So, you're here to learn more about how to make your own cold brew, correct? Then it's probably safe to assume that you've had a cold brew or two already. Most likely at a coffee shop or as a guest in someone else's home barista spot. After all, cold brew coffee is quite literally sweeping the nation. Granted, it's been around for a long time, but it's risen in popularity quite significantly in the last few years. More than just a trend though, cold brew coffee is actually delicious and refreshing, especially on a hot summer day. And it has numerous benefits too!
Benefits of Drinking Cold Brew Coffee
- The slow release of caffeine hitting your system makes for a gently wake up and zero crash despite the higher levels of caffeine.
- The taste is mellow and less acidic than hot or even iced coffee.
- Because it's less acidic, it's gentler on the stomach and on the enamel of your teeth.
- Long-lasting! When properly brewed, cold brew coffee can last up to ten days.
- Because it's long-lasting, your busy mornings are made simpler. Just pour and go!
- Use it in recipes! Things like cakes and other sweet treats! In fact, there're tons of recipes that out there that use cold brew coffee.
- Cold-brew coffee can even be heated up if you want to change up your morning routine.
Want to know more about cold brew coffee and how to make it properly at home? Check out our article on How to Make a Cold Brew Coffee HERE.
However, before you get started on how to make yourself a cold brew, you must first know what type of coffee to use. Are all coffee beans created equal? No. What about the type of grinds? Coarse? Fine? There's actually quite a bit of information worth knowing before you start brewing. So, let's dive in and learn what we need to know!
Whether you plan to buy pre-ground beans or you prefer to grind them yourself, the type of grind will matter. A coarse grind is what is actually preferable for a cold brew coffee. This is because a fine ground will produce a harsher and more bitter flavour as a result of being over-extracted. This becomes even more important if you are using the slow drip method. Coarser grinds begin to drip faster while finer ones and become too thick and dense and also restrict the flow of water.
Dark or Light Roasts?
This one is a matter of personal preference, so experiment and see which one you enjoy the most! Just don't assume that your choice in hot coffee will be the same when it comes to cold. Often, it's quite the opposite!
Single-Origin or a Blend?
This one is an easy answer, a single-origin all the way. Cold brewing allows for a subtler flavour to come through, and this works best with a single-origin bean. This is because of the absence of bitterness and acidity in the cold brew process. In a hot coffee or espresso, a blend makes more sense, but not for the cold brew. Need to know about the best way to choose your coffee beans? At Hang Loose, we only use pure 100% Arabica Coffee Beans. Read this article HERE on Arabica coffee beans to learn more about the benefits of using this type of coffee bean.
Also, a matter of personal taste, however, most baristas, both professionals and homebrewers, will recommend that you drink a cold brew black. The flavours are already so subtle that mixing the drink with dairy will dilute it even further. Having said that, many cold brew recipes do include dairy. So, try it out and see what you enjoy best.
If you're about to try cold brewing, then let us suggest that you start off with our very own brew from Hang Loose. We have spent four years in research and development intending to create the most exceptional black coffee. And yes, we did say black. Our coffee is actually meant to be brewed black. Unlike other blends, it was our goal when creating our coffee for anyone and everyone, experts, and casual drinkers alike to enjoy our coffee black.
Our blend is perfect for cold brewing because of its smooth and delicious flavors. And this doesn't just come from us. Even casual coffee drinkers who had never previously tried black coffee did so with ours and became immediate fans! Our coffee comes from a single origin bean -100% pure Arabica beans, which is yet another reason why Hang Loose is a perfect cold brew coffee! And to top it off, there is no lingering aftertaste in Hang Loose coffee!
Fun Facts About Cold Brew Coffee
It's a strong brew! If you are a mild coffee drinker, make sure you know to expect a stronger drink when trying cold brew. Despite being strong, unlike other coffees, the taste is smooth and refreshing. It's even possible to taste the chocolate and fruity flavours of your beans because of the way it's brewed!
Even though many people drink it with ice alone, adding milk is still an option. Except, of course, if you're using Hang Loose! Then we recommend that you keep your coffee black. Try it, and we're sure you'll agree!
The water starts out cold, and it needs to steep for anywhere from ten to eighteen hours before it's ready to drink. This cold extraction is the reason it tastes so good though! This method actually brings out fewer of the coffee's bitter compounds resulting in a smooth and sweet flavour.
Grinding your own beans makes a better coffee. You'll need coarsely ground beans either ground at home or it can be done at the grocery store or coffee shop as well. It's never been easier to make your own cold brew at home!
