You know you don’t like watered down iced coffee, but do you know how surprisingly rich and delicious cold brew coffee is? I had heard the raves, yet it wasn’t until I tried it that I really understood what everyone was so excited about. Cold brew is really good. It’s everything you love about coffee and nothing you don’t like about iced coffee. And now I say:
When life hands you ground coffee, make cold brew.
It’s simple to make at home and a great thing to have on hand during the warm summer months. Ready?
Ingredients and equipment:
1 and 3/4 cups ground coffee. I’ve turned very ordinary ground coffee into extraordinary cold brew, so don’t feel like you have to use the most expensive bean out there, but ya know a little quality never hurts.
3 and 1/2 cups fresh water
a 1 quart (4 cups) mason jar with lid
a clean 1/2 quart (2 cups) jar for storing the finished brew. I use an old almond butter jar.
1-2 paper coffee filters
Alternatively you could use a french press and then fine filter the coffee with a paper filter.
Simply mix the water and coffee grounds in a mason jar (it will be full to the brim- just warning you).
Cover and let steep for about 12 hours.
Now, this next part takes some patience. Slowly pour the cold brew through the cone and filter. Try to pour it “off the top” meaning that you keep most of the grounds in the jar. If you pour it quickly and lots of grounds get into the filter it will take forever.
Tip: I hold a metal strainer to catch some extra grounds (this will help the coffee pass through the paper filter faster). After I filter about half, I toss out the first paper filter and put in a clean one, but that’s optional.
Put the lid on the jar and refrigerate until well chilled (at least 2 hours). If you don’t want to wait you can just pour it into a small glass of ice. Why not?
To serve: Dilute with equal parts water or your preferred cream and sweetener combo.
Store in the fridge for up to a week.
Yum, I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!