I tried posting this in Foo but no response so here goes:
I am trying the cold brew method on coffee beans that I buy at a Whole Foods store. French press. But I was wondering if the water really needs to be "cold". I haven't seen any variations on water temperatures. It seems to me that room temperature water or even slightly elevated is still ok and would shorten the time to get at the same results. Or at least, so close that one might find it difficult to tell the difference.
The other thing is that cold brewers say that you get the coffee flavor without the bitterness. But when I see the recipes online, it says to add a sweetener of some sort. Well, doesn't that smooth out the bitterness?
Any experience with this?