Now that winter is coming to a close, days are starting to warm up, and our summer dreaming is almost a reality again. Are you in a search for the perfect iced drink? No need to spend all your money on cold brew at coffee shops anymore. Now you can create a batch at home that lasts you all week!
Cold brew is not the same as iced coffee. It’s coffee that’s brewed with room temperature or cold water over a 12 to 24-hour brew time to crew a smooth taste, that is actually less acidic than your average cup.
When you make your cold brew batch, you end up with a very strong coffee concentrate. When you go to pour your glass of coffee, you will combine it with about 50/50 water to cold brew.
Fresh Coffee Beans (Organically locally roasted beans are the best, or beans from your local coffee shop)
2 Large Mason Jars (Must hold about 8 cups of liquid)
Flour Sack Towel (to strain the grounds)
Wooden or Rubber spoon
For the best results — use a 1:3 ratio of coffee to water. With an 8 Cup mason jar, you are usually able to make a double batch. Below are instructions for an 8 cup mason jar.
1) In one of your large mason jars –add 2 cups of coffee right into the jar (if you started with whole beans, make sure they around freshly ground at this point)
2) Use your other mason jar to measure out 6 full cups of water.
3) Add your 6 cups of water to the jar with the coffee grounds.
4) In your jar with the coffee grounds and water now combined, use a wooden spoon or plastic spoon (metal can effect the taste of the coffee) to gently stir the beans.
5) Then the waiting game begins. Set your jar aside and let it steep at room temperature for about 20-24 hours.
6) Once the steep time is up, use a cheese cloth to filter the grounds. (Have a friend help you, picture below)
7) Once you have your cold brew concentrate it is best to chill it for a bit in the fridge. When you are ready to enjoy…grab a glass, fill with ice, and add a splash of milk, flavor or creamer if you desire! Don’t forget to add half water! So if you fill your cup half way with the cold, put the same amount of water to balance.