Introduction: Cold-brew Coffee
Using time instead of electricity(well, save for 20 seconds in the grinder if you're using whole beans, which, of course, you must for the most delicious coffee), cold -brewed coffee also delivers a sweeter(less acidic) more caffeinated beverage for your morning glory.
Simply subtract 12 hours before your ritual morning sip and make the next morning's portion. Only takes a few minutes. Or, if you prefer, you can make a whole week's worth in one go. It stays nice in the fridge for at least two weeks.
The process is so simple, and costs SO much less than a pour at your local, upscale coffee joint that even offers the stuff. Enjoy over ice or, what's even greater, if you are one to add raw milk, it doesn't coagulate all funny due to the temperature differences. And if you like it black, no waiting for your morning jolt to cool down! How great is that?!
Step 1: What You'll Need
- Whole, fresh-roasted coffee beans
- 32 oz of cold water
- tall mixing spoon
- large mason jar
- fine mesh strainer with optional textile cloth
I used 3/4 cup of whole beans for 32 oz of water.
My mason jar holds a bit more than 32 oz, but not much, so with the ground coffee and water, I ended up using maybe 30-31 oz of water.
My strainer has a very fine mesh, but I also employ my trusty felted wool square for ultimate straining.
Find a spoon(or fork) a few inches taller than your jar.
If you don't have a grinder(are you not a serious coffee drinker?) maybe you have a Magic Bullet? Or you could have your local roaster fresh-grind a bag for you, then keep that in an airtight container. Either way, you want the coarsest grind, or else your final product may end up cloudy.
Step 2: Grind!
Pour those beautiful, oily beans into your grinder. As I mentioned, I used 3/4 cup for a little under 32 oz of water. My grinder is what would be referred to as a personal size grinder, so really cannot hold much more than that. Keep in mind that 3/4 of a cup of whole beans is quite a lot, probably good for a few morning's worth. You'll want to experiment and go slowly - this stuff may be stronger than what you are used to drinking.
I used the coursest grind, set for 4 cups. Took maybe 20 seconds.
Perfectly ground! I think I bought this unit a few years ago, maybe at Bed Bath and Beyond. I've never had any problems with it, and assume you could find it on Amazon.
Step 3: Mix It Up!
I use a wide-mouthed funnel as to not lose any of the precious grinds.
Adding the clean water. We have a well, Spring-fed water would also be lovely!
Step 4: Set Aside And... Make Dinner
I cover mine, and shake it a few times every so often, at the beginning, because I can.
Brew time is completed after 12 hours. Experiment if you like for 18, enjoying a cup in the morning, then another in the afternoon. It surely will be stronger, and you may need to temper with other mediums: ice, milk, or if you are done with tedious tasks, something equally strong.
Step 5: Strain the Coffee
I prefer the strainer paired with a felted wool square. Both are reusable and super easy to rinse/wash.
Step 6: Enjoy!
Straight up, with ice or however suits you.
No noisy espresso machine, no waiting to drink it.
Try a batch and report your own results in the comments.
Thanks for looking and Keep Making!