What’s the best coffee for cold brewing?

A question we often get from new customers is:

Where can I get coffee for cold brewing? Can I just use regular coffee?

It’s a good question and one that comes with great news – you really can use any coffee for cold brewing!  That said there are a few caveats.  First and foremost, you’re going to want to make sure you use a coarse grind.  From a practical sense, this will stop fine coffee escaping through the filter and clouding your coffee.  Fine ground coffee also has a tendency to catch air pockets stopping your coffee getting to the appropriate strength.

Can I buy it already ground or will I need to grind my own?

You can do it either way.  If you’re grinding at home, switch the settings to the coarsest option.  If you can’t find coffee specific for cold brew in your local superstore, get one suitable for a french press as they tend to be coarse as well. If that still sounds like too much work check out our pick of some great cold brew grounds reviewed below:

Stone Street Cold Brew Reserve

Stone Street is a specialty roaster located in the heart of Brooklyn, NYC.  This coffee is dark roasted and rich with a really deep flavor profile.  It brews up a deliciously smooth cold brew.

I really like that the beans are ethically and responsibly sourced.

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Cold Brew Kitchen Decaf

Cold Brew Kitchen is a company that roasts and blends coffees specifically for home brewing.  As such these brew a deliciously smooth beverage.

This one is a decaf blend so you can even enjoy it in the evening (perhaps in this Cold Brew Irish Coffee) without having to stay up all night!

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Tiny Footprint Cold Press Elixir

If you want to feel good about the coffee you drink, this option from Tiny Footprint is not only Organic and Fair Trade certified, it’s also carbon negative and supports reforestation in Ecuador.  It terms of taste it’s every bit as delicious as you’d hope, rich, smooth with a hint of chocolate.

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