Cold Brew Coffee Recipe
Cold Brew Coffee Recipe includes an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to make fresh, smooth iced coffee with no special equipment required!
Who loves their iced coffee? I’m hoping your hand is up there right along with me. I didn’t always love iced coffee…up until last year I ordered hot coffees all summer long. When I ordered my coffee, the barista would always ask me if I wanted it iced and my answer was always an emphatic no. Last year, cold brew coffee singlehandedly changed that. I was hooked on my first sip. 🙂
I wanted to get this Cold Brew Coffee Recipe to you last year, and when that didn’t happen, it was on the top of my list for this summer. I wish I’d have gotten it to you earlier so you could have enjoyed it all summer long, but luckily there’s still plenty of hot weather in store for us.
If you haven’t ever tried cold brew coffee, you’re probably wondering what makes it so special. Regular iced coffee is brewed in a coffee maker and poured over ice, and it’s often brewed at double strength making it very acidic or bitter. Cold brew coffee, on the other hand, is coffee grounds steeped in cold water with no coffee machine whatsoever. The cold brew process removes a large amount of acidity from the coffee, leaving you with a nice smooth cup of joe.
Sounds pretty special, doesn’t it?
Cold brew coffee is so easy to make, and frankly, I’m pretty tired of paying jacked up coffee prices when I can easily make it at home. You can use a french press if you have one, or you can do it using my handy little tutorial below:
- Grind up your favorite coffee coarsely — you want the grounds to be large so that they don’t get through your cheesecloth when straining.
- Place the coffee in a large pitcher or pot and add cold, filtered water. A good rule of thumb is 1 cup of coffee per 4 cups water for strong coffee, 6 cups of water for medium, and 8 cups of water for coffee on the weaker side.
- Stir the coffee thoroughly, then cover with plastic wrap and let steep at room temperature for 12-24 hours.
- Remove the plastic and prepare to strain the coffee.
Once the coffee has steeped, get your materials together. You’ll need fine cheesecloth, which I like to fold multiple times to make sure no grounds get into our pristine cold brew. 🙂
- Place folded, fine mesh cheesecloth in a sieve and place over a large measuring cup or bowl.
- Pour the steeped coffee slowly into the cheesecloth lined sieve.
- Wait for the cold brew to drain, leaving coarse grounds behind. Discard or compost the grounds.
- You’ve got yourself some clear, smooth cold brew! If yours looks a little murky or you spy some coffee grounds, simply repeat the first three steps until it’s clear. Normally once or twice does the trick. Chill your cold brew in an air tight container in the fridge and enjoy for up to 2 weeks.
And there you have it! Smooth, ice cold coffee. 🙂
Now you get to decide how to customize your cold brew with your favorite milk, creamer, or sweetener. I rarely ever sweeten my coffee, but I love a splash of cream. I’ve recently traded in half and half for an unsweetened coconut milk creamer, and that’s what I’ve been adding to my cold brew religiously. Whatever you choose to add, you’re going to love this Cold Brew Coffee Recipe. You control whether it’s stronger or weaker, and you’re going to save some bucks in the process.
It’s money in the bank. 🙂
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- 1 cup of your favorite coffee, coarsely ground
- Cold, filtered water (8 cups for light, 6 cups for moderate, or 4 cups for strong)
- 2 large bowls, preferably with a spout
- Fine mesh sieve
- fine cheesecloth
- Place the coffee in one of the large bowls and add the desired amount of water. Stir until thoroughly combined and cover with plastic wrap. Steep at room temperature for 12-24 hours.
- When the coffee has steeped, place the sieve over the second large bowls. Fold the cheesecloth 2-3 times and place in the sieve, making sure it covers the opening of the sieve completely. Pour the coffee-water mixture through the sieve. Remove the grounds and use discard the grounds or compost. If there are coffee grounds or the cold brew seems murky, strain once more using a new piece of cheesecloth.
- Place the cold brew in an air tight container and chill in the refrigerator. Enjoy with your favorite milk, creamer, or sweetener!
A french press is a great tool to make cold brew if you have one.
Recipe by Flavor the Moments.