3 Easy Steps To Delicious Cold Brew Coffee
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When the heat of summer comes around, the last thing most people want to drink is hot coffee. Call me crazy, call me dedicated, but I’m the person you will see drinking hot coffee in the middle of the dog days of summer. Lucky for you, my desire to stay cool, and not melt to the seat of my car, has inspired me to try making some cold brew coffee in my own kitchen. Not to mention, it’s the “in” and trendy thing to do with coffee right now!
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Trial and Error
The first time I tried making my own cold brew coffee, I used a large Ball mason jar. I don’t remember the exact coffee to water ratio, but I know that it did not turn out strong enough and just really wasn’t very good. I think maybe I didn’t let it steep long enough (I got too eager). Needless to say, I ended up throwing the whole batch out.
OK, so a while back I was at Opportunity Café in Excelsior Springs and I tried their cold brew. It had to have been some of the smoothest and the best I’ve ever had, which is no surprise because they use Post Coffee. They showed me this really cool filter that they use to make their cold brew. You simply fill it with course ground coffee, and then set it into a wide mouth mason jar and let it extract for 24-36 hours! You find them here! I tried it out and it makes cold brew so much easier.
Well, I decided to try out my luck a second time. But this go around, I thought I would use my French press. I used a 1 to 1 ratio, using 1 cup of coffee to 1 cup of filtered water. I used some Archer Farms coffee (I didn’t want to use the expensive stuff just in case it didn’t turn out) from Target. A bag of their organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe sounded good to me.
I used a medium fine grind on my Cuisinart grinder. Since I can only fit so much into my 32 ounce French press, I used 2 cups of coffee and 2 cups (16 ounces) of fresh filtered water. I added everything into my French press and gave it a gentle stir with a spoon. Then I put the lid on, but did not press the plunger yet.
Third Time’s A Charm
When this method proved to be successful – as in, it made some super delicious coffee – I went out to Thou Mayest (a local coffee shop and roaster) and picked up a bag of their Alter Ego blend and repeated the process over again. You cannot go wrong with any of their coffee. It’s simply amazing, as well as the business itself. Very cool story. (More on that later.)
Is it Ready Yet?
I left the coffee on the counter to steep. You can let it steep anywhere from 24-48 hours, depending on how strong you like it. I thought that 48 hours seemed too long, so I let it go for about 36. I sat and watched my coffee the entire time… or so it felt like. I was really excited to try it out!
I pressed the coffee grounds to the bottom, which ended up being much more difficult than I thought… guess I need to hit the gym a little harder… I stuck it in the fridge to cool down and when I was ready to drink it, I added just a little bit of water (maybe 2 ounces) to my cup.
This brewing method makes such a strong batch of cold brew coffee that you can really use it as a concentrate, mixing it with water so it’s not so strong. I like strong coffee, so I didn’t add much to it. I threw in some of my organic raw milk, and this was one delicious, refreshing cup of cold brew. It was very strong, yet smooth and so so creamy!
That Was Easy
The French Press method proved to be much more simple than the Ball jar method. The French Press did all the filtering for me. The concentrate ended up being really strong, so you can tweak the ratio a little if you’d like or just water it down a tad more. Your call.
What are you waiting for? Go try it out for yourself! Here is the official recipe, to make it extra simple for you.
French Press Cold Brew Coffee
This is SUCH an easy way to make a scrumptious cup of cold brew coffee!
- 1 French Press
- 2 cups Coffee, ground
- 2 cups Filtered Water
Put coffee and filtered water into your French Press. Stir gently. Put the lid on, but leave the plunger up.
Let steep on the counter or in the fridge for 24-48 hours. (I feel like 36 hours is a good amount of time for my taste.)
Press the plunger down on French Press. Pour coffee into a jar and place in the refrigerator (or pour over ice if you want to enjoy it right away).
Drink it as it is, or use it as a concentrate! Add water, milk or cream. Sweeten it, add flavors... Sometimes I pour it over ice, sometimes I don't. Whatever you like, the options are endless!