MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,523 Location: Vancouver, BC Expertise: Professional
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Posted Sat Aug 6, 2011, 1:45am Subject: Re: Aeropress Cold Brew Coffee
Steve - only reason why I'm not replying is I have written a big opinion article about the whole cold / iced / slow brew coffee thing. Letting my plan out of the bag a bit here, but
- posting four cold coffee methods (two more to come - I have a stumble on the Vietnamese Coffee article, which is next) - once the four are posted, posting an op/ed piece on cold brew coffee and some current trends.
A lot of what you posted is actually stuff I write about in the op/ed piece.
My technique at work is to brew concentrate into the most massive mug in the community cupboard, using it as a heat sink to cool the brew substantially. I then pour it in my insulated cup (usually), then, and ice and dairy it as wished.
The reason we need to pre-heat our nice ceramic mugs is the same reason a cool one is great for prepping such brew for drinking cold!
The Coava is the best metal filter I've used with the Aero. Not as good as poly -- but darned close. There's a constraint method I want to implement with the darned thing, but haven't gotten around to a mod/fab to help me do that yet. Doggonit life's too busy.
Has anyone tried adding sugar to the ground coffee in the AP (or, I suppose for any brewing method)? I made one of these AP iced coffees today and added a teaspoon of raw granular sugar to the grounds before pouring in the 90C water. Didn't have to worry about dissolution in cold water and I thought it tasted good, but is there any drawback to doing it this way?
So this write-up pushed me over the edge and I bought my first Aeropress from Venia Coffee (first time buying from them, but they had it to me next day, so just giving them a public thumbs up). Been wanting to buy one for awhile, so this gave me a good enough reason to jump on it. Aside from my wife being a little un-excited to have another coffee toy in the kitchen, she wasn't complaining after i figured out how to use it properly. Again, great write up.
Anyone have a favorite roast style in the Aeropress for iced? Always looking to try something new.
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