Updated: Jul 2, 2020
History of Cold Brew
The origin of the cold brew is not known. Dutch sailors in the 1600s were the first documented consumers of cold brew. Coffee was cold brewed on board the ships to make a concentrate that could last the length of a long voyage.
It is speculated that the Dutch traders introduced cold brew to the Japanese who refined the process by developing the Kyoto-style brew in which individual beads of water are very slowly dripped through coffee grounds to make a concentrate.
Other sources point to Central America as the origin of cold brew. In 1964, Todd Simpson, an American engineer traveling in Guatemala tasted a coffee concentrate made according to an ancient Peruvian process. On returning home, Simpson developed the Toddy® Cold Brew System so that he could enjoy the low acidity drink.
Why Cold Brew
The total acid content of cold brew is lower than that of hot brewed coffee. It is believed that cold brew may reduce digestive upset. When made correctly cold brew has a smooth, slightly sweet coffee flavor.
Many of us who love cold brew, drink it year round even during Minnesota winters. Others, in the summer may trade in the usual mug of hot coffee for a cold, refreshing glass of iced coffee. Making iced coffee at home allows you to experience the unique favorites of your Gus Dean Coffees.
As of now, we are featuring two cold brews. The Salty Caramel has a subtle caramel flavor. The Mocha Java has a dark chocolate finish. I believe you will find both to be silky smooth and refreshing. For those who like coffee at any time of the day, I’m also offering a decaf cold brew.