Fall is upon us – it’s time to indulge in some tastes of the season. Instead of going the traditional route with pumpkin spiced everything, we decided to switch up our cold brew with a new fruit. Pomegranates are in season, and definitely the most fun fruit we’ve experimented with thus far.
To be honest, we were a bit skeptical about this coffee experiment. However, we were blown away by this cold brew. The pomegranate does a great job of highlighting the sweet and fruity notes of your coffee without overpowering the flavor.
Here’s how to make pomegranate infused cold brew:
We recommend using a coffee with fruity taste notes, as it will mesh well with the pomegranate. For our experiment, we chose Sightglass Colombia El Meridiano, Tolima.
We won’t lie, we had to look up how to cut open a pomegranate. Slice off the top of the pomegranate at the naval. You will see your pomegranate has sections – it varies from fruit to fruit, but there’s usually 4 to 6. Once your pomegranate is cut, open up the sections.
We won’t lie again, this next step is a little messy the first time. With a spoon, knife or your hands, scrape out the seeds from each section. Please don’t wear white for this step, you’ll spray pomegranate juice on your shirt.
After this step, you should have a little over a handful of seeds (about 1/3 cup).
Cold Brew Prep
Add your coffee grounds to your preferred cold brew maker. Never made cold brew before? Check out our cold brew video to learn how easy it is with Duo Coffee Steeper. We recommend approximately 6 tablespoons of coffee for 20 oz of water for this recipe (for Duo simply fill to the tab of your filter).
Next, add your handful of pomegranate seeds (about 1/3 cup).
As you throw them into your brewer, give them a little squeeze to release some of the juices and open up the seeds.
Next, add water and brew for 10-12 hours. Keep in mind this recipe won’t make as much coffee as you are used to due to the pomegranate taking up space. However, this will make a concentrated cold brew, which you can water down afterwards.
After 12 hours, you should see a loss of pigmentation in the pomegranate seeds, as they should infuse all of their fruity goodness into your coffee.
For an added twist, try adding a splash of seltzer water. The bubbles will really bring out the flavors of your coffee and pomegranate.