Easy Peasy Cold Brew Coffee


First of all, to be clear… cold brew coffee is not coffee left over from the day before. That is just plain old cold coffee. On the other hand, cold brew has never been heated and involves a slow process of steeping and creating a coffee concentrate that later gets transformed into your customized cuppa cuppa. The concentrate is strong but, when diluted, tends to be less acidic than a hot coffee and may even have some fruity notes, depending on the bean. As a result, you will want to experiment with different beans and dilution ratios to get the flavour you love.

You can find the bag we used to filter our cold brew here (affiliate link).

 

 

Easy Peasy Cold Brew Coffee

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By The Grateful Plate Serves: 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes + 12 hours for steeping

Cold brew has never been heated and involves a slow process of steeping and creating a coffee concentrate that later gets transformed into your customized cuppa cuppa. The concentrate is strong but, when diluted, tends to be less acidic than a hot coffee and may even have some fruity notes, depending on the bean.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups coarse ground coffee
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • Equipment:
  • 2 Mason jars (1L size at least)
  • a fine mesh nut milk or cold brew bag (cheese cloth or coffee filters in sieve will work too)
  • a funnel

Instructions

1

Start from whole beans for the freshest flavour. Coarse grind your own beans or, if you don’t have your own grinder, grind whole beans at the grocery store in their machine. Set dial to coarse or French press option, and voila!

2

Measure 1-1/2 cups coarsely ground coffee into a 1L Mason jar. Add 3 cups of water. Stir, cover and let steep in fridge anywhere from 12-20 hours. The longer it steeps, the stronger it will get. In case you’re interested, Starbucks supposedly steeps their's for 20 hours.

3

Using a funnel, pour steeped mixture into a second glass jar, straining it through a nut milk/cold brew bag - super easy to clean, filters the finest particles and is reusable. Alternately, you can use a fine mesh sieve layered with cheese cloth or paper coffee filters. You should get about 2-1/2 cups of concentrate. This is enough typically for 5 cups of coffee. Congratulations! You’ve just made your morning coffee for the next week, saving yourself time and money in the morning.

4

When ready to serve, add ice cubes and fill your glass half full of water. Pour in your cold brew concentrate. That’s it! Flavour it as you wish and enjoy.

Notes

Cold brew concentrate will keep in the fridge up to 2 weeks.