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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
Simple steps and instructions for How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at home! Save some money and make your own!
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I love coffee, and I am one of those people who like to drink hot coffee all year long. I can drink a cup of coffee even when it is 90 degrees outside. But I did not used to be that way!
When my husband and I first began dating (17 years ago) he liked to drink coffee, but I did not.
However, I soon decided that if I was going to date this guy, I should probably “try” to start liking coffee.
So, I began with baby steps – like mixing half hot chocolate with coffee. Over time I learned to like it.
And in fact, now I drink coffee WAY more than my husband! Funny how things work out like that . . .
Pour over coffee releases a lot of the acidity and gives you a smoother cup, and fresh ground coffee is always the best!
I am hooked, and now I can hardly even drink Keurig coffee any longer. Perhaps I am turning into a coffee snob?
But let’s get to the point – in the summertime, there are times when you just want an iced coffee!
Why Cold Brew?
Cold brew coffee is made with cold water, using coarse coffee grounds. Because there is no hot water involved, and the process is much slower, the coffee tends to be much smoother, and not as bitter.
One of my favorite treats when I am in town during the summer is to go through the drive-through at Starbucks and get an iced coffee with heavy cream (no sweetener).
If you just get the iced coffee it is not too expensive, but if you order their Cold Brew, the cost significantly increases!
I have noticed that you can buy pre-made cold brew concentrate at many grocery stores as well, but it is quite expensive!
So why not just make your own cold brew at home? You will see that with some coffee beans, a mason jar, and cold water, it is so easy to make your own at home!
Mason Jar or French Press?
My sister-in-law, Joanna, is the lovely lady who first told me how to make cold brew coffee at home.
She simply uses a quart mason jar (which I recommend for this method). But I have at times used my french press as well.
However, my french press coffee maker is not very large, so I do not use that method often.
There are many different opinions about exactly how to make cold brew, or what accessories you need to use.
But really, all you need is a mason jar with a lid and either a cheesecloth or a good, sturdy coffee filter. (And of course, water and coffee!)
However, if you think you are going to be making this often, or if you need to make a larger batch, consider this awesome gallon sized cold brew jar I found on Amazon!
A one gallon size glass jar with the infuser/filter built right in! I do not have this yet, but I think I am going to add it to my wish list!
Or, if you just want to buy the infuser part to use in any large mouth mason jar, they sell that as well!
How long do you let cold brew “brew?”
That really depends on who you talk to. Some people say to only let it brew for 12 hours. Other people say it should be at LEAST 24 hours.
Really, that is up to you. I let mine brew for somewhere between 12-18 hours. (My sister-in-law told me 12 hours when I first learned about it.)
You definitely should not do any LESS than 12 hours. It needs that amount of time to draw out the flavors from the grounds.
Do you have to make it in the refrigerator?
I have always made my cold brew in the refrigerator, but I’m not certain that you have to. Some people I read after said it was fine to do it at room temperature. However, I have not personally tried that method. (To me that takes away the whole point of the name “Cold” brew.)
If you try it at room temperature, please let me know how it turns out. I would love to know!
How to drink Cold Brew Coffee
Some people drink the cold brew straight up, but others cut it with water. I have heard (unconfirmed) that Starbucks dilutes their concentrate by half with water (since the concentrate is so strong).
I think this is a great thing – and it helps your concentrate to last much longer! I also like to add a splash of half and half or heavy cream to my iced coffee.
I would recommend starting with ¾ cup of your cold brew concentrate, adding ¼ cup of water, then pouring over ice and then adding any other liquids (half and half or heavy cream, almond milk, cashew milk, etc.).
I’m not very big on sweet coffee, but my husband is. I added about two teaspoons of Gentle Sweet to his, and a dash of baking soda (which helps to cut the acidity even further, but has no taste), and he loved it.
You could also add any extracts you want, such as caramel extract, coconut extract, or even butter extract!
This recipe is totally changeable to your own tastes. As written below, this is a calorie free drink. However, adding any creams would of course add calories and perhaps fat.
And if you don’t like the idea of diluting the concentrate, just drink it straight!
So, what do you need for this Cold Brew Coffee?
½ Cup Ground Coffee (you want to coarsely grind it, not a fine grind)
3 ½ Cups Cold, Filtered Water
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Cold Brew Coffee
- ½ Cup Coarsely Ground Coffee (you want to coarsely grind it, not a fine grind)
- 3 ½ Cups Cold Filtered Water
- Place ground coffee in a clean quart sized mason jar.
- Add water, and place lid on jar.
- Shake gently, to mix coffee and water.
- Refrigerate overnight, or for 12-18 hours.
- Strain coffee using a sturdy coffee filter or a cheesecloth. (Allow the coffee to slowly strain. Do not squeeze the grounds, as that will release bitterness into your cold brew.)
- Pour strained cold brew into a clean jar and store covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Mix 3/4 cup concentrate with 1/4 cup water and pour over ice.