Coffee snob: a guide to cold drip and cold press coffee


Coffee snob: a guide to cold drip and cold press coffee

If you consider yourself a bit of a coffee connoisseur, it's likely you know your filter coffee from your single origin beans. You're probably adventurous in trying new things from the drinks menu, and love the taste of coffee - not just the kick. Alternatively, when it comes to your daily coffee, you might be more about the tried and true methods. Your go-to drink is a creamy flat white or cappucino, and you can't wrap your head around the whole almond or coconut milk thing.

Regardless of your expertise, there's two coffee types everyone needs to know about before the weather really heats up. They are called cold drip and cold press, and other than cooling you down on a hot and humid, Australian summer day, they also taste incredible.

Cold drip

What exactly is cold drip coffee?
The art of cold drip is a very special one. Rather than roasting beans in a machine, this process involves dripping cold water through ground coffee over a period of about 3-10 hours. Don't worry, you don't need to wait that long for your caffeine hit - cafes and restaurants will prepare a batch of cold drip ahead of time, so it's ready to go. You can also make a batch of it yourself, and store it in the fridge for a more summer-appropriate coffee (and a nice surprise when you open the door upon waking up).

Are there any special benefits?
Yes! Plenty, actually.

  • It's a more natural way to get your coffee fix, with no intervention of machinery.
  • It's black and rich in flavour, but it's far less bitter than a standard espresso. In fact, it's kind of sweet.
  • You'll get a better flavour pay-off, as specific notes of the coffee bean are accentuated.
  • There's more of a slow burn of energy, rather than a sharp hit, meaning you won't crash afterwards.
  • It's healthier! This brew is easier on the digestive system, and you don't need to add any extras like milk or sugar.

How do I serve it?
Cold drip is super refreshing and has an amazing flavour, so you won't need to sweeten it or add any milk at all. In fact, all you need is a glass with plenty of ice cubes. Pour over and you're done!

Cold press

What exactly is cold press coffee?

As the name suggests, cold press coffee uses cold water rather than traditional coffee, which uses hot/boiling water. This changes the taste and flavours that the coffee has due to the different reaction the cold water has on the coffee grinds, leading to stronger and more intense flavours.

More coffee beans are needed to make cold brew but as the coffee connoisseur's say, it's well worth it!

Cold press is different to ice coffee as it is made with room temperature/cold water rather than being made with hot water and put on ice after it is prepared.

Are there any special benefits?
The cold water reacts differently with the coffee grinds than hot water does, leading to lower acidity. This gives the coffee a sweeter taste meaning there is no need to add sugar if you are usually guilty of this.

Cold press coffee is rich with antioxidants from the coffee beans because the cold water doesn't extract all of this from the coffee grind compared to traditional coffee.

How do I serve it?
Cold press is best served over ice and can have a splash of milk added if that fits your taste.

Find your cold brew fix from Archer Specialty Coffee>

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