Cold Brew Coffee
I keep hearing how wonderful cold brew coffee is. I thought it was about time to try it for myself. The first thing I had to do was to get a good recipe. I did some research and most recipes are the same. (Note: some links are affiliate links. We may receive a small commission if you click on them.)
A mixture of 1 part coffee to 3 parts water is what most recipes call for. My first time making it I used 1/2 Cup ground coffee to 1 1/2 Cups of filtered water. Let it sit on the counter or in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
Use a medium-coarse grind for Cold Brew.
Use Filtered Water. (Unless your tap water is extra good, it’s best to remove any additives that your city water supply might put in.)
Use glass. A mason jar or a pyrex measuring cup both work very well.
You can use anything that efficiently separates the grounds from the coffee. I use my gold filter from my drip coffee maker. You can also use a strainer lined with cheesecloth. You can also use a specially designed French press to make cold brew coffee.
What do I do next?
Once the coffee has brewed for at least 12 hours, it is ready to be consumed. Make sure to use it within two to three days, and keep it refrigerated.
Add 3/4 Cup of almost boiling water to 3/4 Cup of cold brew. It won’t be truly hot, but it is still tasty. Add your preferred dairy and sugar as desired.
Fill a glass with ice and pour the coffee over that. Take a sip to see if you might need to add a little more water, remembering that the ice will melt. Then add sugar and your preferred dairy – almond, coconut, half & half, soy, etc. Summertime is also a great time to fill your ice trays with leftover coffee. Make your iced coffee using those coffee-cubes and you won’t need to worry about dilution!
Have you tried to make Cold Brew Coffee? What are your special tricks? Let us know in the comments below!