Guide to GREAT Cold Brew Coffee

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Summer is GREAT, but sometimes hot coffee in scorching days seem... impossible.

Let's talk about brewing great cold brew coffee.

Cold Brew - coffee brewed with cold water instead of hot water. Brewed with reverse osmosis method throughout 12~16 hours.

It is smoother, stronger, and more flavorful.

To brew a delicious cold brew, you would need:

  • 1 oz coarsely ground coffee
  • 10 oz cold ~ room temperature water
  • French press
  • 1 teaspoon of raw brown sugar
  1.  Put the ground coffee in the french press
  2.  Pour water over the ground coffee, stir for even extraction
  3.  Add the brown sugar
  4.  Cover the mixture and leave it in room temperature for 12~16 hours
  5.  Dilute if too strong, otherwise ENJOY!

We recommend David's Blend for bold coffee flavor
and Jane's Blend for smooth fruity flavor.

 

Now you can enjoy the summer to its FULLEST!

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Happy Summer!

- Wing Beans Team -

 

Organic Colombia Satander Coffee- Why It's Worth it!

Colombian Coffee is from La Pradera Estate, Satander and it's great coffee for a great cause. Why? It's not only organic, but it's Rainforest Alliance approved, Smithsonian Bird-Friendly, and stamped with Fair Trade. Amazing, no?

So what does this mean? 

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance is an organization that supports environmental, social, and economic sustainability. In other words,  products with this certified seal are grown and harvested on farms and forests that follow sustainable practice. They can achieve this by focusing on agriculture, forestry, and tourism.

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They teach the best methods to small farmers and communities on farming techniques that meets the standards of sustainable agriculture. This includes:

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Improved livelihoods and human well-being
  • Natural resource conservation
  • Effective planning and farm management systems

You can read more information here that explains for forestry and economics. 

 

Smithsonian Bird-Friendly

The bird-friendly seal of approval coffee means that these coffee beans were grown specifically under a canopy of trees that does not interfere with the wildlife and it's habitat. 
 

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Three-quarters of the world's coffee farms destroy forest habitat to grow coffee in the sun and typically use harmful pesticides and fertilizers that poison the environment. This directly affects migratory song birds and other wildlife. Therefore, this organization helps prevent forests from being wiped out into farmlands so there is a habitat provided for songbirds, insect biodiversity, and other wildlife. 

This not only helps the environment but the farmers as well as they can earn more for their crops. The farmers also do not use pesticides or herbicides - so it is organic! 

Where does our Colombian Coffee from?

 

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La Pradera is an estate with large plantations of single-origin coffee in the department of Santander. The estate is family owned and managed by producer Oscar Daza. This estate has been the main source of income for Oscar and his family for many years. Oscar works along with his wife and their two children. They experiment with different varietals and they plan on improving the quality of their coffee even more in the years to come.

 


 

Top 5 Easy Tea-infused Drinks Using Only 3 Ingredients

Tea is such a blessing in disguise to really spruce up your drinks for any seasons. You can have iced teas to hot teas that give you that extra warmth. Spring is coming up and it’s the perfect time to add a mix of warm and cold tea infused beverages to up your game in drinks! We have made a list of drinks that require 3 ingredients excluding the tea bag as the main base. It can really be used with any tea for most of these recipes and should be super quick to make!

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1.Milk Tea

It is the easiest drink to make as these ingredients are most common in any kitchen and you don’t need to always go an Asian café to get your fix! Depending on the tea, you can create Thai Milk Tea to Indian Spiced Milk Tea.

 

Ingredients

1.      Milk (or Almond/Soy Milk for vegans!)

2.      Sugar/Honey/Condensed Milk

3.      Tea bag  (Wingbeans English Breakfast tea is a great choice!)

4.      Boba (optional)

5.      Ice Cubes (optional)


Directions

1.      Add a little bit of hot water to your cup just enough to get concentrated tea

2.      Add in your tea bag and wait for it to seep for about 2 minutes.

3.      Add in the sweetener of your choice. This can be in any amount depending on how sweet you like your drink to be.

4.      Mix well to dissolve the sweetener well into the drink.

5.      Add ice (optional) and then fill the cup with cold milk.  If you want hot, then fill the rest of the cup with warm milk.

 

If you want to make it a bubble tea, put in the boba (tapioca balls) in a pot of boiling water and simmer them for about 20 minutes. Drain them and you can then add them to any drink!

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2. Mojito Iced Tea

This is quite a fun drink to make for friends coming over and it’s one that you can quickly turn into a cocktail if you want to party it up!

