By: Cheyenne Lentz
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Learn how to make both iced tea and cold brew with the OVALWARE RJ3 Cold Brew Maker, and combine the two for a batch of wintery, chai cold brew.
The Ovalware RJ3 Cold Brew Maker is a stunning cold brew maker and server that any coffee lover would enjoy.
Besides making cold brew, this instrument also makes incredible iced tea.
To take advantage of its multi-capabilities, you can make a batch of wintery, chai cold brew.
Use light roast coffee and high-quality chai looseleaf tea to achieve the best flavors in this chai cold brew recipe.
The OVALWARE Cold Brew Maker brews high-quality cold brew, and boasts of one of the most elegant designs for a cold brew maker. It excels in making both cold brew and flavored cold brew.
Recently, I learned that it’s also possible to brew iced tea in this stunning vessel. With some experimenting, I’ve developed a chai cold brew recipe that allows you to take full advantage of this cold brew maker’s multi-purpose capabilities. Read on for brewing tips when making this recipe for chai cold brew.
Begin by making cold brew in the OVALWARE Cold Brew Maker.
Following this best basic cold brew recipe, you can learn how to make amazing cold brew in the OVALWARE Cold Brew Maker. I like to use a coffee to water ratio of about 1:5 for making cold brew. This comes out to be about 85 grams of coarsely ground coffee and 380 grams of water if using the OVALWARE Cold Brew Maker.
It’s also important to use high-quality filtered water and to allow the brew to steep for at least 12 hours in the fridge for proper extraction.
After the cold brew is made, store it in a mason jar or in an air tight vessel in the fridge.
Because you will need the OVALWARE Cold Brew Maker to make the iced tea, you’ll need to pour the cold brew into another container or mason jar to store in the fridge until you’ve finished making the iced chai tea. I recommend using a mason jar because of their tight seals, but anything with a tight lid will also work.
Be sure to wash and dry the OVALWARE Cold Brew Maker before making the iced tea described in the next step.
Source high-quality looseleaf tea to brew the chai tea in your Ovalware Cold Brew Maker.
Now that the OVALWARE Cold Brew Maker is clean and ready to go, it’s time to brew the iced chai tea. I’ve found that looseleaf tea works best for this recipe. Not only does it feel more authentic in using looseleaf tea, but it also elevates the flavor. If you’re able to splurge, I recommend going for an organic, looseleaf chai tea.
Dump 8 teaspoons of looseleaf tea into the filter.
For this recipe, I used about 8 teaspoons of tea leaves or 32 grams. This is more than you typically should add when brewing iced tea. On average, 4 to 6 teaspoons will suffice but I went for a stronger brew because I wanted to be sure that I would be able to taste the chai when combined with the cold brew. You’ll put the tea leaves into the filter.
Note that the tea leaves won’t look like much when in the filter, but it is plenty. You really don’t want to go over 8 teaspoons, as this is already a lot.
Pour filtered water over the tea leaves, as it will make a world of difference.
Next, pour 380 grams of filtered water over the tea leaves in the filter. It’s so important to use filtered water because tea is largely water. If your water quality is lacking, your tea will be negatively affected. Filtered water, spring water, or high-quality bottled water will all suffice.
Add the filtered water until it reaches the max line on the OVALWARE Cold Brew Maker. Then, briefly stir the loose leaf tea to start the brewing process.
Steep in the fridge for about 12 hours or longer for a strong tea.
Replace the cap onto the cold brew maker and place the Cold Brew Maker in the fridge to steep for 12 hours. Typically, the steeping time for black teas is between 10 and 12 hours, but because you want a strong tea, the full 12 hours is necessary here.
Time it right.
Timing is important when it comes to this batch of iced tea. Make sure that you are available to pull the filter out of the cold brew maker once the tea has finished steeping. You don’t want the tea to be overstepped and result in a bitter flavor.
If you make the iced tea in the evening, it can steep overnight. When you wake up, you can then take the filter out and enjoy the iced tea in the morning — this tends to work well for many people’s schedules.
Once the tea has finished steeping, remove the filter and place the cap back on the cold brew maker. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
Combine the cold brew and the chai tea to make the chai cold brew.
Now, you have all of the ingredients to finish the chai cold brew recipe. The cold brew to chai tea ratio for this recipe is about 1:2. This is a good place to start. From this point, you can continue to add more chai tea based on your preferences.
Cold brew is rather strong, and will easily take over the flavor of this beverage, if you don’t add enough chai tea. To help gauge how much chai to put in, the chai should be the dominant flavor in this drink.
Serve in a clear glass with plenty of ice!
Next, pour your drink into a beautiful clear glass such as OVALWARE Double Wall Tasting Glass Cups and add plenty of ice.
Consider adding milk (or water) to dilute the chai cold brew mixture if it’s too strong. You can also add honey for a sweeter take on this drink. Enjoy!
Show us your beautiful brews on Instagram!
After you’ve finished brewing, take a snapshot of your chai cold brew and let us know how it turned out! Tag @ovalwarecoffee and @bakedbrewedbeautiful or use the hashtag #bakedbrewedbeautiful, so we can see your beautiful creations — happy brewing.
Chai Cold Brew Recipe
Chai Iced Tea
-8 tsp chai looseleaf tea
-380 g filtered water
Chai Cold Brew
-1 cup iced chai tea
-½ cup cold brew
-3 ice cubes
-milk and sweetener to taste
Chai Iced Tea
1. Begin by dumping the chai looseleaf tea into the filter of your OVALWARE Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Pour the water over the tea leaves and stir. Let it steep in the fridge for 12 hours. Remove the filter after the steeping has been completed.
Chai Cold Brew
2. Combine the chai iced tea and the cold brew in a glass and serve with plenty of ice. Add milk and sweetener to taste - enjoy!