (ahem) looking for.

Travel Mugs

100% leakproof - for easy drinking on the go

Find out more
Recommended reading
  • TikTok Trends For Bake Off Glory
    Ready to get your GBBO game on? Worried about having a soggy bottom? Need ideas for a show-stopper? Read these brilliant TikTok baking hacks first…
    21 September 2021
  • 5 Reasons to Eat Organic
    Wondering if organic food is worth the hype and price? It's certainly good for the planet so take a look at these 5 reasons to give it a go…
    15 September 2021
  • That’s A Wrap Hack!
    Fold your way to delicious tortilla treats with this year’s game changing snack hack! Check out these recipes from easy pizzas to strawberry cheesecake!
    31 August 2021
  • 10 Tasty Veggie Poké-Style Bowls
    We’re bowling you over with our veggie poké dishes for National Vegetarian Week! From tahini topped to juicy jackfruit, we've got your flavours covered.
    13 May 2021
  • Tuck Into The Decade’s Biggest Food Trends
    The last decade has provided us with a huge host of fun new foods which are now a staple in many of our diets… here's a roundup of the top trends.
    20 December 2019
  • Ramen Rules! Your Guide To The Tastiest Noodles
    A hot steaming bowl of ramen is perfect for the cold weather so we have the low down on how to create your own tasty dish full of beautiful flavours.
    26 November 2019