Making cold brew coffee with pumpkin
When fall arrives, it’s time to use pumpkin for everything, and that includes coffee. If it needs to be well below freezing before you indulge in hot coffee, you may be wondering how to make pumpkin cold brew.
While you can make pumpkin coffee many ways, there are two particularly popular options: pumpkin spice cold brew and pumpkin cream cold brew. Both are excellent in their own way, the pumpkin spice offers subtle flavors and the pumpkin cream is sweetly delicious.
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew
This recipe produces a black cold brew delicately infused with pumpkin spice flavors.
You need a coarse grind to make cold brew coffee, so you’ll need a coffee grinder to grind your own beans. If you don’t have one and don’t intend to buy one, you can always buy the beans from a specialty store that will grind them for you and order a coarse grind for cold brewing.
Grind the beans on the coarsest setting. You will need 1 cup of ground coffee beans.
You will need about 2 teaspoons of ground pumpkin spice. While you can use a pumpkin spice blend, it’s best to coarsely grind or grate whole spices for a smoother coffee. Preground spices are fine enough to pass through cheesecloth used for straining.
If you make your own spices, you will need about 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, and a pinch of cloves.
Mix spices, 1 cup ground coffee, and 4 cups cold or room temperature water in a large glass jar or divide into two smaller jars.
Cover the mixture and put in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. Around 6 p.m. is the sweet spot for a cold beer that has a good flavor, but is not overly strong.
Strain the coffee through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. You can drink it straight from the fridge if you want a standard cold brew stout with a subtle pumpkin flavor, or you can add milk and the sweetener of your choice.
How to make cold pumpkin cream
This recipe produces a cold black drink topped with pumpkin cream for a sweet and velvety drink.
As with the previous recipe, you will need to grind your own coffee beans at the coarsest setting your coffee grinder offers. You will need 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee for this recipe.
Mix this ground coffee with 4 cups of cold or room temperature water in one or more glass jars. Cover jars and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. A longer brew time produces stronger coffee, but if you leave it too long it can become bitter.
Mix the pumpkin cream ingredients.
While the coffee rests, you can prepare the ingredients for the pumpkin cream. It’s okay to make the cream ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. Alternatively, you can brew it about an hour before brewing the coffee and chill it for at least 45 minutes. You will need the following to make your pumpkin cream:
Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat over low heat for a few minutes, but without boiling. When cool, transfer to a container and refrigerate. This makes enough crema to cover four coffees.
Once 12 to 24 hours have passed, you can strain your cold brew coffee using a fine-mesh grater lined with cheesecloth. Then set it aside until you are ready to prepare your drinks.
Frothy pumpkin cream
Remove the cold pumpkin cream mixture from the refrigerator and use a milk frother to whip it until foamy.
Make your drink
Now is the time to prepare your cold brew with pumpkin cream. Fill a glass with a handful of ice before pouring it over a mug of cold stout. Top with a quarter of the pumpkin cream mixture. Drink as is or mix it up!
What you need to buy to make pumpkin cold brew.
You can’t brew cold brew coffee without coffee beans, and choosing a quality blend makes all the difference in the finished drink. These beans have a rich dark roast and don’t have as much caffeine as lighter roasts, which is ideal given the long steeping time.
With 12 adjustable grind settings, it’s easy to get the coarse grind size you need for cold brew coffee. Flat burrs grind coffee effectively and evenly.
Thanks to their 32-ounce capacity, these mason jars are perfect for steeping your cold beer. They have wide mouths, making it easy to transfer coffee and water without spilling and come with lids to cover the contents in the refrigerator.
This powerful milk frother is capable of making the cold foam you want for a pumpkin cream cold brew. It can also steam hot milk, making it versatile enough to make all kinds of specialty drinks.
In this set you get two mesh strainers: one that measures 3 inches in diameter and the other 4 inches in diameter. They are ideal for brewing your cold coffee.
With a fine weave, this food-grade unbleached cheesecloth is a great choice for straining coffee. It is very durable, so you can use it many times.
This classic pumpkin spice blend, combining cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg, is ideal for imparting that rich, spicy flavor to your cold brew coffee. Plus, it’s organic and non-GMO.
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