Cold brew coffee has become increasingly popular, and for good reason - it's delicious when brewed well. You will enjoy little or no bitterness, and increased sweetness and flavor. It's also a very simple process. The most difficult part is patience, because a good home cold crew coffee needs about 16 or more hours to brew.
If you are new to cold brew and want to compare your current method to ours here are some starting guidelines.
You will need:
- 1 ounce very coarsely ground coffee for every 2 cups of room temp water* (NOT hot).
- 1 glass jar with a lid large enough to hold the amount of water you plan to use
- 1 glass jar or bowl at least as large as the jar above (to strain off the grounds later)
- 1 coffee filter (optional)
Step 1: Place very coarsely ground coffee into the jar
Step 2: Pour the measured water in the jar (some people choose to add the water in 2 parts, some add it all together. Either is fine as long as it is thoroughly mixed with no lumps.)
Step 3: Stir grounds and water to saturate all grounds and gently stir to mix if there are any clumps
Step 4: Securely place the lid on the jar and set the jar aside
Step 5: Every few hours or when you think about it, turn it upside down a few times gently to oscillate the ground and water. If the jar does not have a leak-proof lid you can also just stir the grounds gently a couple of times.
Step 6: After 16-20 hours, put sieve over another jar or bowl and pour out all contents in the coffee jar.
Now you have cold brew! It will still be a little gritty at this point, so if you have any type of filter such as a pour over or a Chemex filter:
Step 7: Pour the coffee through the filter to strain out the remaining grinds.
Step 8: Rinse out the original mason jar and then use that to store coffee in the fridge.
*Note: You can always add more or less coffee the next time but this is a good starting ratio.