Making cold brew coffee is a simple and delicious way to enjoy a smooth and less acidic coffee.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a great cold brew:
Ingredients and Tools:
Coarsely ground coffee beans (about 1 cup or 8 ounces).
Fresh, clean, and cold water (4 cups).
A large jar or pitcher with a lid.
A fine-mesh sieve or coffee filter.
A coffee grinder (if your beans are not pre-ground).
A kitchen scale (optional, but helpful for precision).
Optional sweeteners or milk/cream.
Grind Coffee: If your coffee beans are not pre-ground, use a coffee grinder to coarsely grind the beans. The grind size should be similar to breadcrumbs or slightly coarser than sea salt.
Combine Coffee and Water: In a large jar or pitcher, add the coarsely ground coffee and cold water. Stir to ensure all the coffee is wet. If using a kitchen scale, use a 1:4 coffee-to-water ratio (e.g., 8 ounces of coffee to 32 ounces of water).
Steep: Cover the jar or pitcher with a lid and let it steep at room temperature or in the refrigerator. The steeping time can vary but generally ranges from 12 to 24 hours. Longer steeping times result in a stronger brew. Taste the coffee after about 12 hours to see if it has reached your desired strength.
Strain: After the steeping period is over, strain the coffee to remove the grounds. You can use a fine-mesh sieve, a French press, or a coffee filter. If using a coffee filter, you may need to strain the coffee a second time for extra clarity.
Serve: Once you’ve strained the cold brew concentrate, you can dilute it with water or milk to your taste. A common dilution ratio is 1 part cold brew concentrate to 2 parts water or milk. Add ice if desired, and feel free to sweeten it with sugar, syrup, or other sweeteners. You can also add milk or cream for a creamy touch.
Enjoy: Your cold brew coffee is ready to enjoy! It’s a versatile base for various coffee drinks, and you can customize it to your liking with different flavorings, sweeteners, or milk alternatives.
Storage: Store any remaining cold brew concentrate in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Keep it in a sealed container to maintain its freshness.
Cold brew coffee is a great option for hot summer days and is often less acidic than traditional hot-brewed coffee. Adjust the steeping time, dilution, and flavorings to suit your preferences, and you’ll have a refreshing and smooth coffee ready whenever you want it.