I might be a little late on the cold summer drink bandwagon. I realize that. But I’ve just discovered this concoction and I swear I’ll drink it until mid December! (I’ll report back on the validity of that statement). Now, I’ve shared a few delicious hot drinks like DIY Chai Mix and Hazelnut Mocha, but not really any cold ones. Until now.
Coffee is a very polarizing thing. So before I share my method, I want to admit a few things. 1) I’m not a barista. 2) I’m not even that into coffee. I couldn’t tell you the difference between most brands, or even some roasts. 3) I put lots of stuff in my coffee. This is part of the reason why I don’t have the sophisticated coffee pallet that others might have.
Why do I say that? Because I love this cold brew coffee recipe, but I know that some won’t. That is okay! It is a beginner’s drink, and those who are really into coffee will surely be able to find way more specific ways of brewing their extra special coffees.
What You Need:
- 3 oz of good quality coffee, freshly coarse ground
- 3 cups cold filtered water
- Jar to brew in
- 2 coffee filters
- Fine mesh strainer
How To Make It:
- Begin by washing your brewing jar really well. Rise thoroughly to be sure there is no soap residue.
- Add your coffee grounds and the water to the jar. Mix well.
- Let rest on the counter at least 12 hours, up to 24 hours.
- When ready, filter the coffee by placing the filter on the mesh strainer and pouring the coffee through. When finished, discard the first filter and do it again with the second.
- Done! This coffee makes a great base for any cold coffee drink. This cold brew coffee recipe, in my opinion is much less acrid and more dark-chocolate like in its flavor. I love to add some ice, a little creamer, and a splash of water (this stuff is strong!).
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5 thoughts on “How To Make Delicious Cold Brew Coffee”
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I make coffee "toddy" all the time. I use 100 grams of ground coffee and 600 grams of water for my recipe because it's easy to just put the jar on a scale and not screw around with measuring cups & spoons. but I'm notoriously lazy that way 😉
Here are a couple of tips you might try:
1) for the overnight brew, use a jar that doesn't have any angle or lip between the sides and the screw-top. it makes it easier to pour back & forth (keep reading below) and to clean for the next time.
2) i find it MUCH faster to pour the coffee through a sieve first, and THEN use the paper filters. Here's how I do it:
A) Jar 1: fill with coffee and water. Shake it up, then ignore. Shake it up again before bed, then tomorrow…
B) Pour into jar 2: put the sieve over the mouth of Jar 2. Pour the contents of Jar 1 through sieve, into Jar 2.
C) Dump grounds from sieve into compost (or whatever). Swish that tiny bit of remaining coffee goodness stuck in Jar 1 with a bit of fresh water, and pour into Jar 2 again. Dump grounds again.
D) Rinse out sieve well, and rinse out Jar 1 well.
E) Put the coffee filter inside the sieve and pour Jar 2 back into Jar 1. This will remove most of the murky-ness. Put Jar 1 in the fridge until you're ready to use it, and put Jar 2 "on deck". If you go through Jar 1 in less than 3 days, cue up Jar 2 as your new brew jar with new coffee and water, and repeat. (It usually takes me 5-6 days to get through a batch, so when I use up the 2nd to last serving, I start up a new jar.
Hope this makes it easier for you!
For drinking, I use a formula of:
glass full of ice
1 part coffee
1 part water
1 part milk
and a bit of sweetener
1 part coffee
2 parts water
and a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk… THEN add the ice… or you'll be stuck with a glop of sticky milk at the bottom of your glass.
I love cold brew coffee! Thanks for sharing this…I think I’m about due to make some more!
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Ok I’m behind… I ad no idea you could do this! Ill have to try it, my son loves iced coffee and this sounds like a much better way to make the coffee base than adding ice!
It is WAY better than chilling hot coffee. Much smoother, and no ice means no wateryness. (Although I take this and make ice cubes from it, so when I want ice it doesn’t water the drink down). My current favorite way to drink it is with a tsp of sugar and 1/4 cup vanilla soy milk.