How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Oct 8, 2017 by

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Are you tired of overpriced cold coffee brews? While a cold brew can give you a good perk-up in the middle of a dreary morning, the price is a bit off-putting. The good thing is that you can make a very good cold coffee brew at home without fancy stuff. You can find hundreds of recipes on the Internet with different coffee to water ratios and different durations for steeping the coffee. How can you perfect your cold coffee brew?

You will need coarse ground coffee—the bigger particles are easier to filter, which reduces the bitterness of the coffee. You will also need cold filtered water. Some coffee aficionados use herbs like chicory to give the brew their favorite flavor, but that’s certainly not necessary. We prefer to stick to the basics.

The basic idea of cold brewing is to extract the coffee oils, sugars, and flavor gradually with cold water rather than using the typical hot water extraction. The coffee is steeped in cold water and left to sit for 12-24 hours. It may seem like a long time, but if you’ve had a good cold brew, you know it’s worth it.

Coffee to water ratio
There are many recipes on the net for cold coffee brews with many variations of coffee to water. It all depends on the strength you need. If you need an intense brew, use a ratio of one pound of coffee grounds to one gallon of water. If you need a lower quantity of coffee, maintain the ratio. Their recommended steeping time is 24 hours.

There is an alternative ratio of one pound of coffee to half a gallon of water. The coffee will be steeped for 12 hours. This also gives a very intense concentrate that is tempered by the shorter brewing period.

Brewing method
Believe it or not, it’s possible to do the brewing in a mason jar. For a standard jar, use 8 ounces of coffee and 36 ounces of water. Leave the coffee to sit in the water for 12 hours before filtering with a fine sieve, or even cheesecloth, if you wish.

A French press can give you a stronger concentrate as it is easier to squeeze out the coffee grinds. For a standard 8-cup French press, you will need 2/3 cup of coffee and 3 cups of water. Leave the coffee to sit for 12 hours before squeezing out the coffee grinds.

Your coffee will be of varying strength depending on the ratio used. If you find the coffee is too strong, dilute with water to your preference. You can also add spices, ice cream, milk, and sugar for different flavors. Whichever way you like it, a perfectly cold brewed coffee at home will certainly add a buzz to your day.

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