I’m having an affair. There, I said it. My poor Keurig has been tossed aside for my other love interest. Cold brew coffee. Well, most days.
Bet you didn’t know that October 1st is National Coffee Day. Well now that you do, so bring on the java!
If you don’t know what cold brew is, I don’t know that we can remain friends. But, I guess I can break it down for you if I must.
Cold brew is a current coffee trend. A different brew process than the standard pod serving, drip or pour over. It may be not be all that new, but many more people are figuring out how to accomplish it at home. So let’s call it, new to your kitchen. Okay? Okay!
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Cold brew love…
Why is cold brew so awesome? Well, it’s much less acidic, 65% less to be exact. More than half of the acidity of a warm brew is gone, which is great for your insides. Especially if you’re a mom and your pre/postnatal hormones are still causing havoc on your body. Also, no cooled coffee that you will put in the microwave to only discover hours later after you’ve nuked it for the third time. Been there, done that. It’s gross.
Many coffee shops, including Starbucks, do cold brews and charge you an arm and a leg. I’m here to tell you, stick it to the barista! Make it at home, you’ll thank yourself, and so will your bank account.
So, basically, you grab super freshly roasted beans, hopefully local. Why local? Because local means less distance from the roaster to your home, which means fresher. Pulverize those beans into a ground state and then you add cold water. If you don’t have a coffee grinder you can ask the shop you purchased your beans from to grind them for you. Just let them know what you are grinding them for because that will affect the size they are ground to. Let the grinds steep at either room temp or in the fridge for a very long time. I’m talking 24 hours or so people. Then you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
After having had made my own at home a few times now I can share my process with you! The one I’ve also been pawning off on my friends.
What you need:
- Mesh strainer
- Local, ground coffee
- Glass, or plastic container to steep in
- Glass, or plastic carafe to store coffee
- Non-metal mixing utensil
- Cold, filtered water
- Mix cup of coffee grinds to 3-4 cups of water, depending on how strong you want it. Keep in mind you can always dilute further after brewing. Mix the coffee grounds with the water until grounds are fully saturated.
- Let steep at either room temperature on your counter, or in the fridge. For either 12-24 hours, the longer you steep the stronger the brew. Depending on the amount of free counter space you have.
- After steeping for 12-24 hours, strain and enjoy!
*The reason why you don’t want to use metal is that it affects taste. Yes, I used a metal mesh strainer, but it’s mainly because of the fact that it was holding my cheesecloth. I am still trying to find an alternative to the metal strainer.
Did you try out my method, and love it? Hate it? I want to know! Make sure to leave a comment below. Also, if you found this helpful your friends will too so please share and spread the java love!