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Make cold brew coffee with our New 100% Kona Hawaiian medium coffee

This summer, enjoy a delicious and different way to make coffee: a cold brew coffee using one of our newest family members: 100% Kona Hawaiian medium coffee. For the best glass, the recommended Cold Brew Coffee Ratio is explained, so you can choose to enjoy your coffee on ice, heated, or as a latte. Find helpful tips explaining how to make cold brew coffee so you end up with the perfect brew every time.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLD BREW & ICED COFFEE?

  • Cold Brew is slowly brewed in cold or room temperature water, rather than being quickly brewed with hot water.
  • Cold brew is higher in caffeine – cold brew contains 100-200 mg of caffeine, compared to about 95 mg of caffeine in a traditional cup of coffee.
  • Regular coffee only tastes fresh on the day it’s made, whereas cold brew coffee stays fresh for 5-7 days when refrigerated.

HOW TO MAKE KONA GOLD MEDIUM COLD BREW COFFEE

It’s very easy to make, so have it on hand when your coffee cravings hit. Kona gold medium cold brew is different from iced coffee. Iced coffee is simply brewed coffee that has been cooled, and then poured over ice. Cold brew coffee is slowly brewed in cold water, which results in a smoother brew. While iced coffee needs to be brewed fresh, cold brew coffee tastes great for a week if refrigerated.

TOOLS TO MAKE THE BEST COLD BREW

The set up for cold brew is inexpensive, and they are things you might already have on hand.

  • 1: BURR GRINDER
    To make the perfectly ground beans, I recommend using a quality Burr Grinder. A Burr Grinder is the best way to grind beans at a consistent size. It will allow you to change the size of grind, so you can use it for coarse ground beans, like for French Press coffee and cold brew coffee, but it also will do finely ground beans for espresso and mid-size grounds for regular drip coffee.
  • 2: A SCALE
    The key to having the best tasting cold brew every time? Weighing your beans!
  • 3: A FRENCH PRESS
    You don’t have to use a French Press for cold brew, but if you make it often, we highly recommend it. It’s less messy and makes the process easier than using a jar and a cheesecloth (cleaning coffee grounds out of cheesecloth is not fun!). If you make it often, it ends up being cheaper because you can reuse it for a long time.

HOW TO MAKE COLD BREW COFFEE

There are two simple ways to cold brew coffee.

FRENCH PRESS METHOD

  • 1. Coarsely grind coffee beans in a coffee grinder. It’s best to use a Burr Grinder, which allows you to select the coarseness of the grounds and produces evenly sized coffee grounds. This means they will brew equally. The beans should be much more coarse than typical coffee grinds.
  • 2. Add coarsely ground Kona Gold Medium coffee beans to a French press, and add room temperature water. Use a long handled spoon to press the beans down into the water, and then allow to “brew” at room temperature for about 12 hours. If you know you won’t get to the coffee for more than 24 hours, it’s okay: Allow the cold brew to steep in the refrigerator to slow down the brewing process.
  • 3. Press the handle down on the French press to filter out the coffee grinds, and pour coffee over ice to enjoy. Alternatively, pour coffee into a jar, and refrigerate it for up to a week.

MASON JAR COLD BREW METHOD

  • To prepare cold brew coffee in a mason jar, coarsely Kona Gold Medium Coffee Beans in a coffee grinder. It’s best to use a Burr Grinder, which allows you to select the coarseness of the grounds and produces evenly sized coffee grounds. The beans should be much more coarse than typical coffee grinds. I like to see some beans still partially intact.
  • Add coarsely Kona Gold Medium coffee to a mason jar, and then add room temperature water. Use a long handled spoon to press the beans down into the water, and then allow to “brew” at room temperature for about 12 hours. If you know you won’t get to the coffee for more like 24 hours, it’s okay. Allow the cold brew to steep in the refrigerator to slow down the brewing process.
  • Use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to filter out coffee grounds, then pour cold brew coffee over ice to enjoy.

HOW LONG SHOULD COLD BREW STEEP?