 

Ingredients

 1. Mint Tea bag  (We recommend Wingbeans Moroccan Mint Tea)

2. Sugar or Honey

3. Mint (optional for extra garnish and taste)

4. Lime

5. Ice

6. Sparkling water (optional)

 


Directions

1.      Add a little bit of hot water to your cup just enough to get concentrated tea

2.      Add in your tea bag and wait for it to seep for about 2 minutes.

3.      Add in the sweetener of your choice. This can be in any amount depending on how sweet you like your drink to be.

4.      Mix well to dissolve the sweetener well into the drink.

5.      Add in the ice cubes and mint and fill the rest of the cup with water. (Or you can do half sparkling water and half alcohol like gin)

6.      Squeeze in half a lime to your cup and mix well.

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3. Fruity Iced Tea

This is quite a fun drink to make for friends coming over and it’s one that you can quickly turn into a cocktail if you want to party it up!

Ingredients

              1.  Tea bag  (Perfection with our Wingbeans Prairie Fairy Tea)

2. Fruit Juice

3. Ice

4. Sparkling Water (optional)

5. Fruit (optional)


Directions

1.      Add a little bit of hot water to your cup just enough to get concentrated tea

2.      Add in your tea bag and wait for it to seep for about 2 minutes.

3.      Fill your cup with ice. 

4.      Add in the fruit juice of your choice to fill in the rest of your cup.

5.      You can do ¾ part fruit juice and ¼ sparkling water and add in some fruits for some aesthetics! (optional)

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3. Chai Latte

Who doesn’t love this spicy Indian drink whether it’s in the summer or winter? It’s so addictive and super simple to make at home!

 

Ingredients

              1.  Chai Tea bag 

2. Milk

3. Condensed Milk/ Sugar/ Honey

4. Ice (optional)

5. espresso shot ( optional for some dirty chai lattes)


Directions

1.      Add a little bit of hot water to your cup just enough to get concentrated tea

2.      Add in your tea bag and wait for it to seep for about 2 minutes.

3.      Add in your shot of espresso. (optional)

4.      Add in the sweetener of your choice. This can be in any amount depending on how sweet you like your drink to be.

5.      Mix well to dissolve the sweetener well into the drink.

6.      Fill the rest of your cup with warm milk

7.      Fill your cup with ice. (optional for cold drink) and add in the milk to fill your cup.

 

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4. London Fog Latte

You can impress your friends and family with this warm and comforting drink secretly knowing how easy this was to make.

 

Ingredients

              1.  Earl Grey Tea bag (We like to use Wingbeans Blue Earl Grey

2. Milk

4. Vanilla Syrup (or just sugar and vanilla extract)


Directions

1.      Add a little bit of hot water to your cup just enough to get concentrated tea

2.      Add in your tea bag and wait for it to seep for about 2 minutes.

3.      Add in the Vanilla syrup and you can measure depending on your taste.

4.      Mix well to dissolve everything well into the drink.

5.      Fill the rest of your cup with warm milk.

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5. Green Tea Frappuccino

Yes. You can make it at home without hitting up the nearest Starbucks and breaking that bank! This same idea can be applied with any tea or coffee for some extra creativity.

 

Ingredients

 1.  1tbs Green Tea Powder (We love using our Wingbeans Matcha Powder

2. Milk

3. 1/2tsp Vanilla Syrup (or just sugar and vanilla extract)

4. Ice

5. Whip Cream (optional)


Directions

1.      Add all the ingredients into a blender. ( 1 to 1 ratio for milk and ice like 1 cup milk and 1 cup ice)

2.      Blend and add whip cream on top for extra garnish

 

These drinks takes the 5 minutes that you would be waiting in line at a cafe and are very simple to make while being nice to your wallet. Hope you enjoyed these recipes!

Coffee Brewing 101

"Hey James, how do you brew YOUR coffee?"

This is a very common question my friends ask me. They never expect me to tell them: "I just use a french press"

What if I tell you that you don't need to spend a ton of money for great cups of coffee?

When we are brewing coffee, we are technically extracting the flavor of the coffee. There are 3 types of extracting methods:

  • Immersion
    Ground coffee is immersed into hot or cold water. e.g. French Press & Cold Brew
  • Filtration
    Water flows through ground coffee. Filter keeps coffee from flowing with hot water. e.g. Pour Over & regular coffee machine
  • Pressure Extraction
    Water flows through the more finely ground coffee with the assist of external pressure. e.g Espresso Machine & Moka Pot

There are both pros and cons of all these methods. There isn't really a best way of brewing coffee; it's a preference, hence finding your favorite way of brewing coffee might be the wise idea. But all of the above methods, except the espresso machine, will not cost you more than $25.

