Coffee is one of my favorite things to drink any time, and as the temperature rises in the summer, cold brew is one of my favorite ways to consume coffee.
Due to the fact that the ongoing pandemic has kept me away from the local coffee shops that I would typically be visiting to satisfy my cravings, and because a cup of cold brew from a shop can cost nearly $5, I’ve found a way to brew my own. The method that I use doesn’t require any fancy equipment, and you likely already have everything that you need in your kitchen to make your batch of delicious cold brew. All you’ll need is a quart sized container, a fine mesh strainer, paper coffee filters, ground coffee and filtered water. You’ll also need some time– but that’s just for the coffee to brew.
Cold Brew Coffee
- 1 cup of ground coffee
- filtered water
- Place 1 cup of ground coffee into container. I use a quart size mason jar, if you are using a vessel that is a different size, you will need to adjust the ratio of coffee to liquid. For example, if you were to use a pint sized container, you would use only one 1/2 cup of ground coffee.
- Begin to pour filtered water over the coffee grounds. once there is enough water in the vessel to saturate the coffee, stir to make sure all of the grounds have been saturated. I like to use a chopstick to do this.
- Fill the vessel up the rest of the way with water, leaving a minimal amount of space at the top.
- Cover and refrigerate for about 24 hours.
- After 24 hours have passed, you need to strain the ground coffee out of the cold brew. I like to do this in two stages. First, pour the cold brew into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer and let all of the liquid drain from the coffee grounds before discarding them. Next, place a paper coffee filter in the strainer, and filter the coffee again into another bowl before pouring it back into the brewing vessel.
- Serve chilled and over ice. The cold brew coffee will keep in the fridge for about a week.