Coffee experts?

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So I just stopped at this coffee shop and had THE BEST cup of iced coffee in my life. ( I pretty much only drink coffee cold.)

And the barista said it's better there bc they use a totally different brewing process than say, Starbucks. (I don't only go to Starbucks, tho. I get iced coffee all the time from small coffee shops an it's never like this!)

In this "special process", they leave 5 lbs of coarse-ground coffee soaking in ice cold water for 24 hours...and something else I forget.

Do you know anything about this? If I bought a French press or something, could I make mine this way at home with just cold water and quality beans that I grind coarsely at...someplace?

I will continue to go back to this place but it's not somewhere I can go to every time I want coffee (which is at least once a day).

Any insight on this? I don't want to demand all the guy's trade secrets! LOL
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 05-23-2012 at 01:16 PM.
Cold brew vs. brewing hot, double strength, and then cooling

Yes, you can do this at home. I think Pioneer Woman has a pretty good "recipe."
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If you ever manage to get to a coffee tasting, you can actually taste differences in the coffee at different temperatures. Most of the best flavors in coffee brewed hot dissipate by the time it cools, so it makes sense that cold brewing would work better. Roasting and grind will also make a difference. I recommend checking if this store sells their coffee beans, freezing them when not in use, and only grinding what you're about to brew. All make a difference in flavor as well.

Congrats on finding coffee you love! My two favorites are no longer, and it's sad. At least the local roaster still seems to be doing well, so I have that.
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This is too easy!

Awesome. Thnx

But probably a French press would be too small since this stuff can last weeks in the fridge.
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If you ever manage to get to a coffee tasting, you can actually taste differences in the coffee at different temperatures. Most of the best flavors in coffee brewed hot dissipate by the time it cools, so it makes sense that cold brewing would work better. Roasting and grind will also make a difference. I recommend checking if this store sells their coffee beans, freezing them when not in use, and only grinding what you're about to brew. All make a difference in flavor as well.

Congrats on finding coffee you love! My two favorites are no longer, and it's sad. At least the local roaster still seems to be doing well, so I have that.
Originally Posted by NetG
I've been using Bustelo at home to brew and cool in the fridge.

And that's even what Po's PioneerWoman uses.

But that seems counterintuitive bc the Bustelo is ground soooooo fine and why go through all the extra straining w/ cheese cloth, etc if you can just use coarse.

Maybe I need to buy a grinder too!?
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Cold brewing makes the best iced coffee. They make cold brewers if you want to invest in something to make large quantities. The Toddy is supposed to be a good one.
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Cold brewing makes the best iced coffee. They make cold brewers if you want to invest in something to make large quantities. The Toddy is supposed to be a good one.
Originally Posted by rileyb
$40 isn't expensive at all (considering my $150/month Starbucks habit ).

Maybe I will just go this route to avoid all the messy straining and pouring and switching containers.

I'm so excited!
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So I bought whole coffee beans, a coffee grinder and a french press. Meant to get it started last night but didn't get a chance.

(I really want the machine rileyb showed but I couldn't find anything like it at target and didn't have time to go to BB&Beyond...am too eager to wait on shipping.)

Headed back to the coffee shop now to tide me over til I can make my own!
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Well, the coffee grinder is a must-have kitchen appliance in my eyes anyway. Not so much for coffee, but spices, whole grain flours, breadcrumbs, and nut flours.
Well, the coffee grinder is a must-have kitchen appliance in my eyes anyway. Not so much for coffee, but spices, whole grain flours, breadcrumbs, and nut flours.
Originally Posted by Saria

I use all those things...but buy them ground.

I can see spices losing their spiciness if ground and left sitting. But you notice a difference w/ the other stuff?

I just bought a cheap coffee grinder - three level (fine, med and coarse).

Should I have bought a better one w/ 18 levels?

Have you heard of cheap ons breaking? What is he difference...bc I can't see why you would need 18 types of grinding evels? Are some coffee beans harder than others?
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Well, the coffee grinder is a must-have kitchen appliance in my eyes anyway. Not so much for coffee, but spices, whole grain flours, breadcrumbs, and nut flours.
Originally Posted by Saria
I don't use the same grinder for spices and coffee so I have two. I suspect you mean yours is dedicated to non-coffee purposes.


