I first heard about cold-brewing coffee about 6 months ago and it has changed my life. I always loved iced coffee, but never really perfected it… until now. I tried everything! I would brew coffee and put it in the freezer until an ice layer formed at the top. I would make extra strong coffee and just dump ice in it. I would brew coffee then put it in the fridge for the next day. Nothing seemed to come out tasting that great.
I ran across a cold-brew “recipe” in Food Network Magazine one day and decided to finally give it a go. The gist of the recipe was just a ratio – 1 cup of coffee grounds to 1.5 cups of water. Here is my method:
Select the coffee you want to use. I prefer Dunkin Donuts brand. Two regular size coffee bags is equal to 6 cups of grounds. Put it into a large bowl or pot and add 9 cups of filtered water (I just take it from my fridge dispenser). Stir it together and cover. Let it brew for 12-24 hours.
You’ll need a fine mesh strainer and some type of container to collect the concentrate. If you don’t have a fine mesh strainer, you could use a regular strainer lined with coffee filters. Using a ladle, run the grounds through the strainer and be sure to press the grounds (I use the back of the ladle) to push all the water out.
Once finished, pour your concentrate into a sealable container. The concentrate is good for up to 1 week. My recipe yields just under 3 mason jars full.
Now the best part… make yourself some awesome cold-brew coffee!
For this particular batch, I have:
Pour in a small amount of the concentrate. You can see I fill up approximately 1/4 of the mason jar with ice in it. I then add 2-3 pumps of the syrup and a little creamer. The mason jar is about 1/2 full now, then just add water!
Put cuppow on, cover the openings with your fingers and SHAKE IT UP! That’s it! Best coffee EVER.
I don’t think I’ll ever make hot coffee again. I’m sold for life. I hope you like it just as much as I do!
(Full Recipe Below)
Cold-Brew Coffee Recipe
- 2 bags of coffee of your choice (6 cups of coffee grounds)
- 9 cups of filtered water
- creamer of your choice (optional)
- flavored syrup (optional)
- water (milk optional)
Mix coffee grounds and filtered water together in a large bowl or pot. Cover and let brew for 12-24 hours. Using a fine mesh strainer and pitcher, strain the coffee grounds making sure to press out excess water into the pitcher. This is your coffee concentrate. Pour it into containers to store in your fridge. The concentrate is good up to 1 week.
To make coffee, fill a glass with ice and add a small amount of coffee concentrate (you may have to play around with the amount you use depending on how you like your coffee to taste). Add in creamer and flavored syrup if you wish. Then fill the rest of the glass with cold water (or milk). Stir and drink!