Cold Brew Vs. Iced Coffee

     Heading into April, we begin drinking our classy ice beverages again and enjoying the delicious sun will sipping on some smooth iced coffee or tea. Check out our read below on Cold Brew Vs. Iced Coffee to get a fine understanding of what separates the two.     


Now if you are like me, and you crave the strength of any caffeinated beverage but prefer a lighter tone/roast you will find that your taste buds have meet their match, especially if you sip the delicious El Salvador roast (my personal favorite). But when it comes to "Cold Brew" vs. "Iced Coffee", what separates them? The answer is very simple yet overlooked quite commonly. And that answer is the brewing process. Cold brew's have a very unique and quite fitting brewing process that I believe all cold drinking should maintain as an equivalent of a regular drip brewing.

Source: http://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/drink/why-cold-brew-coffee-may-be-better-you-hot-coffee

     As I mentioned, the cold brew process is quite unique and fitting for it's temperature. Majority of cold brew's are done in a single, whole 5 pound batch and the process is a timely one and must be prepared the day before. The whole bean medium roast batch (or size of your liking and roast of your liking) is grinded and put back into the original bag. A whole 5 pound bag of coffee contains around 375 - 400 tablespoons of coffee, equivalent 1,500 fluid oz's or approximately 12 gallons of water. The brewing process we use is a 1 tablespoon to 4 fluid oz ratio, so we transfer all 5 pounds of grinded coffee to a 15 galloon container. You first insert a coffee net into the 15 gallon container, this net separates the liquid from the coffee grinds. After the net is securely wrapped in the container, the grounds are dumped in and you begin filling cold water to the brim. After so, put in the fridge 12 to 24 hours to begin the slow but soothingly delightful process of a cold brew. Patience is our biggest enemy here. Now, keep in mind when coffee beans are ground down they lose about 1/2 of their size so combining all these into a 15 gallon container does seem plausible, especially when the coffee grounds begin absorbing the water. Cold brews usually aim for a temperature around 32 to 40 degrees fahrenheit where the process is most effective, and is standard FDA recommended refrigeration temperature. After 24 hours has passed, pull out your heavy 15 gallon container, carefully remove the net to not let any of the grounds make contact with the liquid, and dump the beans (or for you planters, you could mix it in with the fertilizer, but that’s another discussion). Now, cold brews are concentrated out of the container, so you have to cut it! We usually cut it 50/50 or 40/60 with cold water. The Cold brew should last anywhere from 24-72 hours. After 72 hours we recommend dumping. And voila, poor in a glass cup with some cream, vanilla syrup over ice and you have a delicious cup of sweetened cold brew on a hot summer day.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/iced-coffee-tips-hawaii_n_5531724

     Now, back to the standard and world renown champion Iced Coffee. A lot of businesses brew a hot cup container of coffee, and refrigerate it until the beverage is cold, and other businesses only brew a strong, extracted amount of coffee, cut with ice water, then that makes a iced coffee. Most consumers are satisfied with just this, but the biggest issue which is often avoided and overlooked in this process is dilution. A lot of companies cut their coffee, with hot brewed extract, then dump over ice, and then cut again with water. The issue is, when you put hot coffee over ice, you produce water so you will get a very watered down taste which doesn't really taste good, and believe me, you can taste the difference once you compare. Besides that, the general process and concept of Iced Coffee is quite simple, and is most commonly drank.

     Now, the choice is yours, choose the very elegant and concentrated Cold Brew, or the world champion and family favorite Iced Coffee.

5 Tips for Better Iced Coffee

Yimmies Cafe Iced Coffee

Watered down cold coffee, un-tasteful, lacking flavor, bitter or bland, is the poor excuse for coffee you probably make every day and you have been passionately yelling, “HOW DO I MAKE BETTER ICED COFFEE?”. Well, don’t yell, because we are here to help! Here are the top 5 tips for making the best iced coffee your luscious eyes could feast on, and possibly become Hokage someday. (Believe it.)

Tip #1 – Make Your Coffee Strong

Before you go talking about how you can’t handle strong coffee, let us explain! When you make iced coffee, you are pouring a hot beverage over ice, which in turn melts that ice. You fill up the cup (all the way) with ice. After that, pour the hot coffee in and it will fill up with a lot of water and ice, because the coffee is going through a process of cooling, it will melt the ice, thus diluting your coffee.

Tip #2 – Do Not Refrigerate Your Coffee

If you make your iced coffee by brewing it, refrigerating it, then pouring it with over ice, you might want to stop. In theory, there is nothing wrong with this at all, but you risk quality for convenience. When you refrigerate your coffee for future consumption, you allow the coffee to age more, especially in a cooler atmosphere, coffee will begin to form very interesting layers of bitterness (like souring of the lips) and this depends from roast to roast, which brings us to our next tip.

