Utilizing the “The Bean Cold Brew Coffee-Maker” by Bodum is a great start for making your cold brew.
FOLLOW THESE EASY HOW-TO TIPS:
- We used a 1:8 coffee to water ratio. For every gram of coffee, we add 8 grams of water. The Bean has a total capacity of 51 oz., 1.5 L, or 1500 grams. This water to coffee ratio is two times stronger than normal. Cold brew is best when it is very bold, so it doesn’t get watery when you add ice and milk.
- On your scale, weigh 163 g. of coffee beans. (1300/8 = 162.3) to allow space for the coffee beans. Since the total capacity of The Bean is 1500 grams, and the coffee takes up nearly 200 grams, we need to subtract 200 from 1500, hence 1300.
- Now that you have your coffee measured, it’s time to grind. Cold brew requires a coarse grind (like French Press). The grind should resemble sea salt.
- Transfer grounds to The Bean and place on the scale. Add 1300 grams of filtered water, and stir to ensure all coffee beans are completely saturated. Put on the lid and place in the fridge for at least 12 hours – and up to 24 hours.
- After 12 hours, your cold brew coffee is ready. Remove from the fridge and replace the lid with the plunger. Press down.
- Your cold brew is ready to be served. Dilute with water, ice, and/or milk. Since the cold brew is stronger than normal, it is recommended to dilute for optimal taste. If you’re not happy with the taste of the final product, you’re likely either: 1. Over-extracting – the brew time is too long, or 2. Under-extracting – the brew time is too short (try with 18-24 hours). Experiment with the contact time until you get the right balance for your taste. Every bean is different.