Making cold brew coffee at home is remarkably easy. You can make the ideal glass of cold brew using my advice, and you won't ever need to purchase it from a shop again.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Are you tired of drinking bitter and acidic iced coffee? Then, you need to try cold brew coffee. Unlike regular hot coffee that is cooled or served over ice, cold brew coffee never gets hot. It is made by slow-brewing and steeping coffee grounds in cold water for 12-15 hours. The result is a smooth, sweet, and full-bodied coffee that is perfect for iced coffee drinks.
What's more, you can make a big batch of cold brew coffee on Sunday and enjoy fresh, homemade coffee throughout the week. Cold brew coffee is perfect for meal prep, and it's a great way to save time and money.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee is a straightforward and quick procedure to make. Make your own tasty cold brew at home by following these steps:
- Your coffee beans should first be ground to a medium-coarse consistency.
- A glass storage container, such as a mason jar, should be filled with the ground coffee beans and four cups of water.
- On your countertop, let the coffee soak for 12 to 15 hours.
- Use a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer to strain the coffee.
- Put the chilled cold brew concentrate in a clean container.
- Last but not least, savor your handmade cold brew coffee with ice or your preferred milk or creamer. Making cold brew will become second nature to you with a little practice.
Remember to Dilute the Cold Brew Concentrate
It's essential to remember that the cold brew you're making is a concentrate and has a high caffeine content. Drinking it straight up might not be the best idea as it can make you feel jittery and buzzed all day. To avoid this, you can dilute the concentrate 50/50 with water or serve it over ice. For an even more refreshing drink, try adding your preferred milk, such as almond, cashew, or oat milk, to give it a creamy texture that's sure to quench your thirst.
Tips for Making Cold Brew Coffee
Here are some tips to make the perfect cold brew coffee:
- Grind the coffee beans to a medium coarse consistency using a grinder. Avoid using finely ground coffee beans, which are more suitable for drip coffee.
- The recommended ratio for brewing is 4 cups of water to 1 cup of coffee beans. You can double this amount if you want to make more cold brew. If you're using a mason jar, which I recommend, use 3 cups of water and ¾ cups of coffee beans to fit everything in the jar. Keep the ratio consistent.
- You can use any container to steep the coffee, but I suggest using a glass one. I personally use a mason jar, but you can also use a french press or a cold brew maker.
- Use filtered water to achieve a clean and pure taste.
- Steep the coffee for at least 12 hours. If you prefer a stronger taste, you can brew it for up to 24 hours. However, I find that 12-15 hours is enough to satisfy most coffee lovers.
- After steeping, keep the concentrate in the refrigerator for freshness.
- Remember to dilute the concentrate before serving. Serve with ice, water, or your preferred milk or creamer to enjoy a refreshing and delicious cold brew.
Can I drink cold brew coffee straight, or do I need to dilute it?
Cold brew coffee concentrate is very potent, so it's recommended to dilute it with water or milk before drinking.
How long can I store cold brew coffee in the refrigerator?
Cold brew coffee concentrate can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator if stored in a sealed container.
At-home cold brew coffee production is quick and uncomplicated. You may make a tasty and energizing coffee concentrate that you can consume throughout the week by adhering to a few simple steps and instructions. Get your ideal cold brew flavor by experimenting with various coffee beans and ratios. Don't forget to dilute the concentrate before consuming.
EASY COLD BREW COFFEE RECIPE
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 cup coffee beans
- Grind your coffee beans to a medium coarse consistency.
- Add the water and ground coffee beans to a mason jar or other glass storage container. Then, leave it on your counter to steep for 12 to 15 hours.
- Strain the coffee through a fine mesh sieve that's lined with a couple layers of cheesecloth over a large measuring cup or bowl. Alternatively, you could use a nut-milk bag or coffee filter on top of the sieve.
- Pour the strained cold brew concentrate back into a clean mason jar and store in the refrigerator.
- To serve, pour the cold brew concentrate over ice, with water or with your favorite milk or creamer.
- The recipe makes approximately 3 cups of cold brew concentrate in a mason jar. If you’d like to double that amount, I recommend you purchase this cold brew coffee maker. It makes twice as much! Watch how I use that larger cold brew coffee maker on Instagram.