Regardless of what method you choose, cold brew steps for the same amount of time. Steep cold brew between 16-24 hours. If you need to leave cold brew steeping longer, for example if you’re gone for a day, refrigerate the cold brew while it’s steeping to slow down the process, and allow it to steep for 48 hours.

COLD BREW COFFEE RATIO

Cold brew coffee requires twice the amount of Kona Gold Medium coffee as in typical drip brew. The cold brew coffee ratio also changes depending on how you’d like to use it.

  • Cold Brew to Pour over Ice: use 1 ounce of Kona Gold Medium coffee beans per 1 cup of water. This is the most common cold brew coffee ratio.
  • Cold Brew to Reheat and Enjoy Hot: Prepare cold brew as above, with 1 cup of water per 1 ounce of Kona Gold Medium beans, and then add hot water to taste. To make a weaker brew, add 2 parts cold brew coffee to 1 part hot water. For a stronger brew, use a 4:1 ratio.
  • Cold Brew Concentrate for Iced Lattes: use 3 ounces Kona Gold Medium coffee beans per 2.5 cups of water. To prepare extra brew to keep on hand for the week, use 6 ounces of Kona Gold Medium coffee to 5 cups of water.

*3 ounces of Kona Gold Medium coffee beans is a heaping cup full of whole beans.

Kona Gold Medium Coffee Water
Iced Cold Brew Ratio 3 ounces 3 cups
Hot Cold Brew Ratio 3 ounces 3 cups(add hot water to taste)
Cold Brew Concentrate (for lattes) 3 ounces 2.5 cups water

 

COLD BREW RATIO IN GRAMS

  • Cold Brew to Pour over Ice: use 28 grams of Kona Gold Medium coffee beans per 1 cup of water (or 85 grams per 3 cups). This is the most common cold brew coffee ratio.
  • Cold Brew to Reheat and Enjoy Hot: Prepare cold brew as above, with 1 cup of water per 28 grams of Kona Gold Medium coffee beans, and then add hot water to taste. 
  • Cold Brew Concentrate Ratio for Iced Lattes: use 85 grams of Kona Gold Medium coffee beans per 2.5 cups of water. To prepare extra brew to keep on hand for the week, use 170 grams of coffee to 5 cups of water.

COLD BREW CONCENTRATE

Cold brew concentrate is great to make if you’re looking to use coffee as a substitute for espresso in a recipe.

It’s also a great option if you’d like to enjoy a homemade latte.

COLD BREW COFFEE DRINKS

  1. Caramel Mocha Iced Coffee Concentrate
  2. Coconut Mint Iced Mochas
  3. Vegan Vanilla Iced Coffees (with cashew milk)
  4. The Best Vanilla Almond Lattes (these can be enjoyed hot or cold, but it’s best to start with a cold brew concentrate)

COLD BREW FAQ

IS COLD BREW STRONGER THAN REGULAR COFFEE?

Yes, cold brew is stronger than regular coffee. The long brewing time allows more of the coffee to be extracted into the water, resulting in a strong coffee that is higher in caffeine than regular coffee. This makes it perfect for pouring over ice without diluting the flavor.

CAN COLD BREW COFFEE BE HEATED UP?

Yes, cold brew coffee is great heated. Simply microwave or heat in a small saucepan, and then dilute with hot water. The ratio for hot coffee is between 2-4 parts cold brew to 1 part hot water (1 cup cold brew to 1/2 cup water, or 1 cup cold brew to 1/4 cup hot water, depending on desired strength).

HOW LONG TO COLD BREW COFFEE?

At room temperature, cold brew takes 12 hours. If you won’t get to it until 24 hours, slow down the brewing process by leaving it in the refrigerator. If you’d like to enjoy it sooner than 12 hours, begin with hot (not boiling) water, and leave it for 3-6 hours.

What grind for cold brew coffee?

Cold brew coffee works best with coarsely Kona Gold Medium ground coffee. You should still see partial beans in the coffee. This is for 2 reasons — 1, because coffee that is too finely ground will result in a silty coffee after straining, and 2 because the smaller grind will cause over extraction, leading to overly strong and bitter coffee.