Cold brew coffee is one of my newest favorite things. Some might say that I’m obsessed, and I’m 100% ok with that label. I’m actually a little angry with myself that it took me so long to try it out, it has taken my coffee game to an entirely different level. If you haven’t taken the plunge and tried cold brew coffee, do it now! You’ll be glad that you did. Doesn’t it look divine?
A few things to know about cold brew coffee:
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1 – Cold brew coffee is not hot coffee poured over ice. Cold brew coffee is brewed cold and then kept that way. It takes about 12-16 hours for this magical brew to be ready for consumption, but it is well worth the wait! Your cold brew can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 14 days after brewing, so once you wait the painful 12-16 hours, you’re go to go for a while. I opt for a glass container that seals closed, like a mason jar, when storing my brew in the fridge. The cold brew coffee maker that I use from Ten Chef’s doubles as a maker and storage container (full tutorial below). I have been extremely please with this purchase, you can find the one I use on Amazon here – – – > Cold Brew Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser by Ten Chef’s
2 – Cold brew coffee is very concentrated. When you first start off with cold brew coffee you may want to start as high as a 1:1 ratio of cold brew coffee to another liquid (water, milk, milk substitute) and then work your way up or down from there to find your sweet spot. I mix my coffee over ice as follows: 1 cup cold brew coffee and 3/4 cup So Delicious Organic Vanilla Coconut-milk Beverage.
3 – Cold brew coffee is not as bitter as hot brewed coffee, therefore you might be able to omit a sweetener in your daily cup(s) of joe. I normally add honey to my hot brew, however, my cold brew does not get sweetened (minus the coconut milk, which is also added to my hot brew). If you normally sweeten your hot brew try the cold version out unsweetened first and see what you think, worst case you add some sweetener in after your first sip.
4 – Cold brew coffee can be served warm if you so desire. Prepare it like you would tea. First, heat up the ratio of liquid that you usually dilute your cold brew with. After your water is warm add in the cold brew concentrate and any desired milk/milk substitute/sweetener.
I discovered cold brew coffee in September when I was having stomach issues. It was recommended that I stop/limit my coffee intake to help with said issues, however, I was less than pleased with elimination of coffee in my life as a solution. I love coffee, and I wasn’t ready to give it up, even if my stomach was. After several google searches I discovered people claiming that while their stomach could not handle hot brewed coffee, they could in fact drink the cold brew stuff no problem. Satisfied that google had once again solved my problems, I went to bed after fitting a Target run into my schedule for the next day.
Once I finally made my way over to the grocery section, I found Chameleon Cold Brew and it changed my life! I didn’t have to eliminate coffee, just like google said it would, my stomach tolerated the cold brew stuff way better than the hot brew version. Yay! While I still purchase the store bought version from time to time, (usually the Vanilla, if I can find it) I have found that I can make cold brew coffee just as easily as home.
Here’s the supplies you’ll need to brew your concentrate: water, coarsely ground coffee, and a cold brew coffee maker like the one I found on Amazon from Ten Chef’s:
How to make your brew (instructions also come with the coffee maker):
1 – Start with about 2/3 – 1 cup coarsely ground coffee and add it to the filter portion of the coffee maker. I try to add enough coffee grounds to mine so that it’s filled a little more than halfway. Just like your hot brew maker at home, you will figure out your personal preference for how much grounds you prefer by playing around with it.
2 – Slowly add room temperature water to the 32 ounce marker on the pitcher. Notice how on the first picture I’ve momentarily pulled the filter out to make sure I have the correct amount of water added. In the second picture it appears that I have too much water because the filter has been placed back inside the pitcher.
3 – Place the cover on the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. I like mine best after about 14 hours of brewing, but have brewed it as long as 16 hours and it was still lovely.
4 – Take out the filter and discard the grounds. Your concentrate can be enjoyed now mixed with about a 1:1 ratio of concentrate to liquid (water/milk/milk substitute), or store it with the cover on in the fridge for up to 14 days until you’re ready to enjoy it.
Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite way to enjoy your cold brew coffee, I’m always up for trying something new.