So, I think before I actually get into the whole cold brew thing, I need to make it clear how much I love coffee. Really. I am definitely one of those people who shouldn’t start their day without a cup (or a pot of coffee). So I say shouldn’t because I can start my day without a cup but it’s not the best idea, for the safety of others around me. I’m sure you all can relate. But maybe your not a fan of coffee, or you drink it on occasion when someone sends you a gift card to Starbucks.
Well if you haven’t heard or cold brew coffee in it’s new found fame or you live under a rock, I am here to explain what it is, what all the hype is, and how to make it. To sum it up cold brew is simply very concentrated coffee, brewed with room temperature water for 18-24 hours. Instead of using a few tablespoons of coffee you use about 1/2 a cup (give or take) and you let it steep in the room temperature water for several hours until you have this very concentrated coffee solution. Than you use milk or water to thin out you concentrate and you drink it as you would iced coffee.
SO whats the big deal and why is it so much more expensive? Well other than the fact that it’s new and everyone is raving about it, it’s more expensive simply because they have to use much more coffee than they typically would. Now how can you make it at home and save yourself from the high prices on the shelves.
Today i’m making it in a french press but if you don’t have one, you can simply brew it in a jar and strain the coffee out when your done. The french press makes this process much smoother and the clean up is a lot easier as well. Start by putting about 1/2 cup cups of ground coffee in the bottom of your press.
Slowly pour in your water, about 2 cups, I eye balled my measurements and it came out just fine, but remember making it in the french press you obviously wouldn’t get as much as you would if you made it in a pitcher or such. After you add the water give it a quick stir and gently put the lid on your french press, but do not push don’t the plunger. Leave it up and allow the coffee to brew in the fridge for 18-24 hours, than slowly push down your plunger to separate the coffee grounds from your concentrate.
That’s it, super easy except for the waiting time. Pour your concentrate into a mason jar, or any other container and keep in the fridge until needed. When you go to drink it add some water or milk to the coffee to dilute it slightly, as the concentrate is very strong. one you get it to the taste you like you can add your typical iced coffee additions, milk, cream, sugar, etc.
Cold Brew in a French Press
- 1/2 cup ground coffee
- 2 cups of Water
- Pour the ground coffee into your french press
- Slowly add water, give it a gentle mix
- Let brew for 18-24 hours, I prefer brewing mine on the longer side so I make it in the morning
- After waiting 18-24 hours, plunge your coffee and pour over ice
- Add water or milk to dilute slightly
- Add in any other flavorings you want