There’s been a lot of buzz lately about something called “White Coffee.” What people are referring to is an extremely light roasted coffee made famous in the Inland Northwest. The most notable company to produce this coffee is Nectar of Life. You may be wondering how to make white coffee and we’re here to help you with that.
White coffee beans are extremely dense, like a rock. You wouldn’t be able to grind them with a home coffee grinder. For this reason white coffee comes pre-ground in a fine, espresso like grind. Indeed, the most common way to make white is to brew it as espresso, but that is NOT the only way to prepare this wonderul beverage.
Due to to the light roasted nature of white coffee it contains all the original caffeine and antioxidants. This light roasting also makes the resulting coffee powder rather dry and absorbent. It will swell A LOT when it comes in contact with hot water, so you need to take that into consideration when preparing it.
If preparing white coffee as espresso you should fill the portafilter basket ½ way and very lightly tamp. DO NOT TAMP HARD OR FILL TOO MUCH! Once you have lightly tamped the portafilter lock in the machine and run water through for 2 – 3 seconds (dump the water.) Leave the portafilter in the machine and let sit for around 30 seconds. This gives the white coffee time to swell up inside the basket. Now, run a 2 – 3 oz double shot. The brew should come out dark green and have more resistance. If it doesn’t come out slower, try using a bit more coffee and tamping harder the next time.
You can brew white coffee in a perc. Style drip coffee maker. Fill the basket about 1/3 full to allow room for the coffee grounds to expand. You should only use a slow brew style drip coffee maker. Do not use a fast brew method like a Bunn pour over brewer. You will only get around ½ the liquid out compared to the water you used to brew the coffee. The grounds will have swollen up to fill the entire basket. You can squeeze the saturated grounds to release more of the brewed white coffee.
The resulting brew will be a dark green liquid that smells nutty. It tastes nothing like traditional brewed coffee. It has a sort of nutty, green tea flavor. You can use this liquid extract to make coffee drinks using your favorite syrups or agave. Please remember that your prepared white coffee is much higher in caffeine compared to traditional coffee so be careful and enjoy!