Experimenting With The Hot Bloom Cold Brewing | Bruer | Cold Brew Coffee Maker
January 27, 2015

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Experimenting With The Hot Bloom Cold Brewing

Hot Bloom Cold brew cold bruer

With many hot brewing methods, it is common to wet the ground coffee (often referred to as"blooming") with just enough water to saturate the grounds and let it sit for a short period of time. This helps prepare the coffee bed for a more even extraction by releasing trapped CO2 gas and wetting all of the ground coffee so that it can undergo a more uniform extraction.

We recommend doing the same when setting up Cold Bruer. However, we've typically only done the pre-wet with cold water... When it comes to Cold Brewing, the idea of doing a "Hot Bloom", using hot water for the pre-wet followed by cold water for the rest of the brew, has been around for a while. There's a good article describing the method written by Lorenzo Perkins of Cuvee Coffee Here a few years back. 

Essentially, the idea of using a hot bloom is to release easily dissolvable volatile compounds that produce the fruity and floral qualities to the brewed coffee that cold water alone may not extract entirely. With this in mind, we gave it a go!

Hot Bloom Cold Bruer

We used about 25ml of water at a temperature of 205 degrees F. The first thing we noticed was the ground coffee wet very evenly and a TON of tiny CO2 bubbles formed between the ground coffee particles much faster than when we pre-wet with cold water. We let the coffee bloom for about 10 minutes before inserting the valve and adding the remaining ice water to the tower.

Hot bloom vs pre wet Cold Bruer

We set up another Cold Bruer with all the same variables, but we used cold water (about 50 degrees F) for a comparison. With them side by side, it's pretty cool to see how much more CO2 is initially released from the coffee causing the coffee bed in the Hot Bloom Cold Bruer to expand a lot more than the "Cold Bloom". 

Results:

We were really surprised by the differences between the two! We used Temple Coffee Roaster's Ethiopian Boke that's already pretty fruity with a nice amount of acidity. The hot bloom method produced a cold brew that definitely heightened those fruity flavors and brought out a little more acidity in the cup. We're looking forward to doing some more hot bloom experiments! Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

 


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Matt Stuart

May 07, 2018

I’ve been soaking the grounds with just enough cool water to cover them, then freeezing them solid in my brewing jar. Once solid, I remove tha jar from the freezer and add the normal amount of cold water for a typical cold brew, and leave to brew overnight. Freezing wet grounds seems to rupture the cell walls and allows for a higher extraction.

Steve
Steve

December 03, 2017

205 degrees for 10 minutes? That’s hot brewing.

Weary Traveler
Weary Traveler

November 12, 2017

I have always used a warm water to begin extraction in my decanter. Cold water with coarse grinds not only takes too long IMO, but yields a very mute flavor from beans like Kenya, Ethiopian, and Kona. Never tried with a simple hot bloom, always just filled with warm water, let it get to room temperature for a few hours, then moved it to the fridge.

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Rod

December 08, 2016

Gonçalo, judging by the photos I would estimate that 1:1 ratio of beans to bloom water was used. I would think even a 2:1 ratio (water:beans) as per a pour over hot bloom would be fine.

Gonçalo
Gonçalo

September 02, 2015

Only 25ml? Not the same coffee to water ratio or something?

Sharon Turner
Sharon Turner

April 19, 2015

Can’t wait to try this variation with my next batch of cold brew! I had wondered the same thing actually but hadn’t taken the steps to do a side-by-side evaluation.

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