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  • Crafting the Perfect Decaf Coffee Concentrate

    by David Kennedy February 02, 2024 2 min read

    Crafting-the-Perfect-Decaf-Coffee-Concentrate James Coffee Co.

    Not everyone can enjoy coffee because of health issues or sensitivity to caffeine. That doesn't mean you have to miss out on the rich, robust coffee experience. Try decaf coffee concentrate for a tasty and flexible option to enjoy your favorite drink without the caffeine kick. In this guide, we'll walk you through the simple steps of making decaf coffee concentrate at home.

    Ingredients:

    1. Coarsely ground decaf coffee beans: Choose a high-quality decaf coffee (like our decaf blend) for the best flavor.
    2. Cold, filtered water: The water quality directly impacts the taste of your concentrate.

    Equipment:

    1. Large jar or pitcher: For the initial brewing process.
    2. Stirring utensil (fancy word for spoon): To mix the coffee and water thoroughly.
    3. Airtight container: To store your concentrate and maintain its freshness. Mason jars work great or a jug with a tight lid.
    4. Coffee grinder: For grinding your decaf beans.
    5. Fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth: To strain the coffee concentrate.

    Steps:

    1. Measure your Coffee: Begin by measuring the desired amount of coarsely ground decaf coffee. A common ratio is 1 cup of coffee grounds to 4 cups of water, but you can adjust according to your taste preferences (if you have a scale, we use a 1:5 ratio, for 100g of coffee, we use 500g of water. See the Notes section on the bottom of the page).
    2. Combine Coffee and Water: In a large jar or pitcher, combine the measured coffee grounds with cold, filtered water. Stir the mixture well to ensure even saturation of the coffee.
    3. Brewing Time: Let the coffee steep at room temp for an extended period. We recommend a minimum of 12 to 24 hours for a rich and concentrated flavor profile.
    4. Strain the Coffee: After the brewing period, use a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to separate the liquid from the coffee grounds. This will leave you with a smooth decaf coffee concentrate.
    5. Storage: Transfer the strained coffee concentrate into an airtight container. This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, allowing you to enjoy a quick and convenient cup of decaf whenever the craving strikes.
    6. Dilution (Optional): You can dilute the concentrate with water or add milk, or any alternative milk of your choice. Experiment with ratios until you find the perfect balance to suit your taste buds. No rules here! 
    7. Customize Your Drink: And the most fun part of it all: Get creative with your decaf coffee concentrate by adding flavorings such as vanilla extract, cinnamon, or a splash of flavored syrup. This allows you to tailor each cup to your liking. We've tried everything from lavender to orange blossom, just because it is decaf doesn't mean it has to be boring. 

    Making decaf coffee concentrate at home is a straightforward process that provides a flavorful and caffeine-free alternative to traditional coffee. By following these simple steps, you can craft a versatile concentrate that can be used as a base for various coffee beverages. What we love about cold brew - you can make a large batch and serve a large crowd or keep it all to yourself and enjoy a cup a day for a couple of weeks.

    Cheers to a delightful and customizable coffee experience!