By Todd L., Banquet Manager at the Hilton Christiana
The newest way to enjoy your coffee is to make Cold Brew, especially during a hot day. Start with cold water and coffee grinds and then wait to see what happens next. The “what happens next” is a full and smooth flavor with a rich body finish ….truly a coffee experience you won’t soon forget. I have done it myself and the waiting is kind of exciting. The process does take a little bit of guessing, trial and error but, in the end, you get the satisfaction of a well-crafted coffee beverage.
Trust the Process!
The cold-water-extract process requires grinding: coarse-ground beans are soaked in water for a prolonged period of time, usually 12 hours or more. The water is normally kept at room temperature, but chilled water can also be used. The grounds must be filtered out of the water after they have been steeped using a paper coffee filter, a fine metal sieve, a French press or felt. The result is a coffee concentrate that is often diluted with water or some type of milk, and can be served hot, over ice, or blended with ice and other ingredients such as chocolate.
The reward for the cold brew coffee experience is the many applications it has. You can use it in the kitchen with a trendy dessert so that the rich and bold coffee flavors jump right out at you. At the Hilton Christiana, we create our own specialty coffee drink with a little simple syrup, caramel and chocolate sauces, or vanilla cinnamon syrup. We also offer some at the hotel bar and have reached perfection with a little addition of a cordial and some cream. It can make an afternoon pick me up truly delightful. ENJOY!
The sky’s the limit for things to add to your Cold Brewed beverage.