Cold brew coffee gained mass popularity thanks to Starbucks introduction this summer. But skip the pricey costs at the coffee shop and make it at home! Its amazingly simple, everything you need is in your kitchen.
The most notable benefit of cold brew coffee is lower acidity and lower acidity means more flavor. The cold brew process changes the chemical profile resulting in a sweeter and less bitter flavor. Not only will your coffee need less sugar, those suffering with acid reflux might find cold brew a little less harsh.
Additionally, the flavor is not going to change over time like a cup of coffee thats been heated and cooled. You can store cold brew in your fridge up to 2 weeks, so don't be afraid to double or triple the recipe. Use your extra time to hit the snooze button one more time or enjoy outside before rushing off to work.
Here's how to make cold brew coffee at home
Makes 4 cups. Double or triple the recipe and store up to 2 weeks in air tight container.
- 1.5 cups coarsely ground coffee beans
- 4 cups filtered water
- Bowl or pitcher with spout
- Cheese cloth or coffee filter
- Jar with lid for storage
1. BEANS // Good coffee is all about good beans. For best results use high quality whole beans. If possible, grind beans at home on coarsest setting.
2. BREW // Place the ground beans in a bowl (preferably with a spout for easy pouring later). Pour water over top of beans and gently stir. Cover with lid or saran wrap. Let sit on the kitchen counter for 12-14 hours. The longer the coffee steeps, the stronger it gets.
3. STRAIN // When brewed, strain beans and water through a cheese cloth or filter into a storage container. If the grounds are too small you might need to repeat this step.
4. SERVE AND STORE // Pour over ice and serve immediately. If brew is too strong add water or milk until desired strength is reached. Cold brew is typically stronger than regular drip coffee. Add any of your standard coffee additions. If you decided to make a large batch, store in fridge in an air tight container up to 2 weeks.
Enjoy your homemade cold brew!