Cold brewed coffee is typically made using coarse grounds because the larger surface area allows for greater flavor extraction.
The grounds must be coarse enough to allow large extraction of flavor from the coffee during the brewing process.
But can you also make cold brew with fine ground coffee?
You can make cold brew with fine ground coffee. In fact, that’s the way most people make it because it’s less messy and faster to steep. However, if you use a finer grind, you’ll need to use more coffee to get the same strength as with a coarser grind.
You can accomplish this in a variety of ways, which I’ll cover in this article.
Cold brew with fine ground coffee; does it taste good?
Yes, cold brew with fine ground coffee does taste good. The finer the grind of the coffee, the more surface area there is for the coffee to come in contact with water, and therefore the quicker it will release all its delicious flavor.
This means that a finer grind will give you a more robust coffee flavor. However, if you use a finer grind than is necessary, it can also lead to over-extraction and a bitter flavor.
Another thing to consider is that a finer grind will extract more of the caffeine from the coffee beans, so your cold brew will be more caffeinated than if you used a coarser grind.
You can make a delicious cold brew with fine ground coffee, but it’s necessary to keep track of your brew and use the right technique for it to turn out amazing. More on this below:
What is the best coffee to water ratio for this cold brew?
A 1:10 ratio of coffee to water will make this cold brew coffee turn out delicious while not being too strong. This will give you a rich and smooth flavor.
For a more concentrated brew, you can use higher coffee to water ratios like 1:8 or even 1:6.
But I find that the resulting brew is too strong and bitter that way. Experiment and find what ratio works best for you.
You can, however, dilute the cold brew coffee with cold tap water after it’s done steeping. This is called making a cold brew concentrate, which is best achieved using more coffee in your brew.
I prefer making a batch of cold brew coffee that is drinkable without needing to dilute it, but this is just my preference.
How long do you steep this cold brew?
It depends on how strong you like your cold brew. I like to let mine steep for about 15 hours. Some people prefer it a little weaker and will only steep for 12 hours, but I find that the flavor isn’t as strong.
Either way, you can have a taste every few hours until your cold brew has the right amount of strength for you.
As a finer coffee grind is used for this recipe, observing the cold brew and having a taste in between will be the best way to check that it’s not too overpowering for your taste.
The finer coffee grounds can easily over-extract, leaving you with a less enjoyable flavor.
What kind of coffee beans work best for this recipe?
Medium and dark roast coffee beans work best for cold brew coffee because they contain more oils and acids than light roast beans.
These oils and acids dissolve better in water, which is essential for making a smooth, rich-tasting cold brew.
If you want to know about some amazing coffee beans to use, you can check out my recommendations here for cold brew.
Also, make sure to grind your coffee beans fresh just before brewing for the best results.
You can use a burr grinder or an automatic grinder – I like the Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill from Amazon.com because it’s affordable and easy to use.
How to make cold brew with fine ground coffee
To make cold brew with fine ground coffee, you will need:
- Coffee – Use a medium or dark roast coffee with a fine grind.
- Water – Filtered water is best, but tap water will also work.
- A pitcher – I like to use a 32 oz pitcher for my cold brew.
- Cheesecloth – Optional but helpful if you want a clearer brew.
- A scale – Optional but helpful if you want to be precise with your measurements.
- A strainer – I prefer using a fine-mesh strainer, but more on filtering below.
- Add 100 grams of fine coffee grounds to your French press or container.
- Add 1000 ml of cold water and stir well.
- Put the lid on your French press or container and let it sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours. I like to go for 15 hours.
- After 12-24 hours, plunge the French press or pour the cold brew from the container into another container or pitcher, using a cheesecloth if needed to filter out any grounds.
Note: You can scale up the recipe when making it for more people. You can stick to the 1:10 ratio of coffee to water for a well-balanced taste.
Now that you know about the easy steps to make cold brew with fine coffee grounds, let’s talk about the best ways to filter out those fine coffee grounds that will inevitably be in your cold brew coffee.
How to filter fine coffee grounds from cold brew
Because a fine coffee grind will leave you with small bits of coffee in your cold brew, you want to get rid of them to enjoy a smooth coffee. You can follow the steps listed below to filter your cold brew:
- Pour the cold brew coffee into a fine-mesh strainer placed over a bowl or pitcher.
- Gently stir the coffee grounds around with a spoon to help them release their liquid.
- Let the coffee strain for at least 20 minutes, or until all the liquid has been strained out of the grounds. You can also leave it to strain overnight in the fridge if you prefer.
- Once done, discard the grounds and enjoy your delicious cold brew coffee!
If you feel like your coffee grounds are super fine and are still in your cold brew, you can also opt to use a coffee filter, which is the way I’ve shown above.
Rinse the coffee filter and place it in the designated coffee brewer (or pitcher and bind it with a rubber band), and slowly pour the cold brew coffee on top.
Let the coffee run through until all cold brew is filtered. You’ll be left with a smooth cold brew coffee that you can leave in the fridge for the coming days.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and learned something new about making cold brew with fine coffee grounds.
It’s a great addition to any home barista’s repertoire, so give it a try! Drink up and enjoy your morning cup of joe like never before.
This brewing method will help you get rid of those pre-ground coffees that have been in your cabinet way too long.
If you’d like to use your homemade cold brew coffee for a delicious recipe, you can check out some of my favorites below!