Essential Summer Cold Brew Guide

Posted by Mitchell Donaldson on 18-11-2015

As it starts to heat up down-under, I'm constantly desiring a cold beverage for any kind of refreshment. Cold coffees are a great option for both their cooling and caffeining qualities, meaning you're not just relaxed, you're ready to tackle whatever else the day has in store for you as well. Here are our 6 cold black coffee options for your summer.


Nitro Coffee

A new contender in the market, Nitro Coffee is batch brewed cold coffee that is then infused with nitrogen gas. It's served out of a tap like a beer, and produces a smooth and creamy brew.


Cold Drip

An option seen at many specialty coffee shops nowadays, cold drip coffee is generally brewed over 8 hours or more. It's got more body than most other cold brews, low acidity, and is high in caffeine.


Iced Pourover

Super easy option at home. All you need is your normal pourover setup (Hario v60, Kalita Wave, Chemex), dose the coffee a little higher as well as less water, and let it drip onto ice. For a v60 we usually dose around 15g, with 120ml of water and 80g of ice.


Batch Cold Brew

This has a range of methods but is usually less body and higher acidity than a normal cold brew. If you're after producing a little more quantity, take a look at the Toddy.


V60 Cold Drip

Another easy option for home, although it takes a little planning. Ice is placed on top of coffee grounds in a v60, and left to brew in a fridge for up to two days. A great experiment if you're up to it!


Elixir Specialty Coffee

Launched this year, this refreshing drink is available in Sydney & Los Angeles. The recipe has been kept a secret, to ensure focus remains on the flavours and profile of the product. "Looks like whiskey, feels like tea, made from coffee... unlike anything you've ever tasted before." For more, check out our full article on Elixir Specialty Coffee.


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