Living in Arizona, the temps are already heating up and everyone is searching for something cold to drink! So, if you are someone who hates drinking hot coffee when the weather is heating up…how about a tall glass of Cold Brew Coffee YOU make at home?
We’ve received many requests on the best coffee to Cold Brew and for me….it really doesn't matter. As long as you like your coffee, try using it in a cold brew process. You will be amazed at the difference in taste from brewing hot vs brewing cold. It comes down to science & chemistry….having the coffee grounds hit 210 degrees of hot water OR hitting cool or cold water.
There are a lot of cool gadgets and equipment out there to assist you in making Cold Brew at home, however, it’s pretty simple and I wanted to include directions on how you can make Cold Brew at home especially on National Cold Brew Day!
Making Cold Brew Coffee is so easy. The process is done with everyday kitchen items right in your home. It really doesn’t matter the size of pitcher or container you are using…it all depends on you and how much coffee you wish to make. Even better...this will result in a coffee concentrate that you will add water making it last longer. PLUS it will stay up to 6-8 weeks in your refrigerator.
Because you are not adding hot water to the coffee grounds, you are not going to have the same chemical reaction in cold brew as you do with hot brew coffee. You will see a difference in taste even with the coffee you drink everyday. Cold brew delivers a very smooth and slightly sweeter taste. You will not have the acidity like you would in hot coffee.
Things you'll need:
1 Pitcher (any size)
2 Strainer (the finer screen kind)
3 Water (filtered is best)
4 Coffee Paper Filters or Coffee Screen Filter or Cheesecloth
5 Extra pitcher or container to filter coffee back and forth
Be sure to use cold or tepid water, not hot water. Preferably filtered water is best. For every 6 ounces of water, you will add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. Example; an 18 ounce pitcher of water…you will need 6 tablespoons of ground coffee.
Add the coffee grounds (be sure you do a corse grind as it will be easier to filter later on) directly into the pitcher of water and stir for a minute.
Cover or place the lid on top and let your coffee grounds steep for 22-24 hours in your refrigerator. I typically will stir the coffee grounds again (after 8-10 hours) and they will float to the bottom if they haven't already.
When time is up, you will need to strain the coffee grounds out of the water. Grab a new container…or if you have another pitcher, use that and use a kitchen strainer to remove the grounds. Using a strainer will get most of the coffee grounds, however you will need to filter at least 2-3 more times to get all the grounds. Next, use a coffee paper filter, coffee screen or cheese cloth and strain the pitcher of coffee through the finer filter. I suggest at least 2 times with a finer filter. THEN…you have a wonderful coffee concentrate.
Ways to enjoy your Cold Brew:
Use it Cold- Add the Cold Brew concentrate to a glass fill half way, add ice and fill the remainder with water, stir and enjoy.
You can also make a hot cup of coffee by filling your coffee cup/mug/tumbler half way with coffee concentrate and then fill with hot boiling water. Instant hot cup of coffee. Enjoy!
Johnny LOVES Cold Brew Coffee! He loves it so much I decided to name our Cold Brew blend after him! He helped himself to my coffee beans...freshly roasted of course...and created a unique blend. He has created several options and I have loved each one. However, this blend seems to be the favorite.
The results...a very smooth bodied brew with hints of cocoa, nutty and fruit. This blend was especially blended for a cold brew process so we will also throw in instructions on how to make your very own cold brew coffee at home. You can order online and have it delivered right to your door! We will also throw in the directions on making Cold Brew Coffee with your bag of Johnny’s Cold Brew.
REMINDER...cold brew process will result in a wonderful concentrate! Yes it's strong...so you will dilute with water...a little or a lot!