Cold brew coffee has recently sparked curiosity among coffee lovers worldwide. Is it better than the traditional brewing method? Is it stronger? Bitter? More acidic? Questions pile up about this method that we have to try it for ourselves to know the difference.
Manila thirsts for coffee. Every day, Starbucks outlets are packed with people of all ages to spend their hard-earned cash for great coffee. But other coffee shops are reinventing their blends by introducing cold brew coffee.
What is a cold brew?
Compared to the usual coffee brewing method we know, cold brew allows you to prepare coffee in big batches. Here’s how its brewed perfectly:
- Mix coffee grounds with cold water.
- Transfer to an airtight container and leave it overnight
- The next day, strain coffee grounds using a cheesecloth or strainer
- Keep in a locked container and refrigerate
- Shelf life is up to 2 weeks
Now that you have your very own cold brew concentrate, preparing a glass is easy.
- Fill your glass with 1 cup of ice
- Pour ¼ cup cold brew (or more depending on how strong you want it)
- Add your choice of milk and sweetener
That’s it. To make your homemade cold brew extra special, here are some extra tips.
- Make sure you use coarsely ground coffee.
- The coffee-water ratio must be high, i.e., 2 cups ground coffee is mixed with 9 cups water. That alone makes 12 servings.
- To prevent the cold brew from having a bitter flavor, strain the coffee beans slowly. Avoid pressing it.
Where to find the best cold brew coffee in Manila?
Iskoffee cold brew concentrate
Iskoffee started in 2015. The coffee beans they use for cold brewing came from the Mt. Province. They offer cold brew concentrates in 40 ml, 250 ml, and 350 ml. For now, they only do meet-ups and deliveries so stack up now.
Yardstick cold brew No. 1 and No. 2
Yardstick offers two selections of cold brew that you can choose from, No. 1 (bold and black) and No. 2 (with cane sugar syrup and sugar).
Visit them at G/F Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Habitual Coffee is a unique coffee shop in many ways. The interiors alone create an inviting atmosphere for bikers and coffee lovers alike. When it comes to cold brew coffee, Habitual Coffee does not disappoint. Their blend tastes clean with a delicate hint of lemon. Available in two variants: black and white.
Find them at 2135 Chino Roces Ave. Legazpi Village, Makati
Tel: (+632) 833 9556
Slurp is very particular with their cold brew, even label it as “coffee prescriptions”. Available in two variants (original and salted caramel), Slurp’s cold brew coffee went through long-hours (actually, 24) of the extraction process.
Address: 23 Doña Soledad Avenue, Parañaque City
Mobile: (0998) 987 2959
5. Edsa Beverage Design Group
Edsa Beverage Design Group bottled cold brew
Edsa Beverage Design Group is another hidden gem among the busy streets of the metro. They even created their own house brand called #YKW (You Know Who) Roasters. If you enjoy your coffee with a nutty and citrusy flavor, then try their cold brew coffee. It won’t disappoint.
Address: 209 EDSA, Greenhills, San Juan
Tel. 631 9035
6.Eight Ounce Coffee + Kitchen
Eight Ounce Cold Brew Concentrate
A coffee shop located in a gasoline station is a no-brainer. But the comfort (and joy) of seeing this in an unconventional location is such a treat. It’s time you check out Eight Ounce Coffee + Kitchen. Aside from their pastries and special blends, their cold brew coffee is to die for. It has a caramel and creamy finish, and most importantly, zero bitter taste. Choose from medium and dark roast variants. Order it ready to drink or get the eight-ounce bottled concentrate for your daily coffee high.
Address: 1227 Pasig Boulevard, Pasig City
7. Magnum Opus Fine Coffees
Magnum Opus has been in the market since 2013. On its fifth year, owners Jonathan Choi and Kristine Ongsiyping decided the place needs an overhaul. Now Magnum Opus is a vision of all things bright and beautiful. Armed with a new look and menu, Magnum Opus is ready to capture the hearts of customers old and new. Although Magnum Opus is known for their signature blend Belgian Heartbreak, other blends on the menu are still a must-try. Try their cold drip coffee, bottled cold brew, and bottled au Lait.
Address: 115 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City