Cold-brew at home and on the go

By Jane Kellogg Murray

If there’s anything better than the aroma of freshly ground coffee in the morning, it’s getting that coffee exactly the way you like it—from the bean, to the roast, to the brew. And for many coffee obsessives, summer means making that cold brew. Of course, realizing your perfect vision of caffeinated bliss at home is the very definition of rewarding—as long as you have the right tools. That’s where Primula comes in.

A family-owned business, Primula is dedicated to creating brewing products that are as beautiful as they are essential, ranging from familiar and traditional forms to eye-catching and modern designs, with features like sleek stainless steel filters and elegant glass carafes. Classic French presses, aluminum stovetop espresso makers, individual ceramic pour-over drippers—whatever your favorite brewing method, Primula has a stylish solution for you.

For cold brewers, Primula offers three ways to start each morning with a cool and refreshing charge. Brew overnight with either the Cold Brew Glass Carafe system or the Pace Cold Brewer coffee maker, or take it on the go with the Cold Brew Bottle, which stays chill with an insulated neoprene sleeve.

Primula’s not just about coffee, either—the company offers a wide range of glass, cast iron, and whistling tea kettles, and has even transformed the tea-making process itself into a stunning experience with their line of flowering teas. Add one of these “bags”—made with freshly plucked AA green tea leaves, hand-tied around dried flowers—to hot water in one of Primula’s attractive glass teapots, and watch it bloom into colorful floral arrangements while your tea steeps.

Tasty tidbits

  • Brewing in cold water extracts a different balance of the coffee’s elements from the grind, resulting in a sweeter, more floral flavor profile, with up to 67 percent less acid than hot coffee.
  • Dating back to the early 1930s, stovetop espresso makers are a great alternative to the hassle and cost of a standalone machine. Primula offers aluminum and stainless steel models that provides thorough and even heat distribution for enhanced flavor and aroma.
  • A well-engineered classic that hasn’t changed much since it was patented in 1929 (by an Italian designer!), the French press delivers flavorful, full-bodied coffee, and Primula’s 8-cup presses deliver multiple cups in as little as four minutes.

Pour-over at home

While it’s slightly more labor-intensive, pour-over brewing enables you to fine-tune your brewing, and results in a flavorful, balanced cup of coffee. The grind, the amount of coffee, and duration all work together to determine the final brew, but here is the basic technique:

1. Boil clean water. For a medium to light roast, aim for 207 degrees Fahrenheit, and about 10 degrees lower for a dark roast.

2. Grind recently roasted beans immediately before brewing. As a starting point, set your grind for medium-fine—about the size of coarse sugar granules. A typical ratio of coffee to water is 1 tablespoon of ground coffee to 8 ounces of water, though keep in mind that most pour-over drippers work best when they’re between 1/3 and ½ full of grounds. Primula’s 1-Cup Pour Over Coffee Maker ($24.99) has a stainless steel cone filter, which is inert—meaning it does not chemically interact with your coffee, preserving it’s natural flavor.

3. The entire process should take about three minutes, give or take. Add enough water to soak all of the coffee. (It’s okay if it begins to drip a bit prematurely.) Wait about 30 seconds for the coffee bed to stop the initial swelling before adding more water.

4. Continue by pouring gently and evenly across the surface of the coffee grinds, on pace to your target brew time: about 2-1/2 to 3 minutes for dark roast coffee, and 3 to 4 minutes for medium to light roast coffee (including the amount of time it takes to drip). Pour the water close to the grinds to allow for a more controlled brew temperature.

5. Savor and enjoy. If the coffee is weaker than you’d like, try a finer grind next time. If it’s too strong, consider using less coffee, or add a bit of hot water to the finish