How To Make Cold Brew With Espresso Beans.

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Ah, cold brew. The perfect drink for hot summer days, when you want something refreshing, but still packed with caffeine. And what better way to make it than with espresso beans? That’s right, you heard me. Espresso beans. The little beans that pack a big punch. So buckle up, folks, because we’re about to take a wild ride into the world of cold brew with espresso beans.


Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Equipment. You’ll need the following items to make your cold brew with espresso beans:

  • A large pitcher
  • A fine mesh strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Espresso beans
  • Cold water
  • Sweetener (optional)
  • Flavors (optional)

Now, you may be thinking, “What the heck is a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth?” Well, let me tell you. A fine mesh strainer is just what it sounds like – a strainer with a very fine mesh that will allow liquid to pass through, but will catch any solids or grounds. And cheesecloth? Well, that’s a piece of cloth that’s specifically designed for straining liquids. You’ll use it to help catch any pesky grounds that may slip through the mesh strainer.

Of course, if you don’t have these items on hand, you can always improvise. For example, you can use a coffee filter in place of the cheesecloth, or a regular strainer instead of a fine mesh one. Just be warned, the results may not be as smooth as with the proper equipment.


Next up, ingredients. You’ll need the following to make your cold brew:

  • Espresso beans
  • Cold water
  • Sweetener (optional)
  • Flavors (optional)

Yes, that’s it. Just four simple ingredients. Unless, of course, you want to add sweetener or flavors. Then you’ll need to pick those up as well. But let’s stick with the basics for now.

Preparing the Espresso Beans

Now it’s time to get our hands dirty. Or, I suppose, grindy. Because before we can make cold brew, we need to grind our espresso beans. And not just any old grind will do. You’ll want to grind your beans to a coarse consistency. This will help ensure that they don’t over-extract and turn your cold brew bitter.

Now, there are a few different methods you can use to grind your beans. You can use a burr grinder, which is the preferred method for many coffee enthusiasts. Or you can use a blade grinder, which is what I have in my kitchen because I like to live on the wild side. Just be warned, blade grinders can produce inconsistent grinds, so you may need to do a little extra filtering to make sure you don’t end up with gritty cold brew.

Steeping the Espresso Beans

Okay, we’ve got our equipment and our ingredients. Now it’s time to get to the good stuff – steeping. To steep the espresso beans, you’ll simply add them to the pitcher, then pour in the cold water. Stir the mixture well, then cover and let it steep for 12-24 hours. The exact steeping time will depend on your personal taste preferences, so feel free to play around and see what works best for you.

Filtering the Steeped Espresso

Once your cold brew has steeped for the desired amount of time, it’s time to filter it. This is where the fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth come into play. First, strain the liquid through the fine mesh strainer to catch any large pieces of grounds. Then, use the cheesecloth to catch any remaining particles. You can strain the cold brew directly into another pitcher, or into individual serving glasses.

Adding Sweetener and Flavors

If you like your cold brew sweet and/or flavored, now is the time to add any sweetener or flavors you desire. Personally, I like to add a little bit of simple syrup to mine, but you can use any type of sweetener you like. And as far as flavors go, the sky’s the limit. Some popular options include vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, or even chocolate. Just be careful not to add too much, as you don’t want to overpower the flavor of the espresso.

Storing the Cold Brew

Now that your cold brew is complete, you may be tempted to chug it all down right away. And I don’t blame you – it’s delicious. But if you have any self-control, you’ll want to store some for later. The good news is, cold brew is easy to store. Simply pour it into an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. It will last for up to a week, although I’ll be impressed if it lasts that long.

Serving Suggestions

Now that you have a delicious pitcher of cold brew with espresso beans, it’s time to enjoy it. But how should you serve it? Well, there are a few different options. You can serve it over ice, topped with a splash of milk or cream. Or you can dilute it with a little bit of water to make it less strong. You can even add a shot of alcohol to make it into a fun cocktail. The possibilities are endless!

And there you have it, folks. How to make cold brew with espresso beans. It’s easy, delicious, and will give you the caffeine boost you need to tackle the day. So go forth, my coffee-loving friends, and make the best cold brew you’ve ever had. Just don’t forget to invite me over for a taste.

In conclusion, cold brew with espresso beans is a delicious and refreshing way to enjoy coffee on a hot summer day. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can make the best cold brew you’ve ever had. So why wait? Grab your equipment and start steeping!

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