Tip #3 – Pick Good Roasts

When brewing iced coffee, we find a medium roast is the best since it handles the textures so well. A light roast will taste too watered down, and a dark roast will over-power the water with cold temperature. We recommend a Kona, El Salvadorian, or Metropolis’ Schweik's Blend for your iced coffee needs.

Tip #4 – Clean Your Coffee Machine

This is a very general tip which a lot of people don’t do. The mineral build up on your coffee machine can alter the taste which will push your ultimate goal of making the best cup of iced coffee. Stay clean, keep yourself safe and use a little mineral remover or descaling solution for your coffee machine. Here is a good one to pick up.

Tip #5 – Using Milk or Dairy Additives

Make sure when embellishing your iced coffee to use a heavy creamer, as skim or 2% milk will water down your coffee, more fat equals more flavor. Personally tested (and what we use for our Cold Brew!) lactose-free creamers and dehydrated creamers work well with iced coffee as well, so do not be afraid to dabble in that field.


In case you are wondering, here is how coffee shops make iced coffee, grabbed from our previous blog, “Cold Brew Vs. Iced Coffee” Here is a run-down, plus some.

  “…A lot of businesses brew a hot cup container of coffee, and refrigerate it until the beverage is cold, and other businesses only brew a strong, extracted amount of coffee, cut with ice water, then that makes an iced coffee. Most consumers are satisfied with just this, but the biggest issue which is often avoided and overlooked in this process is dilution. A lot of companies cut their coffee, with hot brewed extract, then dump over ice, and then cut again with water. The issue is when you put hot coffee over ice, you produce water so you will get a very watered down taste which doesn't really taste good, and believe me, you can taste the difference once you compare. Besides that, the general process and concept of Iced Coffee is quite simple, and is most commonly drank.”

 

Clever Uses for Coffee Grinds

What if we told you that something you use, and throw out most of the day can help you solve a lot of problems in your life. Yes, you have a lot of problems. But it’s OK! Because we are here to help you solve these pesky problems with coffee! Now, with some simple recycle & reuse, all, if not most, of your problems will disappear! (We are not liable if your problems don’t disappear, sorry ☹) By coffee, we mean brewed coffee grinds that you always throw away, yes those! What if we told you that you shouldn’t throw coffee grinds and just keep them because they have so many uses. Surprised, right?!? So were we! Sit back, take out that note pad, class is in session, today we will be talking about the clever uses for your coffee grinds that you throw away. Oh, and it doesn’t matter the roast of beans you use, or how old the grinds are.

1. Natural Dirt Fertilizer

Yimmies Coffee Grind Fertilizer Dirt Hand

Don’t throw away those grinds! They are great for rejuvenating and revitalizing dirt to grow all sorts of plants. The used coffee grinds adds Potassium, Magnesium and Nitrogen to your soil which helps energize, fertilizer and help make your plants grow healthier. It uses a formula known as N-P-K to grow and maintain your dirt so you have top quality dirt! Look at you!

2. Natural Baking Soda (Odor Absorb-er)

Yimmies Coffee Grind Baking Soda

It’s simple, coffee grinds absorb odor, just as baking soda does, so put that money away!

3. Scent for some cool candles

Yimmies Coffee Candle Scent

This one is really creative, grab some coffee grinds and put it at the bottom of your candle near the weight and wick. Add your scent-free wax and now you have a quality coffee candle! *sniff sniff*

4. Bringing the worms (We are talking to you, fishers!)

Yimmies Coffee Grind Dirt Worms

This goes hand in hand with natural dirt fertilizer. Worms love coffee grinds and are attracted to the smell. We feel you worms, so do we! Just mix it in with your dirt and wait a few cycles for the worms to attract to your dirt, great for flowers as well.

5. Painting!

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Source: http://galleryhip.com/painting-with-coffee.html

This one is our favorite. When you mix used coffee grinds with water, it will create a light brown water color, which you can use for painting! You can create a whole bunch of other effects and uses such as dipping paper in the mixture to create an old-aged looking paper, as well as turning photos into an aged look.

6. Pest Repellent

Yimmies Coffee Grind Pest Repellent

When you mix your seeds that you plant into the dirt with coffee grinds, you keep the bugs away. Lots of bugs such as ants, snails, slugs and other leaf eating herbivores, and possibly cats!

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The list goes on! These are just a few tips and tricks with coffee grinds, and we will most likely revisit this subject in the future. If you have or know of any cool uses for coffee grinds, send them our way and we’d love to share it with the rest of the coffee world.