Are you a coffee fanatic? Do you spend your morning hours trying to find the best beans, brewing them just right, and then drinking that black gold as fast as possible before it gets too cold?
Well if so, we’ve found the perfect solution for you. It’s called Cold Brew Coffee!
This blog post is going to go over everything from how to make Cold Brew Coffee at home, what equipment is needed, how much coffee should be used and lastly some of the different flavors available.
Time Required: less than five minutes of active prep time (plus 12-24 hours of wait time)
Makes: one pitcherful / 16 ounces per serving size
Tools Needed: , , fresh whole beans from an established roaster.
Ingredients Necessary: water, ground roasted whole bean coffee. Optional ingredients are half & half creamers and sugar. If using these ingredients it’s best to add them when you drink the coffee.
What You’ll Need:
- A mason jar or other container to hold the coffee grounds and fine black filters
- A kitchen scale for measuring out the right amount of coffee and water.
- Coffee beans (Any kind will do; you could experiment by using different types)
- Coffee filters (optional), cheesecloth (optional)
Instructions on How To Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home:
Fill your jar about halfway up with dried ingredients that have been coarsely ground in order to allow all of them to be submerged when they are added into the water later.
Next place two teaspoons worth of finely ground ingredients on top of it so that there is an even distribution across its entirety. Add just enough cold water fill almost over the top of the beans.
Put it in a place where it can sit out for at least 12 hours but not more than 24. The colder temperature will extract all of the flavour from the coffee and give you a richer taste when you drink it.
When that time has elapsed, strain your brew through an unbleached paper filter into another jar or container with lid- this one should be prepped by filling up to about two inches above its rim with cold water so that there is enough room left over for whatever liquid doesn’t come out during straining.
Fill this jar completely full before adding any ingredients back in! Strain again if necessary and let sit overnight without disturbing (or as close to possible) before moving on to the next step.
When you’re ready to enjoy your delicious beverage the following morning, pour it very slowly and carefully so as not to disrupt any of those tasty coffee grounds at the bottom!
This brew will last a good few days in the fridge without becoming too strong or sour- just make sure that cup stays filled with cold water when storing it near other ingredients.
The grinds themselves can be used for baking muffins or bread, but they should be discarded after about one month because this is really only meant for brewing on an individual basis.
Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee is perfect for many occasions. You can drink it hot or cold, either way the versatile brew will taste delicious! It tastes great on a hot day when you’re looking to cool down and enjoy something refreshing- after all, ice cubes are just another ingredient in this recipe.
It’s also an amazing option if you don’t want your caffeine buzz interrupted by sugar or creamers; these ingredients distract from the pure flavor of this beverage.
The best part about making cold brew at home? The cost savings that come with buying freshly roasted whole beans instead of pre-packaged ground varieties which have lost their freshness over time! Not only does grinding them yourself save money but ensures top quality as well because you’re not exposing the oils to air as you would with pre-ground coffee.
You can save even more money by buying your beans in bulk online, saving on shipping and stocking up for months ahead
Cold Brew is different from your typical hot coffee because it’s brewed with cold water. The whole process will take about 12-24 hours and usually involve a lot of stirring the mixture so that the beans are evenly soaked in water.
What Equipment Is Needed?
That all depends on what brewing method you want to use and how much iced coffee that you plan on making at a time. This blog post will go over the method of concentrate by soaking whole grounds overnight then straining them out; and using pre-ground coffee beans for an easy way with no grinds left behind in your glass carafe.
How Much Coffee Should Be Used?
This varies depending on how strong you like your drinks but typically anywhere from one cup up to four cups per quart would be good. You can always adjust this according to what tastes best! Obviously if you use more grounds than necessary then the flavor won’t be as concentrated.
How Long Should You Brew The Coffee?
A good rule of thumb is to let the coffee sit in water for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours, although this will vary depending on your desired strength.
For a stronger brew, you might want to consider letting it steep overnight or even for two days (although that’s more time than you need).
It’s important not to leave the carafe out too long when cold brewing so make sure not to over-extend your brew time!
What Type Of Ground Coffee Is Best To Use?
The type of ground coffee beans used is really just personal preference; but if you like strong flavor then use dark roast grains. If you like a lighter brew, then use light roast grains.
I hope this was helpful! If there’s anything else you want me to cover let me know down below 🙂