Spidey - A friend gave me an espresso machine as a housewarming gift, and different people like their coffee different ways, so while I don't use 18 settings, I do use a ton of different settings on my coffee grinder.
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Well, the coffee grinder is a must-have kitchen appliance in my eyes anyway. Not so much for coffee, but spices, whole grain flours, breadcrumbs, and nut flours.
Originally Posted by Saria
I don't use the same grinder for spices and coffee so I have two. I suspect you mean yours is dedicated to non-coffee purposes.


Spidey - A friend gave me an espresso machine as a housewarming gift, and different people like their coffee different ways, so while I don't use 18 settings, I do use a ton of different settings on my coffee grinder.
Originally Posted by NetG

damn...I was hoping there woud be purpose for the additional 15 settings.

So besides fine, med and coarse, how are they identifiying the other settings? Like diced, sliced and julienned? LOL
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 05-24-2012 at 08:45 AM.
Well, I think buying breadcrumbs (and croutons) is a huge rip-off and a complete scam because you're paying for bread that is stale, and there's absolutely no comparison in flavor and quality between homemade (store-bought breadcrumbs taste like sawdust).

Nuts and nut flours and whole grain flours have a lot of oils, which are prone to rancidity (so they should really be kept refrigerated or frozen) and even if they don't go rancid, they don't stay fresh that long.
But the real benefit to grinding whole grain flours is that I'm not going through a bag of oat flour (as an example) at a rapid pace. Just grinding oats lets me have as much as I need. And rolled oats are cheap while oat flour not so much.

The coffee grinder I have and the ones I've used at jobs don't have any levels. You just put your stuff in and press the lid or a button on the lid down and it grinds. You stop when it's ground to your liking. They're cheap.

Last edited by Saria; 05-24-2012 at 08:47 AM.
Well, the coffee grinder is a must-have kitchen appliance in my eyes anyway. Not so much for coffee, but spices, whole grain flours, breadcrumbs, and nut flours.
Originally Posted by Saria
I don't use the same grinder for spices and coffee so I have two. I suspect you mean yours is dedicated to non-coffee purposes.


Spidey - A friend gave me an espresso machine as a housewarming gift, and different people like their coffee different ways, so while I don't use 18 settings, I do use a ton of different settings on my coffee grinder.
Originally Posted by NetG
Heh, at work there are two designated coffee grinders, one for spices and one for coffee.
I don't really use mine for coffee, true, but I do grind coffee in it when I do need it for something. You can get the lingering scent of spices out of it by grinding some rice or a piece of white bread. Of course, if you drink a lot of coffee, you might indeed want two.
Originally Posted by Po
I'm so glad you mentioned her. I saw her iced coffee recipe months ago but forgot about it. This is definitely going to be a project for my upcoming 3-day weekend!!
Cold brew is awesome. I started doing it last summer and got hooked. I use sweetened condensed milk in mine to even make it more addicting.

I make up a big batch and it lasts me the week. They say you should grind your coffee med when you want use for cold brewing. I also double strain mine usually i use cheesecloth doubled up for the first run and then i will just use a coffee filter. I drink hot coffee in the colder months but have on my list to get my coffee for cold brew this weekend.


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Last edited by xcptnl; 05-24-2012 at 10:33 AM.
Well, the coffee grinder is a must-have kitchen appliance in my eyes anyway. Not so much for coffee, but spices, whole grain flours, breadcrumbs, and nut flours.
Originally Posted by Saria
Too funny. I never use mine for coffee!'


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I did PW's method and even though I love, love my coffee I don't like it super strong and those coffee to water ratios were too much for me. So I've got to play with it in smaller amounts and figure out what works for me, but it's definitely smoother. I used coffee filters and a fine mesh sieve for straining.

There's also this Greek method I'm going to try. I bought some Trader Joe's instant coffee to give it a go, looked interesting.




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