It's summer time and my morning jones for java requires a temperature modification! I used to work at a popular national chain coffee shop that charged $2 - $3 or more for just a cup of cold press coffee. In this instructable I will show you how to use the exact same procedure but on a smaller scale for at-home consumption.
Step 1: The Grind
At most grocery stores or coffee shops you can buy your beans in bulk and grind them on the premises. I find that this is the best way to get the right grind. I used to have a small coffee grinder but found that I never could get the right balance between too coarse and too fine of a grind. The coffee shop I worked at would grind beans for cold-press on the "metal filter" setting. At home, when we make hot coffee we use a french press so the coffee I use for this recipe at home is ground on the "french press" setting on the grinder at the grocery store.
For those of you grinding at home, below I have posted an up-close pic of perfectly coarse coffee grounds for this recipe. I put the grounds next to some Grape Nuts cereal for a size comparison.
Step 2: Measure the coffee
Measure out about 2 mugs full of ground coffee. For those of you who are into precision, that's 8oz or a half pound of ground coffee.
Now, just dump your coffee grounds into the 1 gallon pitcher.
** You can add another mug or two of ground coffee to the same amount of water to make a concentrate not unlike Toddy .
Step 3: Just add water!
Now you have a 1 gallon pitcher with dry coffee grounds in the bottom. Fill the pitcher up with cold water. The coffee shops use filtered water but I just use good old Cleveland municipal water!