This Pandan Cold Brew Coffee is made by soaking coffee grounds with water and pandan pulp overnight. The pandan pulp infuses the coffee with an aromatic flavour and the overnight soak produces a mild tasting, less acidic coffee. For additional pandan flavour, add homemade Pandan Simple Syrup to the coffee and be transported to the tropics!
What is cold brew?
Cold brew is a method of making coffee by soaking coffee grounds with cool water and letting it sit in the fridge overnight.
It's a simple passive process that extracts the flavour of coffee compared to traditional methods of brewing with hot water.
Why cold brew over other methods?
Cold brew coffee produces a coffee that tastes much more milder and less acidic.
It takes longer to extract the coffee flavour using cool water, compared to hot brewed coffee, which happens in minutes.
This slow extraction makes the coffee taste less bitter.
Cold brew is very concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way.
What is pandan?
Pandan (also known as screwpine) is an aromatic, tropical plant with a vanilla-like flavour.
I talk more about what pandan is in my Pandan Simple Syrup post.
There's only 2 ingredients for cold brew coffee.
Just coffee grounds and cool water.
But today, we're making Pandan Cold Brew, which involves flavouring the coffee with pandan. you'll need:
- coffee grounds: you can use your favourite coffee beans and grind them up (about medium coarseness)
- cool water: I like using previously boiled, filtered water
- pandan leaves or pandan pulp (from making Pandan Simple Syrup): you can find pandan leaves in Asian grocery stores.
How to make it
Make the Pandan Simple Syrup. Save the pandan pulp from the recipe.
Alternatively, if not making the syrup, you can blend the pandan leaves with ½ C cool water.
Add the pandan pulp, coffee grounds, and cool water to a large jar. Top with the remaining 3 ½ C water.
Cover with a lid and set it into the fridge overnight.
The next morning, strain out the coffee grounds and pandan pulp into a clean jar.
Tip: You can also use a coffee filter to strain the cold brew.
How to serve
Add 1-2 tablespoon of Pandan Simple Syrup to a glass.
Add ice cubes, and pour in pandan cold brew.
Top with milk if you desire. (Coconut milk would be a perfect addition)!
Give it a stir and enjoy.
How to store cold brew
Store the Pandan Cold Brew Coffee in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Tip: If you like strong coffee, you can freeze the Pandan Cold Brew in ice cube trays and just add the coffee ice cubes to your glass with a little milk.
Other recipes you may like
For more recipes using pandan, check out:
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Pandan Cold Brew Coffee
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Make the cold brew:
- Make the Pandan Simple Syrup. Save the pandan pulp from the recipe.
- Add the pandan pulp, coffee grounds, and 4 C of cool water to a large glass jar.
- If not making the syrup, blend the pandan leaves with ½ C cool water.
- Add the blended pandan pulp, coffee grounds, to a large glass jar.
- Top with the remaining 3 ½ C cool water.
- Cover with a lid and set it into the fridge overnight.
- The next morning, strain out the coffee grounds and pandan pulp into a clean jar.
- Add 1-2 tablespoon of Pandan Simple Syrup to a glass.
- Add ice cubes, and pour in pandan cold brew.
- Top with milk if you desire.
- Give it a stir and enjoy.
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