Cold brew coffee has gained some notoriety over the years and we felt obligated to describe the process in detail. One of the more popular methods (and a favorite at H&CL) involves the Hario Mizudashi cold brew coffee pot.
Hario is a Japanese kitchen and cookware manufacturer and are best known for their coffee products. We strongly recommend the Hario brand. All of the Hario products we have tested and use in our own kitchens are very good quality and never disappoint.
Mizu in Japanese means "water" and dashi is noun that translates to "soup" or "stock". I'm sure there is a little something lost in the translation, but in the case of cold brew coffee I believe it is referring to the combination of water and coffee which are allowed to sit for 8 - 24 hours creating a coffee "stock" if you will.
The process of creating cold brew coffee is quite simple. All you have to do is place about 80g or 2.8oz of your favorite coffee into the mesh basket and then fill the container with water. You want to make sure you stir very well to thoroughly soak the coffee grounds - no dry spots! Place it in your refrigerator overnight for 8 hours or longer and enjoy the full bodied, rich taste of cold brewed coffee.
There's nothing quite like it.
By using cold water to extract coffee you get a brew that is far less acidic and has a smooth, rich flavor. Our favorite cold brew strategy is to prepare a batch in the evening just before bed. Imagine the smile on your face when you drag your nearly unconscious body into the kitchen and realize coffee is waiting for you in the fridge. Prefer it hot? Simply pour yourself a cup and microwave it for 30-60 seconds. Done and delicious!
Tips for using the Hario Mizudashi cold brew coffee pot.
The good news is the Hario cold brew coffee pot won't break the bank and the reusable mesh basket means you won't have to purchase new filters. You do need to be careful with the glass carafe, however. They can be quite fragile so treat them with care when washing.
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