We are going to try something new today…Easy Cold Brew Coffee! Who is ready?! This recipe is very simple and anyone can do it as long as you don’t rush the “brewing” process.
The Love of Coffee!
Austin (Sydney’s husband) and I are the huge coffee drinkers in the family. We absolutely love coffee! We love going to different coffee shops and hanging out. Trying new coffee drinks and making new coffee drink recipes at home is a love of ours. We all pitched in for Austin’s birthday last year and got him a coffee bar with all the needed coffee gadgets! When I say we love coffee…I am being very serious!
Austin and I love hot coffee, cold brew, Nitro, espresso, lattes, frappes, iced coffees and more. There is no coffee drink we will not try and probably will not fall in love with. It is so much fun exploring all the new coffee options that are available today.
It is so important that you start with really high quality coffee beans when you are making any coffee recipe at home. The higher the quality of the coffee beans the better the taste and smell.
Invest In A Coffee Grinder…You Won’t Be Sorry
A coffee grinder is a must when making home recipes. To get the freshest coffee you need to grind the coffee beans yourself. You don’t want to grind them in advance and save for later. You want to grind them right before using them. Grounds can actually start to lose their flavor in as little as 15 minutes!
We did extensive research before we chose a grinder. The one we ended up going with is the Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder.
Along with a grinder (you can always borrow one from a friend if you have to) you will also need a strainer and some cheesecloth. The strainer and cheesecloth will keep the grounds from going into your easy cold brew coffee concentrate.
Give It Time
At a minimum you are going to want to make the concentrate 18 hours ahead of wanting to drink it (24 hours ahead is optimal). To get the most flavor out of the concentrate it needs to sit for at least 18 hours in the fridge. I know, I hear you, it will be so hard to wait! I promise you though, it will be so worth the wait and agony!
It is also very important to keep the concentrate covered in a sealed container. This way your concentrate will last up to 1 week, if you have any left at the end of a week. 🙂
Okay, let’s get started and make you some cold brew.
Easy Cold Brew Coffee
- 2 cup coffee beans coarsely ground
- 8 cups cold water
- Add the coarsely ground coffee beans and water together in a large glass bowl. Stir until just combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 18-24 hours.
- After 18-24 hours take the bowl from the fridge. Get out a second large bowl. Place a strainer with cheesecloth placed in it over the second bowl.
- Pour the bowl of coffee and grounds into the strainer. Wait a couple of minutes until the liquid has filtered through the cheesecloth and strainer. Squeeze the cheesecloth with grounds inside to "wring it out". Then discard the grounds.
- You are ready to enjoy it now! Serve the coffee over ice. You may want to start with a 1:2 ratio of concentrate/water. If it isn't strong enough for you try a 1:1 ratio.
- Store the coffee up to a week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
That’s it! It is so incredibly easy. Seriously, the hardest part is letting it sit for 18-24 hours!
Cold brew coffee is made as a concentrate. You have to add water once it is done. Try a 2:1 ratio starting out (water to coffee). If it is not strong enough go to a 1:1 ratio. After you’ve added the water, if you like it black you are ready to go. If you like cream and sugar in yours just add some to your glass. Play around with the ratio and the taste until you get it just perfect for your taste buds.
If coffee isn’t up your alley, we completely understand! Sydney loves the smell of coffee but has never liked the taste of it. Check out this S’mores Hot Chocolate for your coffee haters.
We hope, if you are a coffee lover, that you give this Easy Cold Brew Coffee recipe a try. The inspiration for it came from Gimme Some Oven.
Have a great day everyone!