How to make Cold Brew Coffee

How to make Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew at home? Easy! All it takes is a little time and patience for a perfect cup of cold brew in the comfort of you home. In the fall you can turn it into a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee. 

There is a difference! Iced coffee is essentially a cup of of hot coffee that’s been cooled down and then poured over ice. This typically leads to a watered down cup of coffee. Not ideal. Cold brew, on the other hand, is brewed slowly using cold water. It takes much longer, but the results are a very smooth, less acidic cup of coffee. 

Is this a concentrate?

Yes! This will yield about 4 cups of a cold brew concentrate. You’ll want to dilute your coffee with some water or preferred milk or creamer. We like a stronger cup of coffee and recommend a 2:1 ratio of coffee to water. If you plan to add milk. Dilute the concentrate with a mix of water and milk! 

How coarse should my coffee grounds be?

Coarse!! When is doubt, the coarser the better. Your coffee grounds should resemble a raw or coarse sugar. They will be rough  and each ground is distinct and easy to see. They shouldn’t be fine and powdery like a medium or fine ground like you would use for a drip coffee maker.

How long does the coffee take to steep?

Ideally you need to let your cold brew steep for about 16 to 18 hours. Any less and you’ll still have an acidic coffee. After 16 hours you’ll have a very smooth and rich tasting coffee. Much longer than 18 hours and your coffee will start to taste murky and muddy. 

How long will my cold brew keep?

Once strained, your cold brew will keep in the fridge for about 7 to 10 days! 

  1. Step 1Grind coffee beans into a coarse grind. Place into a large pitcher. Add water and stir. Cover with plastic wrap or a cheesecloth and let sit at room temperature for 16 to 18 hours. 
  2. Step 2Line a fine mesh strainer with a cheesecloth or coffee filter and strain cold brew. Discard solids. Pour ½ cup cold brew over ice and stir in ¼ cup of water. Add additional water or milk as desired. 

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