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Sharing is caring - a manual for cold brewing tasty coffee

Finally, here it it: the secret guide to cold brewed coffee goodness from the pros. How does Good Spirits guarantee full-on tastiness with every coffee we brew? And how can you achieve this at home too, to suit your coffee and most of all your personal taste?

Cold brew = ground coffee + cold water + a lot of time. Right? Wrong!

There’s a lot more to this drink than just that:

Grind Setting

I’m sure you all know what happens when your grind setting is too fine: a more bitter coffee with a sandier mouthfeel. With cold brew and other cold beverages, clean, sweet, and juicy flavors work best – so keep it on the coarser side. This is usually at the same setting as for cupping.

Amount of Coffee

The dosage you use depends on how you prefer to drink your cold brew: with milk, straight from the glass, on the rocks, or in long drinks. Dosage controls the mouthfeel, and there’s no wrong way to do it. 60-80g tends to be light and refreshing, but if you’re adding other ingredients you might find that it’s too light. 80-120g, on the other hand, is more intense. It has a smooth mouthfeel that’s like an espresso – amazing for when you want to add some milk.


If you like your coffee sweet, try starting your brewing at higher temperatures. A hot bloom will really bring out the sweetness. But if you prefer more acidity, leave your cold brew jug in the fridge for the whole extraction.

Extraction Time

Considering extraction time is essential, since it affects the aftertaste. It’s especially important to consider this when you’re working with a more developed, darker roast. 8-16 hours will produce a juicy and light aftertaste, with less of a bitter profile. 16-30 hours, on the other hand, will create a deeper, richer, and sweeter cup with every hour that goes by – but it could also result in a dryer aftertaste.

Since it takes about a day to make and taste cold brew, don’t just try one recipe at a time. Do two to three so you can compare them and then decide which you prefer.

Get ready to taste your cold brews.

Just like with hot coffee, every little detail of your cold brew method dramatically impacts on the final flavour.

So what are you waiting for? Try for yourself or make sure that you have an emergency stock of carefully selected Good Spirits cold brew in the house, just in case you can t wait till the 24 hours extraction time is up!

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