brew coffee makes a smooth, non-bitter coffee that is especially perfect for
iced coffee. I shared this over at Mnn.com the other week, but it?s such a favorite I
thought I should share it here too. Whether you should drink coffee or not from a health perspective is up to
debate, but if you are going to drink coffee this is a lovely way to do it.
never really appealed to me. At least, that?s what I thought. Cold-brew coffee
is what first won me over and now I enjoy coffee made a variety of ways. There
are both health benefits and
disadvantages to drinking coffee, but
that aside, I have discovered a love for coffee, and it all started with
cold-brew coffee last year. If you are looking for a smooth cup of Joe, then
this is an excellent method.
it is so simple! You leave coffee in water for 12 hours or more, and then you
strain it. You now have a coffee concentrate that will last at least a week.
What more can you ask for? The advantages of cold brewing coffee, as I see it,
are as follows.
It is simple and easy to do.
2. It is less
acidic, which many people find helpful on the stomach.
3. There is less caffeine per cup when cold
4. The cold-brew method is less
bitter, which promotes a smooth flavor.
cold-brew method allows a different flavor profile to appear. Without as much
bitterness, the fruity, chocolate, vanilla or other undertones are allowed to
shine. So, even if you like a good cup of drip coffee, cold brewed coffee can
give you a wonderful variation.
make this the most simple way possible with a mason jar (like these ones from my Amazon affiliate). But you can also
use some of the great cold brew systems out there to make the process even
simpler. The Toddy was the first system, but this one is a lot more classy, and this Bodum one looks great too!
is how I make mine. The amount of coffee to water can be tweaked to preference.
A good rule of thumb is 1/3 cup of ground coffee to 1 cup of water. I make
batches of 4 cups, but you can certainly make less or a lot more by using the
Cold Brew Coffee
1/3 cup of fresh finely ground coffee (Even cheap coffee tastes good using this
method, but I recommend buying organic coffee beans, since coffee is a highly
sprayed crop. I personally lean toward a medium roast bean)
4 cups of filtered water
Combine ground coffee and water in a mason jar or French press. Stir to combine
well. Cover and leave for at least 8 hours, and up to 24 hours at room
Put a coffee filter in a fine sieve over a small mixing bowl or 4 cup measuring
cup. Slowly pour coffee through the filter. This is your coffee concentrate.
Keep refrigerated. To serve, dilute to preference. A one-to-two ratio is common
(one-third coffee concentrate, two-thirds water). For a stronger cup of coffee,
use a one-to-one ratio. I like to add a little almond milk. My husband likes to
add a tablespoon or two of organic cream and just a little sweetener.
will keep at least one week.
4 cups of concentrate (makes at least 8 cups of coffee).