Warmer weather is back and it's time to start enjoying my favorite coffee again - cold brew! Cold brew coffee is less acidic, super smooth, and very flavorful. And it's super easy to make!
You can make any amount you'd like - we are putting together a kit for you with a 7-cup glass jar that fits very nicely into the fridge, a washable, reusable cloth coffee bag, and great coffee ground just for cold brewing.
Always start coffee with cool, fresh, filtered water. A good ratio for making cold brew is 1 part coffee to 3 parts water. So 1 cup of coffee grounds to 3 cups of water. You're going to want to buy whole bean coffee and grind it yourself, using the largest grounds setting and grinding just until you have the consistency of bread crumbs. If you use regular ground coffee, you'll end up with a murky brew with coffee gunk in it, even after straining.
Place course coffee grounds in the bottom of a jar. Pour water on top. Stir gently, cover, and let sit for at least 14 hours, and up to 24 hours. The longer it steeps, the stronger the coffee will be. Strain into a large bowl through a sieve lined with cheesecloth, and then again, pouring back into the jar. Store in the fridge and use throughout the week.
You may want to play around with ratios until you find the strength you love best. I'm from New Orleans, and we like our coffee strong, so the 1:3 ratio is great for me! If you're a gourmet coffee shop fan, this ratio is close to what you're used to. If you're a gas station coffee fan, you may want a ratio more like 1:5.
Cold brew coffee is going to be more concentrated than hot brew coffee, so add your milk or cream, and ice cubes with no fear of overly diluting your coffee!