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Immersion

French Press

  • Easy to clean
  • Beautiful consistency
  • Quick and easy process

I personally have a 10oz french press that I use everyday.
French Press is simple, quick, and easy to clean up after.

Brew Time: 5 minutes
Grind Size: Coarse
Ratio Coffee to Water: 1:10

1. Put coffee grind into french press
2. Pour hot water half way
3. Stir gently (wooden utensil preferably)
4. Pour hot water to top, wait 4 minutes.
5. Press down and pour all the coffee out to prevent over extraction.

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Cold Brew with French Press 

French press can also be used to brew beautiful Cold Brew coffee.

1. Put coffee grind into french press
2. Pour room temperature water
3. Let it sit for 12~16 hours (room temperature) 24~30 hours (refrigerated)
4. Press down and pour all the coffee out to prevent over extraction.

Ratio should be 1:10 or less! Dilution is also an art of cold brew iced coffee. So if you think the coffee is too strong, just dilute the coffee with ice or water!

TIP - Clean Up Time!
Pour some water in the french press, swirl it couple of times, then pour it through a sink strainer.

Filtration

Coffee maker invention is probably in the same tier of discovery with "sliced bread". Automatic coffee makers made brewing as simple as a press of a button. But still my friends ask me that they just can't get the flavor "right". Two major methods of filtration brewing methods are pour over and drip coffee makers.

Pour Over

  • More evenly extracted flavor - tastes better
  • You look like a coffee expert
  • Can brew as little as a cup

Brew Time: 3~6 minutes
Grind Size: Fine
Ratio Coffee to Water: 1:16

1. Place filter
2. Wet the filter evenly with hot water
3. Pour coffee grind (1oz)
4. Pour hot water evenly until all grinds are wet, then stop.
5. Wait about 10 seconds for the "bloom" to finish then start pouring (4oz)
6. Pour hot water from inside to outside, not hitting the wall, in a circular motion (6oz)
7. Repeat step 6 (6oz)
8. You should have brewed about 12oz of coffee with 1oz of coffee grind (step 3) and 16oz of water (step 5,6, and 7)

Here is a short pour video featuring Jane's blend that was uploaded some time ago. This will give you the idea of how you need to pour the water evenly.

Tip - Alternative Style
If you brew a concentrated coffee by skipping step 7 and 8, and dilute the coffee concentrate with hot water, you'll get a different flavor. This method of brewing coffee is called "bypass" or "bypassing".

Drip Coffee Makers

Tip - Even Extraction!
If you stir the grind during the process of pouring hot water over the coffee, you can improve the flavor of the coffee tremendously. This is to extract the flavors evenly.

Tip - Time of Brew
For any filtration brewing methods, brew time is also recommended to be measured for consistency of the coffee.

For coarser grinds, try to keep the brew time above 5 minutes by pouring as little water as possible each pour.
For finer grinds, try to keep the brew time under 3 minutes by pouring as much water as possible each pour.

  • Easy as coffee, water, button!
  • Automatic
  • Can keep coffee hot for a longer amount of time 

Brew Time: 3~6 minutes
Grind Size: Fine
Ratio Coffee to Water: 1:16

1. Place filter in the basket
2. Pour water in the reservoir
3. Pour coffee in the filter
4. Close the lid and press the brew button

Pressure Extraction

In my opinion, just because aeropress coffee makers are part of this brewing method, (part of it filtration, also I guess), this wins the flavor contest. Pressure extraction uses external pressure for the water to go into extra fine ground coffee. Moka pots, aeropress, and espresso machines are the major representatives of this brewing method.

Brew Time: less than 1 minute (for moka pots, a little longer.)
Grind Size: extra fine
Ratio Coffee to Water: 1:3~12

Moka pot is the most common (and most historical) brewing methods of this kind found in households. It uses pressure from the water molecules expanding in the water chamber to push the steam through the coffee through a tube.

Espresso machine is the most common brewing methods of this kind in commercial areas. It uses water pressure and boiler pressure (built from heat) to push the water through the extra fine ground coffee stored in the basket of the portafilter.

Aeropress is a beautiful combination of filtration, pressure extraction, AND immersion where hot water is manually pushed through coffee and a round paper filter. In my opinion, coffee brewed by reverse aeropress was the best tasting so far.

There is a whole science and explanation behind pressure extraction and THAT I will bore you with NEXT time. Happy Brewing! :)