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  • Brewing Coffee & The Key Factors To Consider For Your Water

    Brewing Coffee & The Key Factors To Consider For Your Water

    Apart from the coffee beans and brewing process, the water quality can also make the difference between a mediocre batch of coffee and a great tasting one. This often overlooked factor for good-tasting coffee takes the spotlight in this blog post, as we outline why using high-quality water is paramount if you want your cold brew coffee (and any other kind of coffee, for that matter) to turn out delectable.  

    As you may recall, coffee only requires two ingredients: coffee beans and water. Those passionate about their cup of joe will be careful in their selection of coffee beans, assessing their quality, origin, and whether they are organic. While all that is undoubtedly critical to brewing great coffee, the fact is that brewed coffee is still around 98% water, despite its strong and intense flavour. In short, the water quality ensures you extract just the right amount of flavour every time. Below, we outline the four key factors to keep in mind regarding the water you brew your coffee with. 

    1. The water must be 100% pure

    As mentioned, coffee mainly consists of water, hence the need to be conscious about your water. It should have no discernable taste and must not be distilled entirely. Despite being safe, tap water should not be used if possible as it may seriously affect the taste of your brew. Clear water should also be scrutinised even with its appearance as it could contain unwanted minerals‚ÄĒchlorine, magnesium, calcium, fluoride, etc.‚ÄĒthat can also change the flavour of the coffee.¬†

    Ideally, use natural spring water as its mineral contents have properties that enable proper extraction during the brewing process.

    2. Brew temperature is important

    Most automatic drip coffee equipment does not heat up enough, sending slightly cool water through the coffee grinds and typically results in a pot with a slightly sour taste. Nothing can be done to fix the issue except to invest in an SCAA-approved automatic drip pot or a manual coffee maker.

    Opting for a stove-top kettle when heating your water for any manual brewing process is recommended. When the kettle starts to whistle, turn off the heat and let it sit for a minute. Doing so enables the water to reach 93-96¬įC, the ideal temperature for brewing coffee.

    3. Water affects brewing equipment

    The water used in making your favourite cold brew coffee in Singapore and other coffees affects the brewing equipment's longevity and the elbow grease needed to maintain and clean them. Water that is not pure and contains additional minerals, such as tap water, may lead to residue build-up inside brewers, kettles, and the inside of countertop espresso machines. Hence, soft water (slightly slimy with fewer minerals) or hard water (more residue and minerals) will make cleaning more difficult. 

    4. Hot water is not just for brewing 

    When waiting for the coffee to brew, pour some hot water into a cup and let it sit until it is finished. The result is a cup that stays warmer much longer. When using a manual brewing process (Pour over, French press, Chemex), do the same before adding the grinds. Pre-heating the vessel will maintain the coffee's temperature throughout the brewing, enabling proper extraction.

     

    Conclusion

    When brewing coffee, water is the unsung hero that gets you the perfect cup to start your mornings right. Hopefully, with the tips we've shared, you can improve your brewing process and, ultimately, the flavour of your favourite coffee.

    Besides using good quality ingredients, improving your home brew recipe also entails trying out other types of coffee and expanding your taste palate. In that case, why not give our cold brew coffee a try here at Wake The Crew? We offer cold brew delivery in Singapore that gets you the best-tasting cold brew coffee on the island born from our passion and years of experimentation to bring out the full flavour of our concentrates. Don't hesitate to contact us today to learn more about our products, subscription plans, and other services!

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  • Push The Limits Of Cold Brew With These 4 Cocktail Recipes

    Push The Limits Of Cold Brew With These 4 Cocktail Recipes

    Have you ever faced a dilemma wherein you're torn between going for a refreshing cup of joe or a pleasant cocktail? With cold brew coffee, you can now enjoy both simultaneously! And in case you're wondering, a cold brew coffee cocktail is far from a gimmick. In truth, many coffee shops and bars worldwide offer such beverages and their offerings only grow by the day as it continues to rise in popularity. 

    Despite cold brew being darker and richer than most everyday cocktail ingredients, drink crafters and bartenders have found creative ways to make new and delicious drinks. So, if you're ready to get a taste of this exciting combination, read on as we share four tantalising cold brew cocktails recipes you can make at home!

    1. Hot Toddy Cold Brew

    In this recipe, the wintertime favourite Hot Toddy comes with a caffeine twist resulting in a rich and warm beverage that will be a satisfying drink on those cool evenings. Moreover, this is also great to have whenever you're feeling under the weather or have a sore throat, but that's no reason to enjoy it even when your health is fine.

    Combine the following ingredients, stir well until fully melted, and add in the honey to make this drink.

    • 1-ounce bourbon whiskey
    • 1-ounce cold brew coffee
    • ¬Ĺ lemon juice
    • 6-ounce water
    • 1 tablespoon of honey

    2. Midnight Hour Rum Sour

    The deep-noted sourness of this classy drink plays well into the strengths of cold brew coffee. It's dark, deep, comes with a vibrant tang, and is undeniably a delicious beverage. Making this one requires stirring the ingredients below with ice and topping it off with lemon zest as garnish. When it comes to your choice of cold brew, it's recommended to go for something with a darker flavour, such as the Colombian with its dark yet fruity signature or the Brazil that features some chocolatey goodness.

