Summer’s Companion: Cold Brew Coffee

I don’t coffee often, but when I do, I make sure it’s an experience.

I prefer my coffee and tea HOT because there is something about the warmth that contributes to the relaxed vibe I enjoy so much. But with the LA heat approaching, something to cool down is starting to seem a bit more appealing. So do I just let my brewed coffee cool and add ice? Probably not, unless you enjoy a watered down bitter version of your coffee.

Not only is cold brew refreshing and amazing tasting, it’s easy. Cold brew coffee tends to have sweeter notes, making it less likely that you’ll desire added sweetener. But of course you can add your choice of sweetener or milk (I personally like mine with almond milk).You will have to plan ahead though as the steeping process takes time. The part that actually requires effort only takes about 5-10 minutes. I also love the fact that I can make a big batch and store it for up to a week in the fridge without it changing its taste. I hope this brings some peace to your conflict between your love for coffee and hot summer days.

You can seep the coffee grounds for 12 to 24 hours. I’ve tried 12, 18, and 24 and think all 3 have been successful depending on your preference. 12 hours definitely yields a milder taste. My favorite was 18 hours. Remember when you add ice, water or milk this will balance out the taste if you feel it is too strong. This recipe will yield about 8 cups of coffee if you add equal parts water or milk to the concentrate as recommended.

Ingredients and Tools

Directions

  1. Ground coffee beans into coarse grounds, try to avoid making them too fine as you will not be able to fully separate the grounds from the liquid
  2. Add ground coffee to a large bowl or pitcher and pour in the required amount of water covering  the grounds evenly
  3. Stir the water and coffee grounds together 
  4. Keep it sealed and store at room temperature for 12-24 hours
  5. Drain the contents in a pitcher or bowl through the fine mesh to separate the liquid from the coffee grounds. 
  6. Return the liquid without the coffee grounds to the sealed jar or container
  7. It is now ready to serve! Add equal parts water or milk to the cold brew concentrate. Serve over ice and add sweetener as desired
  8. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed bottle for 5-7 days

 

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