So, I tried cold-brewed coffee for the first time yesterday, mainly because I keep seeing articles about it around the interwebs and, as a coffee fanatic, I was intrigued. The concept is simple: instead of using hot water to brew your coffee, you plan ahead and use cold water, but let it sit overnight. Then you strain it, end up with a much stronger coffee extract that has only a tenth of the acidity levels of normal coffee, and dilute to taste (with either hot or cold water).
There are all kinds of how-to posts out there about building (or buying) contraptions for cold-brewing, but I just used my french press, which normally yields 3 cups of coffee in the morning. As cold-brewed coffee is meant to be stronger, I added half a cup of hot water to each half cup of coffee extract and saved the rest for the next day.
Yesterday evening I was all set to write a post about its relative merits, but I got sidetracked. For the record, here’s a summary of what I was planning to say: it’s definitely less acidic, which makes it taste very different in a way I was ambivalent about, but my stomach didn’t feel great about it (usually not a problem). Also, it just didn’t seem that strong.
But then…I was WIDE awake until 3am. Coffee never keeps me up, despite the vast quantities I drink; weirdly, diet Snapple peach iced tea is the only caffeinated beverage that affects my sleep (maybe it’s the caffeine/Nutrasweet combo?).
Could be a random coincidence. But this morning I was glad I had the leftover coffee in the fridge to get me through a day on only 4 hours of sleep.