When the weather heats up, but you still need your coffee fix homemade cold brew coffee can come to the rescue Easy to make and helps to avoid all the unnecessary nasties found in store-bought versions. Make your own cold-brewed coffee for a delicious ice coffee fix. The best bit is, you can make a big batch and have some on hand ready to pull out of the fridge when needed.
How to Make Cold Brewed Coffee
You have no doubt been noticing cold brew everywhere over the last few years, it has certainly grown in popularity very quickly.
It is an absolute lifesaver when the weather heats up but you still need a coffee fix.
Now, you can definitely get premade cold brew from the store, and most coffee shops now have it on offer, but those versions can either have lots of unnecessary ingredients (store-bought) or add up quickly in price (coffee shop fix).
Save yourself some hassle and money and make your own cold brew at home.
The best bit: it is super easy and a big batch can be made all at one time so you can simply grab some out of the fridge when it is needed.
Why Cold Brew Coffee, Can't I Just Throw Some Cooled Coffee In The Fridge?
I had heard about cold-brewed coffee a fair few times before I was finally convinced to give it a go.
I have to admit, initially, I didn't get what all the buzz was about, surely you could just pop some cooled traditionally brewed coffee in the fridge and call it a day?
I mean....technically you can.
But coffee brewed using a cold brewing method is so much more smooth.
Cold brewing takes away a lot of the bitterness and acidity you get with a normal brew, so it is a lot more drinkable, and a lot more gentle on sensitive bellies.
Plus, when you make cold-brewed coffee you are prepared for the rest of the week with a grab from the fridge and go kinda job - handy indeed!
I make up a batch on a Sunday and use it throughout the week.
It's great to have it sitting waiting in the fridge for when the urge inevitably calls.
Tips, Tricks and Substitutions For The Perfect Brew
There are a few steps to making the best homemade cold brew coffee, but once you get the hang of it, it will be second nature and not daunting at all.
- Add coarse coffee grounds and water to a large pitcher (or cold brew system) and stir well to combine, making sure all of the coffee grounds are wet.
- Pop on the lid or some plastic wrap and let sit on the bench for at least 12 hours
- Place a fine mesh sieve lined with a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or coffee filter, and place over a large measuring jug.
- Slowly pour the coffee mixture through the sieve until all the liquid has passed through. Stop when you get to the grounds at the bottom of the jar - discard these and all the contents of the strainer
- After washing out the large pitcher used for soaking the coffee grounds, pour in the strained coffee and place it into the fridge until completely chilled.
- This is your coffee concentrate and it will last in the fridge for the week.
You do not need a cold brew system to make cold brew coffee at home, however, they are quite inexpensive and can save on mess as the coffee will drop through a filter at the bottom, rather than having to be strained through a sieve.
You absolutely need to use coarse ground coffee, if you use a fine grind, you will end up with a tar-like substance at the bottom of the jar, which isn't pleasant for anyone!
Tip: You will NEED coarse ground coffee.
Make sure all of the coffee grounds are covered with water.
How To Serve Homemade Cold Brew Coffee
Once brewed, there are a number of ways to serve up depending on how strong you like it:
- straight: strong and black straight from the fridge with lots of ice
- watered down: equal parts coffee to water
- creamy: add some to a large glass of ice, pop in a splash of cream, and leave it to get all melty for a while so it's ice-cold and delicious
- milky: add equal parts cold brew to your milk of choice and serve
- milky: if you prefer a milkier version, then you can go with a 2:1 milk to cold-brewed coffee ratio.
As always; you do you!
Find your perfect brew and away you go.
Want It Sweeter?
You may also want to sweeten your brew with your sweetener of choice.
Maple syrup, swerve or regular sugar can be used, just made sure to mix well to combine the sweetener.
You can always change up your brew a bit by adding in ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and your sweetener of choice for something a bit more indulgent.
Cold Brewed Coffee
- 1 ¾ cups coarse ground coffee
- 3 ½ cups cold water
- Pop the coffee grounds and water in a large pitcher and stir to combine. Pop on the lid or some plastic wrap and let sit on the bench for at least 12 hours (I usually leave overnight)
- Pop a fine mesh sieve over a large measuring jug and line with a nut milk bag, or a coffee filter. Slowly pour the coffee through the bag until all the liquid has passed through. Stop when you get to the grounds at the bottom of the jar - discard these and all the contents of the strainer
- After washing out the large pitcher, pour in the strained coffee and pop in the fridge until chilled. This is your coffee concentrate and will last in the fridge for the week
- To serve: Pop in a large glass filled with ice cubes, add a splash of cream and allow to get a bit melty before enjoying. If you like a milkier version go with a 2:1 milk to coffee concentrate ratio. Sweeten if desired with sweeter of your choice - some vanilla and maple syrup is excellent
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