As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Sous vide cold brew: how to make a quick refreshing coffee

There’s no shortage of ingenuity when it comes to coffee brewing methods, so when I first found out about sous vide cold brew, I thought “oh my, this is brilliant!”

First off, cold brew coffee is just amazing. It’s cool, refreshing, and not at all acidic. It’s got the intensity of coffee but minus the acidity. The only disadvantage is that you have to give it 12 to 24 hours to brew. But who has 24 hours in today’s fast-paced world, right?

We want cold brew!

When do we want it? NOW! So when I found out about sous vide cold brew and that it could be made in a fraction of the time, I was intrigued.

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano | Bluetooth | 750W | Anova App Included

How sous vide works and why sous vide cold brew is so cool

Sous vide is a method of food preparation/preservation that uses vacuum sealing and submerging in a medium-temperature water bath for an extended period of time. There are special immersion sous vide heaters that maintain the temperature of the water bath.

Oh, and you’ll need a LOT of water. A few gallons, at least, depending on the size of the thing you’re trying to cook. Since we’re talking about a 32 ounce or larger mason jar here, you’ll need a pretty big container.

If a food normally takes 1 hour to cook, it will probably take 6-7 hours in sous vide.

However, some brilliant people went ahead and decided to reverse the method! If something takes 12 hours to brew, it should be done in sous vide in just two hours!

Why sous vide cold brew is so cool

FREE COURSE

Learn how to brew the best coffee of your life

Sign up now to get started with our easy to follow and easy to implement guides. You'll never want to drink instant coffee again!

Brewing coffee at home is quite easy thanks to the various methods available, but there are only a few temperatures you can reasonably achieve:

  • 40ish degrees F in the fridge
  • 70ish degrees F on the kitchen counter
  • 200 degrees F by letting boiling water sit for some time

As far as most traditional coffee brewing methods go, you’re limited to these temperature ranges. At 40 to 70 degrees F, you’re stuck waiting for hours for your cold brew coffee. At 200 degrees F, you can brew within 4-5 minutes, but the acidity will come through in the final.

Since sous vide lets you control the temperature to many varying degrees in between, it opens up a lot more possibilities for brewing.

The science is not absolutely established, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to demonstrate that brewing at 150 degrees F is an ideal temperature for a quick sous vide cold brew coffee.

It seems to be just enough to extract enough flavor quickly, but not too high as to bring out too much acidity and bitterness.

It’s also a neat way to save time! If you feel like having some cold brew coffee and don’t want to wait for hours and hours, a quick 2 hour sous vide will yield you some really nice coffee.

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano | Bluetooth | 750W | Anova App Included
  • PERFECT RESULTS EVERY TIME: Never over or undercook your food again. The Anova Precision Cooker Nano sous vide (pronounced “sue-veed”) circulates water at the exact temperature required for perfectly cooked meals, no matter what's on your menu. Use the Anova App to access thousands of free recipes and monitor your cook from your phone via Bluetooth.
  • WHAT TO COOK: Sous vide cooking s the perfect level of doneness for nearly any food of your choosing. Chicken, fish, vegetables, eggs, beef, lamb, pork and more are all ideal candidates for sous vide circulation. The ability to lock in flavor and moisture during the cooking process results in texture and taste that is second to none.
  • SMALL BUT MIGHTY: At almost 2 inches smaller than the original Anova Precision Cooker, Nano is small enough to fit into your kitchen drawer for quick and easy storage, but powerful enough to prepare food for a table of four. Nano easily attaches to any stock pot or container with a fixed clamp, and is constructed of super durable plastic that's easy to clean.
  • EASY TO USE: Simply attach the Precision Cooker to your own pot or container, fill the pot or container with water, add your food in a sealed bag, and cook manually with the built-in controls or from your phone with the Anova App.
  • CUSTOMER PROMISE: Designed in San Francisco, CA with a 2 year . Anova delivers thousands of sous vide receipes for free in the Anova App, created for cooks of every skill level by award-winning chefs and home cooks alike. The numbers speak for themselves – with over 60 million units sold to date and half a million #Anovafoodnerds worldwide, you could say people love cooking with Anova. Try it yourself and find out why with our 100-day money-back .

What kind of ratio to use

When it comes to sous vide coffee, one question that you’ll probably have is what ratio of ground coffee to water is the right one to use.

The answer could not be simpler: just use the regular cold brew coffee ratio you’ve always used.

Whether that’s 1:4, 1:8, or anything that tastes good for you, stick with it.

Using sous vide just cuts the brewing time to two hours from twelve hours. The taste is nearly identical to what you would experience from a refrigerated or room temperature brew.

What kind of grounds to use

Again, stick to the same coffee grounds you use for regular cold brew. A coarse grind will help ensure that there is no over-extraction even though the temperature is a little bit higher than normal.

A recipe for sous vide cold brew coffee

What you’ll need:

  • A sous vide set up
  • Mason jars
  • Ground coffee
  • A way to filter the coffee

Here’s what you do:

  1. Measure out coffee beans using your preferred ratio and grind them to the coarsest grind possible.
  2. Fill up your mason jars with coffee and water using the ratio you choose, and screw the lids on. Don’t over-tighten, but the lid should be watertight. For a 1:8 ratio, use 125 grams of coffee for every liter of water.
  3. Fully submerge the mason jars containing your sous vide coffee in a water bath and set the temperature on your sous vide immersion cooker to 150 degrees F.
  4. Let it brew for two hours.
  5. Remove the mason jars from the water bath and filter out the coffee into a jug or container. Use a paper filter to end up with a really clean cup.
  6. Refrigerate until cool, and enjoy by diluting with your preferred amount of water/milk/ice, or drinking straight if using the 1:8 ratio.

Frequently asked questions

Can you make any kind of sous vide?

Technically, it is possible to sous vide hot coffee too. You’ll just end up with a cold brew concentrate that you could dilute, heat up, and drink.
Cold brew is certainly enjoyed best when, well, cold, but if you’ve got a hankering for hot coffee and all you have lying around is some cold brew concentrate, there’s no reason you can’t make some hot coffee out of it.
The flavors will already be quite mellow from the lower brewing temperature, so you will end up with quite an enjoyable cup.

What ratios can I use for sous vide coffee?

Try 1:8 for something you can drink straight, or 1:4 for something you can dilute. There are also recipes that call for 1:2 ratios but that makes an incredibly strong concentrate and you’ll have to use a huge amount of coffee grounds.

Can you sous vide tea?

Sure! Steeping tea in sous vide thermocirculators requires just 10 minutes.

Last update on 2020-07-10 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc, or its affiliates.

About Shabbir

Shabbir is the Chief Caffeine Officer at Coffee In My Veins. When he's not weighing out coffee beans for his next brew, you can find him writing about his passion: coffee.

shares