Cold Brew Coffee-Making Iced Coffee

April 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

There is nothing like drinking a cup of coffee when you don’t have to go to work.It becomes something you can enjoy slowly instead of something you need to get through the drudgery of the day. Or maybe you have an enjoyable job and get to experience this every day!

This weekend I experimented with  cold brewing coffee, the process of letting coffee grounds steep in room temperature water for an extended period of time.  The cold brew method results in a lowers acidity  and this is what primarily results in the change in flavor.  The lower acidity is something I rather enjoy, as someone who stresses quite a bit and often has some acid reflux going on! Opponents say this method lack complexity of its heated brethren, however I found the flavors complete and enjoyed the smoothness. They do sell cold brew systems out there, but I find this rather unnecessary.

The recipe for the batch below makes quite a bit of coffee, and you can do smaller batches if you wish, but I enjoy having the extra on hand in the fridge. As an added bonus, every cup  saves you $2-$3 and who  doesn’t love saving money.

Have you tried cold brew coffee? What did you think?

Cold Brew Coffee

What you’ll need:

About a half pound of course ground coffee

10 cups of filtered room temperature water

A large container

Something to strain the  mixture with, I filtered batches in my french press but you can buy filters or even filter through cheese cloth.

What you need to do:

Take the coffee and put it into your container add the water, I chose to stir the mixture at that time, but you can also let it sit for ten minutes and then stir.

Cover the mixture  and let sit for at least 12-72 hours. I steeped mine for 24 hours, which seems to be happy medium.

Strain

This next one is important, DILUTE! This process actually creates a concentrate, that you can drink straight if you are a strong coffee fan. You can dilute with water, milk, cream,or even soy. I first tried the dilution with soy , but it actually seemed to overpower the flavor of the flavor. I found I much more enjoyed the following dilution:1/2 cup concentrate, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 of milk.

If you do want to add sweetener you may want to try making a simple syrup that will mix better. You make simple syrup by using 2 parts sugar and 1 part water. Bring the water to a boil and dissolve the sugar.

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