Cold Drip Coffee - The Definitive Guide



Cold Drip Coffee - The Definitive Guide

What is a Cold Drip coffee?

Cold Drip is a unique way to brew coffee, which results in a concentrated, syrupy and even sometimes boozy tasting beverage. To brew cold drip, cold water drips slowly from one reservoir (usually via a tap) onto a bed of ground coffee held in a reservoir below.

More about Cold Drip

You’ve probably seen a Cold Drip tower in a cafe before - they’re the multi-tiered setup that might have given you flashbacks to high school chemistry. Often, they sit idle in a corner somewhere, used more for show than they are for brewing.

However, we think cold drip can be a great home brew method for the warmer months, and is versatile enough that with a bit of experimenting you’re sure to find a recipe you enjoy. Brewing with cold water is a lot gentler than brewing hot, and therefore requires a much longer contact time to extract the coffee. Unlike cold brew, which is a full immersion brewing technique, cold drip is closer to pourover, with a contact time that is controlled by the drip rate.

Because of the extended contact time, a coarse grind is best for cold brew. As always, we recommend grinding fresh for each brew, however you can use preground coffee too.

Similarly to cold brew, either filter roast or espresso roast coffee can be used depending on the desired result. For a bright, fruity brew to drink black, we recommend using a filter roast. For a bolder brew, and for those adding milk, coffee roasted for espresso is best!

See our easy-to-follow guide below for more hints and tips on how to brew stovetop coffee, and if you have any unanswered questions, see our FAQ.

How to brew Cold Drip Coffee

How Long? 6 hours

How Much? From $139

What You'll Need: Cold Drip set up (DripLab, Bruer, Hario Cold Drip or PuckPuck attachment for the AeroPress), appropriate filters for your chosen equipment, water, scales, coffee

Master making Cold Drip coffee by following our easy steps below!

Cold Drip Coffee - The Definitive Guide


Here's the step-by-step guide to Cold Drip Coffee

1. Prepare your equipment.

Set your equipment up by inserting any necessary filters into the bottom of the coffee chamber (rectangle paper filter for the DripLab, metal mesh filter for the Hario, metal mesh filter for the Bruer). This filter acts as a traditional filter, keeping the coffee grinds out of the brew.

2. Weigh and grind the coffee.

We recommend starting with an approximate 1:8 brew ratio. For this recipe we’ll use 60g of coffee to 500mL. Weigh out 60g of your chosen coffee and grind medium-coarse. You can use preground coffee, but you’ll get a better result grinding to order.

3. Place the top filter on top of the coffee bed.

Lightly tap the coffee chamber to even level out the grinds. Place the top paper filter (relevant for all brewers) on top of the coffee grinds, and press lightly all around the outside edge. This will create a slight dome, which will help the water to disperse through the entire coffee bed. Place the coffee chamber in position.

4. Fill the water chamber.

Pour your 500mL of water into the water chamber. We suggest using room temperature water, to aid the extraction. Set the drip rate to 1 drip every 2-3 seconds. The brew should take approximately 6 hours to complete.

5. Refrigerate once finished.

Once the brew is finished, keep it in the refrigerator. The brew should keep for at least two weeks. The resulting brew will be a concentrate; dilute it 1:2 with water or milk, and plenty of ice.

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Your Cold Drip Coffee Questions, Answered

Here are the most common questions we receive regarding Cold Drip Coffee. If you have any more questions, please get in contact!

Cold Drip is usually prepared as a concentrate, and is best served over ice, and/or diluted with water or milk.

Cold Drip is generally brewed as a concentrate, with a comparatively small brew ratio over a long period of time. As a straight beverage it is stronger, although people usually drink it diluted with either water or milk.

Cold Drip and Cold Brew are not the same. Cold Brew is a full immersion brew method, meaning the water and coffee grinds are combined and left to brew together. It typically is brewed with a bigger brew ratio, and results in a filter style brew. Cold Drip is brewed by dripping water through a bed of coffee for an extended period of time, and results in a thick, rich and syrupy brew.

Cold drip is loved by its fans for its concentrated, syrupy and boozy flavour profile. It is a concentrate that can be diluted with water or milk or served straight over ice for an intense coffee shot.

Cold Drip can last up to two weeks if refrigerated and kept in an airtight container.

We suggest enjoying everything in moderation! In some ways, black coffee can be considered healthier than drinks with added dairy or alternative milks. It is also claimed that coffee filtered through paper is healthier as the filter reduces the amount of cafestol in the final beverage. Cafestol is an oil in coffee that is claimed to raise cholesterol in high doses. If you’re concerned, we suggest speaking to a medical professional!

Similarly to cold brew, either filter roast or espresso roast coffee can be used depending on the desired result. For a bright, fruity brew to drink black, we recommend using a filter roast. For a bolder brew, and for those adding milk, coffee roasted for espresso is best! Make sure you use a medium-coarse grind for making cold drip

Coffee can be used as a plant fertilizer - simply throw it in your garden! Otherwise you can throw it in your home compost, or, if your local council picks up organic waste, throw it in your organics bin.

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