How to make a Don Pablo Cold Brew

Date August 19, 2020

Making a Don Pablo Cold Brew

Cold Brew has become one of the trendiest ways to make coffee. Why? … Because the temperature is scorching outside, and we still need our coffee fix. These days we can find cold brew on the shelves in local grocery stores and advertised in our favorite coffee shops. It is a delicious way of making coffee, and the caffeine content is right where we’d like it to be. Brewing Cold Brew takes patience. The steep time is 12-24 hours, so it is advised to prepare in advance. For this particular cold brew, I’ve decided to use Subtle Earth Organic Coffee because the flavors are full-bodied, and this coffee is a crowd-pleaser. It is vital to use specialty coffee that is naturally low in acidity. Lucky for us, we can find this quality in all Don Pablo Coffee because of the altitudes where the Arabica beans grow and the slow-roasting process. This roasting process leaves the beans with an exquisite well-balanced flavor while minimizing traces of acidity. You can’t go wrong with any of the selections, so feel free to get creative with your coffee beans each time you brew. There are two ways of achieving cold coffee: One being the cold brew method, and the other is making a standard iced coffee.

Iced Coffee Vs. Cold Brew

Have you ever wondered about the differences between iced coffee and cold brew? Well, let’s explore: The process of making iced coffee is done the conventional way; first, by starting with regular hot coffee, then allowing it to cool down so it can be poured over ice. The cold brew method has a longer extraction time than iced coffee. Cold brew is made by steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for 12-24 hours then straining to remove the coffee grounds. Strictly judging by flavor, the coffee made through the cold brew method is much smoother than the iced coffee method. I find it is worth the process as a cold brew can alternate between the perfect pick-me-up and a beautiful dessert-like beverage.

It is crucial to use specialty coffee, preferably Arabica beans, when making iced coffee or cold brew. Robusta beans possess flavors that taste more acidic in comparison. I was never a “Black coffee drinker” until I came on board with the Don Pablo team. Someone once told me, if you need sweeteners or milk to make it taste good, then you’re drinking the wrong coffee. I didn’t believe that because I love cappuccinos with perfectly frothed milk, but now that’s a thing of the past. I’m still surprised that my morning coffee doesn’t need anything but coffee beans and water.

Let’s Talk Cold Brew Science

It is important to be mindful of the coffee ground granules when making your very own cold brew. The goal is to grind coffee on the coarse setting as it prepares for easy filtration and leaves the cold brew flavor just right. Note that coffee grounds on the finer side will create a cold brew with bitter flavors when compared to coarse grounds. The difference has to do with the chemical reactions behind the extraction as the coffee steeps. While the coffee grounds are steeping, there is a dissolving process that turns the water from clear to coffee brown. Water extracts caffeine, lipids, melanoidins, acids, and carbohydrates from the grounds, and the longer water is exposed to the coffee, the more optimal solubles get extracted. In return, this gives us a coffee that possesses sweet, yet subtle flavors with notes of chocolate and caramel. If coffee is over-extracted, meaning left too long to steep; one could end up with a cold brew that has extracted the unfavorable solubles, which leaves the flavor of your cold brew slightly harsh and acidic. Cold brew is a slow extraction process so that water can seep into the pores of the coffee bean taking all the good stuff, so your coffee tastes amazing and leaving the bad things behind to be discarded.

Now, Let’s get brewing so we can have coffee ready for tomorrow.

How to Cold Brew Method
Quantity 8 cups of concentrated Cold Brew

  1. Grind on coarse: 175-200 grams of your favorite Don Pablo coffee (approx. 3 cups)
  2. Steep grounds in 8 cups of water
  3. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours
  4. Filter with a cheesecloth. This step may need to be done twice, depending on ground size.
  5. Enjoy and refrigerate the delicious Cold Brew.
    Optional: Dilute with water to taste

I recommend experimenting with your milk choices. I find that Elmhurst Unsweetened Milked Walnuts pairs perfectly with Subtle Earth Organic Coffee, as well as The Don Pablo’s Bourbon Infused Coffee. Another recommendation is to utilize your cold brew to make ice cubes so as the ice melts, your coffee will stay fresh and strong. Thank you all for being a part of the Don Pablo family.

We are looking forward to seeing and hearing about your experience with the Cold Brew method and our selections of coffee you’ve utilized.

With Love,
Angel Mia Garcia
Your newest coffee connoisseur and Don Pablo team member