    • 2-ounce dark rum
    • 2-ounce cold brew coffee
    • ¬Ĺ lemon juice
    • ¬Ĺ ounce brown sugar simple syrup
    • Ice
    • Lemon zest

    3. Cold Brew Martini

    If you want to steal the show at a cocktail party, you can never go wrong with a glass of cold brew martini, one of the most high-class coffee cocktails. The cold brew's rounded flavour is mixed with a hint of sweetness from the sugar and polished with a touch of coffee liqueur. The light layer of foam covering the drink's surface adds a unique texture to the overall drink. The steps involve mixing the cold brew concentrate, vodka, syrup, and coffee liqueur in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain the contents into a martini glass. Lastly, immediately add 3 whole coffee beans as a garnish.

    • 2-ounce vodka
    • 2-ounce cold brew coffee
    • ¬Ĺ simple syrup
    • 1-ounce coffee liqueur
    • 3 coffee beans

    4. Cold Brew Coffee Negroni

    For this unique take on the negroni recipe, the cold brew concentrate typically serves to substitute the gin, but you may opt to keep it in if you so wish. This drink can be crafted by stirring everything together and topping it with an orange peel garnish. The cherry and orange sweetness paired with the Campari's cinnamon notes harmonises with the cold brew coffee.

    • 1-ounce Campari
    • 1-ounce sweet vermouth
    • 5-ounce cold brew coffee
    • Orange peel

     

    Conclusion

    Once you've tried these recipes, your home bar will never be the same again. Of course, these are only samples of what you can do with cold brew coffee, and there are many other unique ways to use concentrates. 

    Can't wait to try these out and experiment with your own concoctions? Shop for bottled cold brew coffee today and get the main ingredient you need!

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  • Cold Brew At Home: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Making Yours

    Cold Brew At Home: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Making Yours

    As you may now have discovered, coffee offers unlimited flexibility owing to its many different variations in recipes, coffee bean grounds, and the brewing process. Those looking to venture into the vast world of coffee making will eventually stumble upon cold brew coffee. For the uninitiated, the first thing to know about cold brew coffee is that it is far from being just hot coffee poured over ice.  

    Instead, it's best to think of this distinctly strong and often pricier coffee that peaks in popularity during the hot days of summer as an entirely different beast. It's made slowly by steeping coffee beans before straining them out, resulting in a smooth and sweet brew that lacks hot brewed coffee's acidity and bitterness. Although making it yourself at home is relatively simple, we must admit that it does involve a bit more than just pouring water onto a batch of coffee beans and forgetting about them. 

    If you're interested in making your own cold brew at home, avoid these common mistakes to ensure your first sip is one to remember.

    1. Using the wrong beans

    While it may sound obvious, the type of beans you use is one of the most important factors regardless of which brewing process you opt for. In this case, use a quality batch of relatively new coffee beans. In most cases, those that are several weeks old should be the upper limit. Even though the cold brew process is far more forgiving when it comes to the age of beans, using those that are already months old will only lead to noticing its lifeless qualities.

    2. Grinding them too fine 

    Other brewing methods like pour-over require finely grinding the beans. Fine ground coffee will lead to being over-extracted and result in bitter coffee. However, that is not the case with cold brew since it involves steeping the grounds for 12-24 hours, so make sure to grind them coarsely instead.

    3. Using the wrong ratio 

    The basic formula is one gallon of water to one pound of grounded coffee beans when making cold brew. For the average coffee lover just trying to experiment at home, a suitable ratio would be four cups of water to a quarter-pound of grounded coffee beans.

    4. Not diluting the concentrate

    No matter how long you steep your beans, the cold brew concentrate will generally be too strong to consume directly. Therefore, dilute it by mixing with water or another liquid of your choosing, such as cream or milk and its many alternatives, to cut down the intensity. When you follow the 1 gallon:1 pound ratio, your cold brew should contain roughly double the caffeine in hot drip coffee. Cutting that half and half with water will keep your caffeine consumption at moderate levels while also mitigating the intensity.

     5. Storing the brew for too long

    There are several reasons why cold brew is better - one being their longer shelf life. If you have some undiluted cold brew concentrate left, you can keep it chilled in the fridge for up to two weeks. However, note that its flavour quality will typically degrade past the first week. If you opted to add water to cut the concentrate further, its shelf life would decrease to just two to three days.

     

    Conclusion

    Making your own cold brew at home certainly sounds exciting and well-worth trying out. Hopefully, these tips and some trial and error will help you land on the perfect concoction. Before getting started, why not check out our ready-to-drink cold brew coffee in Singapore first for some inspiration?

    At Wake The Crew, our coffee concentrates and bottled cold brews are freshly brewed in our SFA-approved microbrewery in Singapore. We offer delivery, wholesale options, and more! Contact us today to get your caffeine fix!

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