Making cold brew coffee can be done in many ways. However, this summer I'm going to adopt the 8 cup Chemex method to make my cold brew. The great thing about using the Chemex for your cold brew is the clarity and crispness you get in your cup. You can use any type of bean (filter roast of course) but I prefer to use an African coffee.
Below is a detailed method to make a cold brew using you 8 cup Chemex. Give it a go and enjoy it for the summer months to come. The method is for a large batch. You will be able to keep it in the fridge for roughly one week.
Grind 51g of coffee to a coarse grind.
Rinse your filter paper throughly with boiling water. Tip out the water from your Chemex and place the ground coffee into the Chemex. Give the Chemex a tap to settle the grounds, this will allow a more even pour.
Add 220mLs of water in 30 seconds. This is your bloom. Pour in the middle of the coffee grounds, slowly making your way towards the outside - try to avoid making direct contact with the side of the filter paper.
Wait until the timer hits 1 minute and add 300mLs of water in 30 seconds. Start pouring in the middle, circulating outwards. Make sure you hit all the darker spots when pouring.
Once the timer hits 2:30 minutes, add the remaining 240mLs of water in 30 seconds.
Let the brew drain from 3:00 to 5:00 minutes. At 5:00 minutes, remove the filter paper and decant the brew into a vessel if you wish.
Let your brew cool down to room temperature before you put it in the fridge or add ice to it. Stay tuned for my next blog post; I will show you how I pimp my cold brew!