Lazy Cold Brew Recipe

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
  • water
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).


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