As the days get hotter and nights get longer, it’s time to work on your cold brew game all summer. Lucky for you, we’ve got all the secret tips and tricks to make this refreshing drink right in your kitchen, with minimal equipment and perfect for those busy mornings.
Grind: You’re looking for a coarse setting on your grinder, so it looks almost like cornmeal - not a fine powder. You should have about 1½ cup of grounds.
Combine: Transfer the grounds into the jar you’re looking to brew in, and pour about 3 cups of water over it. Stir gently to ensure that all the grounds are saturated completely.
Steep: Cover the jar with a lid and let the goodness seep for over 18 hours. You can leave this at the counter or in the fridge.
Strain: Using a coffee filter, or a cheesecloth if you don’t have one, pour the coffee through the strainer, into a jar and store in your refrigerator for upto a week!
Keep in mind that you’re actually making a cold brew concentrate, which is as potent as it sounds. We don’t recommend drinking this straight up unless you want to feel jittery and buzzy for the rest of the day.
We recommend serving this over ice, or diluting with water. You’re looking at a 50:50 ratio.
Cold brews are perfect for home brewers because of the flexibility it allows. We like to brew ours overnight, at least for 18 hours. Brew what works best for your schedule, and don’t worry if you accidentally steep yours for longer. All you need to do is dilute with some water, or the concentrate may taste a little more bitter than it would have, and might be extra strong.
We don’t suggest using a fine-mesh sieve or a French Press filter for cold brews, as you’ll end up with a murky brew with grounds in it. Your best bet would be a cheese cloth or basket paper coffee filters. Just make sure your filter is made of very thin paper — anything else will take the brew forever to filter through.
Have we convinced you to make cold brews at home? It’s so much cheaper than buying from the coffee shop, and stays fresh in the fridge for weeks! Perfect for those rushed mornings - who said you can’t meal prep with coffee?