Cold brew coffee is a phenomenon that has gripped the nation. It's much stronger than traditionally brewed coffee so it's better for many iced drinks. It also does well when diluted because of its natural strength. This, alongside its longer shelf-life (two weeks undiluted), makes cold brew coffee a great option for any coffee shop or at-home coffee station!
How to make Cold Brew Coffee
You can easily make cold brew by steeping, or soaking, coarsely ground coffee beans in cold water for 15-20 hours. The best ratio of coffee to water is 1 oz of coffee for every cup of water. After you've steeped it, you'll need to strain it slowly through cheesecloth. Your final product can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.
10 Cold Brew Coffee Drinks
Cold brew coffee is a much more concentrated version of traditional coffee. Because it's strong and smooth, it makes a myriad of delicious drinks. Here are some you can try out!
1. Iced Latte
An iced latte is a great way to introduce yourself to cold brew. It's simple but delicious. All you need to do is mix together 1/2 cup cold brew and 1/2 cup milk or sweet cream and pour it over ice. Try it in our high-quality PET plastic cups, your customers are sure to love it!
2. Cinnamon Honey Iced Latte
This is a fun way to have a sweeter coffee drink without the sugar! You can make it by dissolving honey in an equal amount of warm water. Add about 2 tablespoons of this honey simple syrup to a 1/2 cup cold brew mixed with 1/2 your milk of choice. Stir in about 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon. Pour it over ice. This is a sweet twist on a regular latte!
3. Toasted Coconut Coffee
This recipe adds a rich and playful sweetness to traditional cold brew. Before you steep your cold brew, mix in crumbled toasted coconut flakes to your ground coffee, about 1/2 an ounce of coconut per ounce of coffee. You can toast your own in a non-stick pan or buy them pre-toasted. Steep your coffee as normal and serve with equal parts cold brew and coconut milk over ice.
4. Warm Cold Brew
The title seems counter-intuitive but it's a great way to drink it! Cold brew coffee is much smoother and richer in flavor. It has the caffeine kick of traditional coffee without the bitterness. To heat up cold brew coffee, simply add coffee to an equal amount of hot water. It has the warmth and coziness of drip coffee without the acidity.
5. Sparkling Coffee
For fans of seltzer water, we have the perfect coffee for you! It's equal parts cold brew and sparkling water with an ounce of simple syrup and a garnish of mint leaves. This is a great summer coffee drink your customers are sure to love.
6. Rose and Cardamom Coffee
This is a new take on a traditional Indian drink. Make your cold brew as usual, add equal parts coffee and your milk of choice, an ounce of simple syrup and rose flavoring, and a teaspoon of crushed cardamom. This adds a fun and exotic twist to your traditional latte.
7. Cold Brew Float
You've heard of an affogato, or hot coffee over ice cream, now it's time to try it with cold brew! All you need to do is add a scoop of ice cream to the bottom of a clear plastic cup and pour 2 oz (1/4 cup) of undiluted cold brew over the top. It'll balance the intensely sweet ice cream with smooth coffee flavor.
8. Blend it Out
One of our favorite cold coffee tricks is using an ice cube tray. For this recipe, you'll need to mix your choice of milk with caramel sauce and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Once you have these frozen solid, add these to a 1/2 cup of cold brew and blend it until smooth. The frozen milk mixture will give your drink more flavor, rather than watering it down. Garnish the inside of your cup with caramel sauce and top with whipped cream. This will be a much stronger version of a traditional frappe.
9. Cold Brew Cookies and Cream
For those customers with a sweet tooth, here's a new sweet take on iced coffee. Start with your usual mix of cold brew and milk, add an ounce of cookies and cream sauce, and mix as usual. Garnish with whipped cream and an Oreo. This is sure to be a hit!
10. Boba Brew
Bubble tea is a fun new trend in the drink world. Try it with cold brew! Add 1/4 cup boba to 1/2 cup cold brew mixed with 1/2 cup milk. Your customers will love this new take on bubble tea.
Cold brew coffee is a great addition to every coffee shop. It's easy to make and store. If you add these drinks to your menu, they're sure to be a hit!
What's your favorite way to drink cold brew coffee? Tell us in the comments, we love hearing from you!