The Ultimate Guide to Steeped Coffee
A steeping process is a brewing process that not only extracts flavor from the ground coffee, but also breaks down some of its cellulose and hemicellulose content. Steeped coffee has a much stronger aroma than regular brewed coffee because during this time volatile compounds are released into the air. The flavors found in steeped coffees are much richer with more depth as well.
This process is done through the use of a steeping bag. The most common types are either cloth or paper and usually come in one pound, two-pound, five-pound bags as well as loose leaf packages that you can scoop out yourself. You will also find some manufacturers offer tea steeps for herbal tea and even custom blends which are great to have on hand when guests stop by unexpectedly. There are many recipes out there using this method with added ingredients like citrus fruits, mint leaves, cinnamon sticks etc… These add an extra layer of flavor while infusing your drink!
The benefits to making coffee via steeped methods include: having more control over strength (by adjusting time), being able to make smaller batches at once (like a single cup), and not having to worry about scorching the beans.
Also, steeped coffee is a great way to get rid of any old coffee that is just taking up space in your cabinet. Just put it all into the steeping bag, tie it off and let it sit overnight – voila! You’ve got steeped coffee for your morning cup or you can reuse this “steep” by adding water like you would with tea leaves again.
It’s also good when there are only one or two people drinking at home because then you don’t have to brew an entire pot just for yourself/your partner etc… This makes the process much more time-friendly as well since most brewing methods take anywhere from three minutes (per scoop) to five minutes per cup depending on which method used; whereas making steeped coffees can take anywhere from four to eight hours depending on the type and how strong you like it.