Hello coffee lovers! You guys know that I love love love coffee. I particularly love a good trip to Starbucks. Cold coffee is my fave. Well. I like all my drinks cold. But yeah I love a good cold brew with cream or just regular iced coffee. Even though I do live for my daily trips to Starbucks, sometimes I crave my homemade cold brew…or sometimes my bank account is craving my homemade cold brew. 😉 Either way, I wanted to share with you guys how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own cold brew coffee at home!
Step One: Gather the necessary tools and ingredients
- Large bowl – one with a spout is preferable
- Tablespoon Measure
- Bag of coffee grounds
- Measuring cup that holds up to at least 6 fl oz
- Coffee filters
- Mesh strainer
- Pitcher with Lid
Step Two: Combine the coffee grounds and water
I use the tablespoon measure to scoop out the desired amount of coffee. I typically put 15 tablespoons in my bowl. This may seem like a lot, but just remember that your cold brew coffee could last you an entire week. So, after I put my 15 tbs of coffee grounds in the bowl I add the water. I put 6 oz of water per tablespoon of coffee grounds used. In this case, I used 90 oz of water. No stirring is necessary. If you were wondering. Also, I just use water from the tap. No fancy water needed! 😉
Step Three: Cover the bowl and refrigerate
I don’t have a lid for for my bowl which isn’t a big deal…I just cover it with tin foil. Anyway, I cover the bowl and stick it in the fridge for at least 12 hours. So set it and forget it!
Step Four: Strain the coffee grounds
After my coffee has brewed for at least 12 hours in the fridge, I strain the coffee grounds from the liquid. This is the most time consuming part of the process, but it is totally worth it. I place my small mesh strainer over the top of the pitcher and place a coffee filter inside the strainer. Then…I pour the coffee through the filter. I usually will fill up a filter, let the coffee drain through, and then replace that filter before pouring more coffee. It’s not necessary to replace the filter after each pour, but I think using fresh filters for each pour makes the process go faster. That could be in my mind though. 😉
Now, beyond the actual process…just some tidbits about cold brew for you guys. Cold brew is not the same as iced coffee. In most cases iced coffee is literally hot coffee that has been poured over or into ice to cool it down. Sometimes iced coffee is a concoction made from using a dissolving instant coffee powder in cold water.
Cold brew coffee depends on time rather than heat to extract the coffee’s oils, sugar, and caffeine from medium to coarse ground coffee. Cold brew coffee is also typically smoother and less bitter than heat brewed coffee AND more caffeine rich which is all a plus plus plus! 🙂
And there you have it! Easy peasy. Now you’ll have fresh made cold brew right at your fingertips in the comfort of your own fridge! Anddd if you need some of the supplies or ingredients I used click here for a curated list!