No matter what time of day, you’ll always find a fresh carafe full of hot coffee at the Zavida roastery. Most of us start our day with a steaming cup and go back for seconds, thirds, and even fourths (we’re looking at you IT guy). But once the temperature rises and the summer sun comes out, something different fuels our day and keeps us going till it’s time to clock out: cold brew coffee. As far as we’re concerned, this is the best method to create a chilled version of your perfect daily cup – or two – of java.
Too often, traditional iced coffees can taste watered down or bitter. Cold brew solves both those problems. By steeping coarsely ground coffee in room temperature or cold water for several hours or even overnight, you create a deep, rich coffee concentrate that can last up to two weeks. The slower “brew” time results in a clean, smooth taste. Simply dilute the concentrate with water or your choice of milk/cream (or both) and enjoy.
Any coffee can be used to make cold brew but there are some fan favorites among our team. Charles’ Private Stock is a winner by a landslide and is the most requested cold brew variety at the office. For flavored, our go to is Irish Cream since the cold brew enhances the coffee’s rich chocolate notes.
We use the Toddy Cold Brew System at the office, but you can easily make your own cold brew at home with no special equipment. Follow the instructions below and get ready to enjoy refreshing, café style cold brew in your own back yard. And if you’re in the downtown Toronto area, stop by our café and try our house-made organic cold brew. You can even take a ready-to-drink bottle home to enjoy later.
-Combine ¾ cup of coarsely ground coffee (we always recommend grinding fresh right before you brew) with 4 cups of fresh, cold water in a bottle or jar.
-Stir to ensure all grounds are soaked.
-Steep at least 12 hours or overnight.
-Strain the coffee using a cheesecloth-lined strainer. You’ve got cold brew!
-Store the concentrate in an air-tight container for up to two weeks in the fridge.
-Dilute to suit your taste (we recommend 1 part cold brew concentrate to 3 parts water/dairy) and enjoy!