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Best coffee cold brew style? I am often asked this. My answer is always the same. You cannot beat Java. Furthermore you cannot beat the Happy Donkey cold brew Java blend.
Thinking back over the last three or four years I have done a mass of experimenting in this genre. I still find it fascinating that with so little effort a gourmet coffee experience is yours. Sat in the fridge waiting for your arrival.
One thing I realised recently was that I had separated my research into two parts. First of all was which is the best coffee cold brew style? Secondly was which is the bit of kit to brew the coffee in?
Having got to the point where I knew the Kinto Jug was the best all rounder. I had not continued to test other coffee in the Kinto ! I knew Java had proven to be the best beforehand. Consequently Java Plus was born.
Best coffee cold brew style – going back !
Now having been back on the Java cold brew for a month or so. Curiosity is getting the better of me. I need to go back and try the other coffee in the king of cold brew jugs. The mighty Kinto !
Each week I will try one type and report back, so stay tuned ! If you want to know when an update is appearing follow us on Twitter
If you want to now how to make the perfect cold brew in the mean time see this article.
Week 1 – Cold brew Costa Rican
The evidence is in the photo ! Sixty Grams of Cost Rican into the cold brewer followed by one litre of mineral water. The image at the top of the article shows the instant Crema the Costa Rican gave off. Impressive for a single origin.
Best coffee cold brew style 12 hours in.
Into the fridge to do it’s thing. Twelve hours later and perhaps somewhat previous the cold brew is sampled. At this point what you get is something extremely refreshing.
The cold brew is one dimensional at this stage. There’s a taste of coffee with a remote hint of apple. Then it’s gone, not like when the taste goes from something to cardboard. This is something to nothing. No after taste at all.
This in itself is something incredible and unique. Never before have I experienced a drink so refreshing yet at the same time almost non existent. It’s like a magic potion from a children’s story book !
Will it be the best coffee cold brew style? It’s too early to say. For a single origin coffee this is only to be expected. The minimum time for brewing realistically for most coffee types is twenty four hours. At this point though I am optimistic we have something good here.
24 Hours in.
Yes the magical twenty four hour brew time. My excitement is rewarded with something really quite special.
The cold brew has matured and there’s a decent taste of coffee with a large apple taste. Also making an appearance is a strong hint of banana !
Never before have I experience banana, I am surprised and very pleased. There’s also a mild Marzipan after taste. At this stage the cold brew is fantastic. I want to drink all of it. Because this is in the name of the diary I can’t!
48 Hours in – Costa Rican
I awake to a burning hot day and head straight for the fridge. What will be waiting in the magic jug? This is fun.
Today’s cold brew is very different and it has matured by a very long mark. There’s the taste of coffee but the focus of the flavours has gone totally fuzzy.
The Banana has definitely gone, the apple is still there somewhat. The most obvious taste is Marzipan, something which 24 hours ago was an after taste!
In fact once into the second glass it’s fair to say that the Marzipan has completely taken over. I add some tinned Carnation milk, what I have is a good cold brew but not great one.
It tastes like one of those you buy in the supermarket out of the chiller. It’s acceptable but it’s not gourmet level it doesn’t excite or inspire.
It’s not quality and it’s quality we are looking for here, the best all round and the best peak time brews also.
Best coffee cold brew Costa Rican – Conclusion
After 2 days brewing then it’s all over. I could sit it out for another 24 but I believe by that time it will be dead altogether. I certainly would not want to be the one testing it !
There is a part of me now wondering what would happen if I upped the dose of the coffee to eighty Grams instead of sixty.
Would that give the cold brew the legs it needed to give us a great forty eight hours? Or would it give us an overwhelming 24 hours? I want to find out and I will return at some point to see.
For now what we know is from the happiest place in the world. Comes a coffee which honours us with an extremely rewarding cold brew at 24 hours.
The apple explosion with it’s Banana side kick and Marzipan after taste is a wowser. Inspirational, full of happiness and hope with a refreshing light taste of real coffee it’s a winner.
For it’s 24 hour stance alone I am giving this a 7 out of 10. That taste sensation is one I will want to chase down again and again.
Next in the diary is the Happy Donkey Brazilian – visit again this week for updates ! This is a strong espresso blend the results should be interesting !