If you're anything like me, cold brew is an expensive but delicious store-bought item. The other day I was about to go to our local grocery store for my every-three-days cold brew run. Then it hit me- why am I spending money on this when I could just make my own?
Cold brew coffee is a strong brew of coffee due to.. Brewing it cold. Hot water kills a small amount of the caffeine in coffee grounds when it's steeped. If you want a cheap cup of coffee to kill the craving for fancy, expensive coffee, this will be your miracle of the week.
Disclaimer: This is definitely not the proper way to do this.
Things you will need:
- Coffee grounds, preferably coarse and not finely ground
- a small strainer
- a cheesecloth or a coffee filter
- a mason jar/container to hold the drink
- If you want to make a really strong concentrate of cold brew I would use 3-4 tbsp per 2 cups of water. For my brew, I used 2 tbsp of coffee and 2 cups of water. Put a lid on your jar, shake the mixture and let it sit for 24-48 hours.
- After 24-48 hours, your cold brew should be ready. Pull out your strainer and your cheesecloth/coffee filter with a clean cup or jar underneath and begin to pour your mixture slowly into it, making sure you don't get coffee grounds in your cup.
- Congratulations! You have cold brew. If it's a very strong coffee, cut it with water when serving. My first batch didn't turn out as strong as I was hoping, so I ended up drinking it straight. I suggest using milk or plant-based milk with it, with some sugar or syrup flavoring (my favorite is hazelnut).