bloocanary Senior Member Joined: 17 Nov 2003 Posts: 358 Location: boston Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Mon Mar 18, 2013, 3:47pm Subject: Good beans for cold brew?
Any recommendations for beans I can either buy in the SF area, or order online, that are particularly well suited to cold brew?
A lot of people like cold brewing South American coffees with citrus/acid/bright notes in them ... I'm looking for beans with more body, earthy tones, and dark chocolate/caramel flavors ... more traditional coffee flavors rather than bright floral/juice tones.
Posted Mon Mar 18, 2013, 5:15pm Subject: Re: Good beans for cold brew?
I've heard from others that cold brew is a good use of crap beans. I roast at home so I can't vouch for that but you might look in to it--you know, saving a few bucks if the difference is less significant.
I would imagine for chocolate/caramel flavors you should opt for a region known for those. Maybe a Sumatra, Kenyan, or Brazil (from my experience/memory). I would also think a light roast would lend itself to a more punchy taste (not bad) and dark might push it considering the brew time, especially if it was roasted too dark (maybe bad). I would personally choose a medium roast.
These are my experiences.
Cold brew is awesome. I was introduced to it during a finals week by a shop near campus. It had a cult following and I had to try it (this was before I got into brewing coffee). So strong and smooth.
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