By now, you’ve heard all about this hot new trend in coffee from your friends or just by stopping in your local coffee shop: cold brew coffee. Cold brew coffee is made with cold or room temperature water over an extended period of time. If you’re not familiar with the process, check out the article here for a quick overview.
So how do you make it at home?
There’s probably a gazillion different ways to make it, but we’re going to go the simple route. It doesn’t require ice water dripping or three different glass jars on top of each other, even though it sure sounds cool.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bag of coffee (we recommend a dark roast)
- Mixing bowl or French press (optional, not required)
- Cold water
Grind your coffee beans very coarsely; we recommend 3/4 cup beans for every 4 cups of cold water (the size of a 32-ounce French press). This can easily be done in a blender or some other sort of grinder. Just make sure you don’t grind them up too finely; this doesn’t work well for cold brew.
Pour your coffee grounds into a mixing bowl, French press or even leave them in the blender if you want to make clean up easy.
Add in your cold water and stir to combine. The amount of water will depend on the amount of coffee grounds you use, but you will want to more than cover the coffee beans.
Now we play the waiting game.
Cold brew typically takes 12 hours to brew, so most of us at the office make it at night so it will be ready for us to enjoy in the morning.
After letting it sit all night, you will need to filter out the coffee grounds. If you brewed your batch in a french press it’s already done! Yay for you having access to cool equipment! Otherwise, grab a filter and strainer and pour it out into a container that you’ll be able to cover.
Once you strain it, cut your cold brew with as much water as you’d like. Cold brew is naturally sweeter than normal coffee and depending on your palate you should use anywhere from a 1:1 to a 2:1 (stronger) cold brew to water ratio.
After you’re finished, cover the leftovers and enjoy. Left in the fridge, your cold brew should be good for about a week, ready to go into your travel mug at a moment’s notice.
Let us know how it tastes in the comments!