Any type of beans will do! Well, sort of. You should only be considering Arabica first of all. They are the best coffee beans on the market. Again, yet another reason to stick to Hang Loose!
And when it comes to us encouraging you to drink your cold brew coffee black.
There's a reason for it.
In fact, here are 10 good reasons!
Top 10 Reasons to Drink Your Cold Brew Black
- PUTS YOU IN A PEAK MENTAL STATE
We know that the caffeine in coffee acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system. It literally wakes us up and makes us feel focused and alert. And it's not just an abstract feeling. Many studies have shown that, depending on level of intake, caffeine can help to improve mental performance, especially on alertness, attention and concentration. Does this happen with any coffee though? Well, yes and no. You can still feel the effects of the caffeine, even if you've loaded up your mug with sugar and dairy. What you might not know, though, is that you are also feeling the rush of sugar hitting your system. That rush feels great at the beginning, but there is the notorious sugar crash that follows soon after. With black coffee, though… no crash at all, just an excellent energetic high.
- HEIGHTENS ENERGY LEVELS
After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream. After which, it travels to your brain. Once there, the caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine. When this happens, the number of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons. Sounds complicated? It's actually quite simple. All this means is that your brain is getting fired up just as if you were plugging it into an electrical outlet. Black coffee is the perfect way to make this incredible recharge happen!
- CAN MAKE YOU HAPPIER AND HELP FIGHT MILD DEPRESSION
Along with caffeine's natural antioxidant properties, coffee acts as an anti-inflammatory in the affected parts of the brain. This has the potential to relieve some of the discomfort and distress caused by depression, which has been proven to be directly related to inflammation.
- HELPS OBTAIN A PEAK PHYSICAL STATE
Thanks to a cup of black coffee, you can get there. Also, the peak stimulant effect of coffee occurs thirty to sixty minutes after drinking a cup. Once caffeine enters our bloodstream, several responses begin to happen in our bodies. Blood pressure and heart rate increase, fat is broken down, and fatty acids are released into the bloodstream. That's why we typically feel energetic and ready for a great workout. Even when ingested after a workout, coffee helps to cut post-workout pain caused by lactic acid. Another benefit of drinking black coffee is that it becomes easier to consume fewer calories during the day. This is due to the compounds and caffeine in the coffee that suppresses the appetite.
- CONTAINS ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS
Coffee beans contain several vital nutrients, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, and several micronutrients, most important potassium, magnesium, and niacin. These are crucial nutrients that the human body needs to function at high levels.
- HUGE SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants have also been thought to fight obesity and aid in losing weight as well as helping overall eye health. In short, antioxidants and specifically those found in coffee beans are naturals chemicals that fight to maintain overall physical health.
- MAY LOWER RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
How do these antioxidants work to prevent or lower the risk of these diseases? Well, let's start with diabetes. It has been proven that there's a bioactive compound present in coffee that increases insulin secretion and reduces fasting glucose levels. Again, this is about black coffee only. Because once you load up your cup with dairy and sugar, all the health benefits that lower your risks, suddenly increase them again.
- POTENTIAL TO LOWER RISKS OF CANCER
Coffee is brewed from beans that contain antioxidants. Which, as we discussed in one of our previous points, fight free radicals and is therefore thought to have a protective effect against cancer. Fighting cancer is the ultimate battle of good versus evil cells going to war inside the body. If the good, healthy cells have more antioxidants on their side, they have a much strong fighting chance at protecting their territory and helping it to heal if those breaches are indeed broken.
- MAY LOWER RISKS OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE
Strokes and heart disease are just as common but are sometimes less emphasized diseases as compared to cancer. This does not mean they should be forgotten. Years ago, coffee was once said to increase blood pressure, increase cholesterol levels, and increase the risk of heart attacks. However, more recent and subsequently, more accurate studies have suggested that black coffee probably does not increase the risk of heart disease. In some cases, it may even be beneficial. Why? This is because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- PROTECTS AGAINST DENTAL DISEASE
New studies suggest that drinking black coffee helps protect your teeth from cavities and other forms of periodontal disease. According to one study, those who drink an average of three cups of black coffee may have fewer cavities than people who don't drink any coffee at all! Scientists found that coffee with high-quality caffeine content actually destroys the bacteria, which causes dental plaque.
Making a cold brew is a great way to have a refreshing caffeine hit on a hot summer morning. It's also super trendy and a straightforward way to start drinking your coffee black. Hang Loose is proud to produce a coffee blend that makes an incredible cold brew coffee. If you have never had your coffee black before then, a Hang Loose black cold brew is a great place to start!