You’ve probably seen cold brew coffee pop up all over the place lately. But, what exactly is cold brew coffee? To put it simply, it’s coffee that is brewed in cold, not hot, water. The result is a smooth, less acidic coffee where its true flavor shines without being bitter.
Making cold brew coffee is a simple and easy process. We learned how to make it from Melinda Strauss, at Kitchen-Tested. A few weeks ago she did an hour long Instagram live video on all things cold brew (unfortunately Instagram live is only available for 24 hours, but make sure to visit Melinda’s Instagram page, where she often talks about it!).
While researching online how to make cold brew, we found that the method for making it is pretty much always the same. Some people prefer to use a cold brew pitcher, or a French press. We decided to simply use a regular pitcher, and strain the coffee grounds with a fine mesh strainer lined with paper towels or a cheese cloth, just like Melinda did.
For best results, you must use coarse ground coffee (select the coarsest setting if you are grinding it at the store, or you can grind the whole beans yourself at home using a coffee/ spice grinder. )
The coffee to water ratio really depends on how strong you like the coffee. We used Melinda’s recommendations and made ours using 1 cup of coffee to 5 cups of water, and we it was just perfect for us. We tried it with decaf coffee as well, it was just as good!
Hope you enjoy it!
How to make cold brew coffee
1 cup coarse ground coffee of your choice
5 cups room temperature filtered or bottled water
In a large pitcher, combine coffee and water and mix well. Cover and let it sit on the counter for 18-24 hours. Strain into another pitcher. using a fine mesh strainer lined with paper towels or a cheese cloth. Place in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.