Cold brew coffee is so good in the summer, right? So expensive in the coffee shops too – and don’t get me started on how annoyed I get when I see a barista pour piping hot coffee over ice and hand it over in exchange for $4. That just dilutes the good stuff down to a watery mess. No, in order to get a really good iced coffee, you need to cold brew it and luckily, it’s super easy to do at home.
All you need is some coffee, water, a jar to put it all in, and a fine mesh strainer (or cheese cloth, or dish towel) – forgot to include that in the photo, whoops. This is going to make a coffee concentrate – you will need to dilute it with water when it’s time to drink it. Making a concentrate is easier to make and store so you don’t have to keep a huge batch in your refrigerator. You just keep this small jar and pour your cup 1/3 full with coffee, then the rest with water and ice when you’re ready.
1 & 1/3 cups ground coffee
4 cups water (cold or room temp)
jar or pitcher
fine mesh strainer (or cheese cloth, clean dish towel, anything to filter out the grounds)
1. Place coffee in jar or pitcher and pour water over top.
2. Stir to combine.
3. Seal and let sit for at least 8 hours to overnight at room temperature.
4. Pour mixture over a strainer in to a bowl. Clean jar.
5. Strain a second time in to clean jar.
6. Ta-da! Cold brew coffee concentrate. 4 cups of concentrate will make about 8 cups of iced coffee. This will last up to a week in the fridge.
So, as I mentioned above, this is very concentrated coffee. You will need to dilute this to your liking. I like a 2 to 1 ratio – 1/3 coffee, 2/3 water and then some creamer is how I drink it. You could go more or less water depending on preference.
Did you know it was so easy to make cold brew coffee? Just requires time, but if you make a batch before you go to bed, in the morning you’re ready to strain it and make a glass of iced coffee. Then, the rest of the week you can just pull out your jar of cold coffee concentrate and make a cup on your way out the door. Or take the jar to work to make a cold treat in the afternoon. This is such a refreshing way to enjoy coffee in the summertime and pretty easy to prepare also. I will be keeping a jar in the fridge the rest of the summer!