Preparing cold brew coffee at home is easy, fun and delicious.
While for most of the people the concept is pouring hot coffee in a glass with ice cubes, but it’s a bit different.
Normally, ice coffee is brewed double strength with heat and served with ice.
However, the cold brew is made without heat and with a long steep time to extract the flavor from coffee grounds.
There is a big difference in taste if you brew the same coffee in hot water.
In the past, I still remember that cold brew coffee was a simple iced coffee. It had a standard filter coffee poured over ice.
Nowadays, it’s different and much better.
How to Cold Brew Coffee
Since I’m a coffee fanatic and my day doesn’t begin without it, I’ve found some interesting ways to cold brew coffee at home.
As mentioned before, it takes extra time during the cold brew process; you have to be patient to extract the flavor, else it would only taste like a bitter cold water.
Cold Brew In A Mason Jar
This is one of my most favorite and perhaps the most effective method to prepare a delicious cup of cold brew coffee.
Follow the steps below:
- Freshly ground coffee. No longer than 2-weeks.
- A clean and dry mason jar with a lid.
- A large bowl.
- A straining cloth or a coffee strainer.
- Cold water.
- A spoon to mix
- And lots of Patience.
Step 1 – Buy freshly ground coffee from the market and pour it in a mason jar. If you have coffee beans, grind them properly. Use the best coffee grinder for doing so.
Your coffee beans after grinding should appear like breadcrumbs.
Don’t add too much coffee in the jar. The perfect ratio is two tablespoons of coffee per six ounces of water.
Step 2 – Now with the coffee grounds sitting in the bottom of the jar, fill it with cold water and gently stir until the grounds are properly mixed.
Step 3 – Close the lid of your mason jar or cover it using any lid. Place it in the fridge and let it sit there for 18-24 hours.
Step 4 – After 18-24 hours, your coffee will be fully brewed. Take a large bowl and strain into it. You can use a clean cloth or a coffee strainer so that no grounds pass through.
It is better to strain twice to ensure all the grounds are properly removed. However, if you cannot seem to sift it all out, don’t worry. It’s a good sign that your grind is perfect.
Step 5 – Finally, serve your coffee with ice, milk, and sugar (optional). Put the remaining back in the fridge.
The best thing about cold brew coffee or cold press is if stored properly, it remains fresh and of the same taste for more than three weeks.
You’ve learned how cold brew coffee. Perhaps a friend of yours is still thinking iced coffee as a cold brew.
Share this article with them to tell them the difference.
Also check out my article on making coffee without a coffee maker.