How To Make Cold Brew Coffee – Best Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

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Some things in life are worth waiting for, and one of those things is cold brew. It sounds dramatic, but it’s true! Once you learn how to make cold brew coffee at home, you’ll know exactly what we mean. It’s rich and creamy, and it will change the way you drink iced coffee. And good news: it’s incredibly easy to do. You just need to plan ahead.

Your average iced coffee is made by cooling hot drip coffee, but cold brew is made by steeping ground coffee in cold water for at least 12 hours. The result is slightly sweeter and less acidic than regular coffee (meaning it’s kinder to the stomach), plus it’s less diluted. Make a big batch to keep in the fridge, then customize it to suit your mood: add cream or sugar (or sweetened condensed milk if you’re feeling extravagant!), or heat it up and drink it hot . No matter how it’s served, we just can’t get enough of it.

Many trendy cafes sell cold brew coffee, but you don’t have to be a barista to brew it. Check out our easy way to make cold brew coffee at home. You just need the same two ingredients you need for regular coffee – ground coffee beans and water. There is no need for a special coffee maker and no need for boiling water. The only hard point is the wait!

How long does it take to brew a cold brew?

For the perfect cold brew concentrate, coffee should steep for approximately 12-24 hours. It may seem long (it is!), but the process is almost entirely hands-off. You can start brewing your coffee in the evening and then brew it the next day. It’s also a good project for a Sunday afternoon – get your cold brew ready for the week ahead!

What type of coffee beans do I need?

Any type of coffee bean will do, but we like a good quality dark roast (cold brew is not for people who like weak coffee!). The coffee should be coarsely ground, the same way you would grind beans for a French press. The coarser grind gives cold brew a milder taste and also makes straining easier.

How to make cold brew at home?

You’ll need some basic supplies: First, find two large containers (a pitcher or mason jar is fine for small amounts, but if you’re making a big batch like this, go for something bigger ). Next, make sure you have a fine-mesh strainer and cheesecloth. Once you have all the materials, you are ready to start brewing! This recipe makes cold brew concentrate, which means it’s strong – and we mean really strong. We added our favorite way to serve it. Tip: It’s soft, creamy and delicious.

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24 – 30


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Perfect cold brew coffee

2 tbsp.

sweetened condensed milk

Half and half, to serve

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Cold Brew Concentrate

  1. In a large container, mix 1 pound of ground coffee with 8 liters of cold water.
  2. Mix, cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 12 hours or overnight.
  3. Layer a fine-mesh colander with cheesecloth and place it over a separate container. Slowly pour the brewed coffee through the strainer, letting all the liquid drain out.
  4. Place the coffee concentrate in the refrigerator and allow to cool.

Perfect cold brew coffee

  1. Fill a glass with ice, then pour in the cold brew concentrate until your glass is three-quarters full.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk (or enough sugar to achieve the level of sweetness you like) and a healthy dose of milk or half and half.
  3. Stir to combine and enjoy!

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