Coffee like no other...For a truly aromatic and taste-tingling sensation, cold-brew your morning coffee with Waiakea water! You may be wondering, "what's the difference between cold-brewed and normally brewed coffee and does the water I use really matter?" Attention all coffee connoisseurs, we have an answer for you.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold water brewing is a specific technique that involves brewing coffee in cold water instead of hot water-- and no, it's not the same as iced coffee. The normal coffee machine that we're all familiar with brews coffee quickly in hot water, while cold brewing is a slower process that allows coffee to percolate over a longer period of time in cold water. This technique gives coffee a sweeter, less bitter flavor.
Hot water releases acidity from the oils of the coffee beans, and cold water doesn't-- this is what makes hot coffee more acidic. Our stomachs are already acidic, so cold-brew coffee is a wonderful alternative for those who suffer from sensitivities to acidic foods (queue acid reflux). Additionally, high heat can cause coffee beans to lose their antioxidant content and nutritional value.1
Why Brew with Alkaline Water?
Taste, taste, taste! Coffee enthusiasts around the world advocate using naturally alkaline water for brewing. The minerals found in naturally alkaline water help to balance the acidity and neutralize the bitterness found in coffee beans. By softening the bitter notes typical of coffee, a richer, bolder, and more round taste is expressed.
Waiakea has tons of naturally occurring minerals that will amplify the nutritional value of your daily cup of Joe. Along with coffee's antioxidants, you'll get magnesium, calcium, potassium, and more! Alkaline water can also help boost energy and metabolism, so it's a perfect addition to your morning coffee2.
How Do You Make Cold-Brew Coffee?
If you don't want to splurge on a cold brew coffee maker, you can easily do it with kitchen tools that you already own, such as a mason jar or French press.
First, start with a course grind of your coffee bean of choice (we recommend always opting for organic beans). Once you have your ground beans, add 3 cups of cold water for each cup of coffee grounds. There are a lot of different recipes, so don't worry if this one isn't your favorite! Feel free to add and subtract water according to taste.
Then, mix the water and beans together and let is sit in your fridge for 12-24 hours. When it's finally done percolating, pour it through a coffee filter and you'll be left with your delicious, antioxidant-rich coffee!1
Try it out and let us know how you like it in the comments below!