How to make Cold Brew at home

How to make Cold Brew at home

If you are a coffee lover and haven’t had cold brew yet, you’ve been warned! You are about to get completely addicted to this stuff!

Cold Brew is not the same as cold/iced coffee! It’s not so much about the temperature you drink your coffee at, but rather the temperature of water you use to brew your coffee. Regular coffee uses hot water, cold brew… You guessed it, uses cold water.

Cold brewing is the process of steeping coarsely ground coffee in cold water at cold temperature for an extended period of time; this process originated in Japan. Because the coffee granules never come in contact with hot water, the flavour profile of cold brewed coffee is totally different from the regular coffee. Cold brew is a lot less acidic and bitter than regular coffee. And when I say a lot less acidic – I mean it; it’s estimated it’s over 60% less acidic that hot drip coffee!

In today’s recipe, we will be making cold brew CONCENTRATE by using a ratio of coffee to water that uses double the amount of coffee, compared to what you would normally use in a typical hot drip coffee.

So let’s summarize all the reasons why we should make this, immediately:

  • Cold Brew is less bitter and less acidic. You may prefer this flavour profile.
  • Cold Brew is easy to make. Grind the coffee COARSELY (or have the store you purchase your coffee grind it for you,) mix it with water, refrigerate for 18-24 hours, strain and your are done!
  • Cold Brew concentrate is great to have in the fridge. It will last for 1-2 weeks and can easily but turned into iced coffee in seconds.
  • Cold Brew can be heated up and enjoyed warm!
  • You can easily make your Cold Brew less or more strong. I’m recommending 1/2 cup of cold brew concentrate diluted in 1/2 cup of water (which in terms of caffeine content is somewhat equal to a regular cup of coffee.) These ratios are the easiest to control – feel free to use more or less water, according to your preference and how strong you want your coffee to be.

Just remember, the recipe here is for Cold Brew CONCENTRATE. Whether you dilute your coffee or not, just be aware of the higher caffeine content and exercise moderation!

Even with this much ice the flavour of cold brew is so pronounced and not diluted!

Starbucks serves their Cold Brew with sweetened cream. I’m simply adding regular half and half to my glass. I will post a recipe for sweetened cream in the near future.

Yields14 Servings

 8 oz whole coffee beans, freshly ground on coarse setting
 8 cups water (2 quarts), ideally filtered
To serve, you will need the following per each serving:
 ice
 ½ cup water (or milk)
 ½ cup cold brew
 heavy cream, coffee cream, nut milk, coconut milk or coconut cream, to taste
 add optioanl few drops of vanilla extract, to taste

1

Grind your coffee beans coarsely. If you don't have a grinder, you may ask to have your beans ground wherever your purchase them and many of the places would be able to do that for you.

2

Combine coffee and water in a jar. Stir well. Refrigerate for 18-24 hours.

3

After the time is up, line a fine mesh sieve with a cheesecloth or a reusable lint free towel (it may stain), set it over a bowl/jar large enough to hold your coffee and pour the coffee in you sieve. Do not rush the process and let the coffee strain slowly. Do not press down on it as you don't want to extract any of the bitterness. You may find yourself having to do this in batches.

Your cold brew is now done. Store it in a covered jar (ideally glass) in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

To serve:
4

Fill your glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup of water (or milk) to it. Add 1/2 cup cold brew. Top with cream of choice to taste and optional vanilla.

JUST REMEMBER:
5

The recipe here is for Cold Brew CONCENTRATE. Whether you dilute your coffee or not, as suggested above, just be aware of the higher caffeine content and exercise moderation!

Ingredients

 8 oz whole coffee beans, freshly ground on coarse setting
 8 cups water (2 quarts), ideally filtered
To serve, you will need the following per each serving:
 ice
 ½ cup water (or milk)
 ½ cup cold brew
 heavy cream, coffee cream, nut milk, coconut milk or coconut cream, to taste
 add optioanl few drops of vanilla extract, to taste

Directions

1

Grind your coffee beans coarsely. If you don't have a grinder, you may ask to have your beans ground wherever your purchase them and many of the places would be able to do that for you.

2

Combine coffee and water in a jar. Stir well. Refrigerate for 18-24 hours.

3

After the time is up, line a fine mesh sieve with a cheesecloth or a reusable lint free towel (it may stain), set it over a bowl/jar large enough to hold your coffee and pour the coffee in you sieve. Do not rush the process and let the coffee strain slowly. Do not press down on it as you don't want to extract any of the bitterness. You may find yourself having to do this in batches.

Your cold brew is now done. Store it in a covered jar (ideally glass) in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

To serve:
4

Fill your glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup of water (or milk) to it. Add 1/2 cup cold brew. Top with cream of choice to taste and optional vanilla.

JUST REMEMBER:
5

The recipe here is for Cold Brew CONCENTRATE. Whether you dilute your coffee or not, as suggested above, just be aware of the higher caffeine content and exercise moderation!

Cold Brew

Happens to be Gluten-Free and Vegetarian.

Make it Dairy-Free or Vegan: Do not use milk, use acceptable milk alternatives (nut milk, coconut milk or cream.)

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