I love coffee - but my addition gets pricey when I've got to shell out $4 for a small carton of cold brew coffee from my favorite local coffee shop. I also love iced coffee, but cringe when a barista pours hot coffee over ice: it's bitter & now it's just diluted.
Solution: make my own cold brew coffee using a french press!
The key to cold brew coffee is that it uses time - versus heat - to make a perfect cup of joe.
Grab your french press and let's get started :)
Step 1: Materials
- French Press
- Filtered water (you can use just tap water, but coffee is 99% water, so ya might as well use the best tasting water you can get your hands on)
- coffee: coarsely ground!!
- measuring cup
- rubber band
- plastic wrap
- coffee creamer (optional)
- sugar (optional)
- recycled glass bottle to put all of your delicious coffee concentrate into once you're done
Step 2: Let's Get Brewing!
- Add 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee to your french press
- Add 4 cups of (filtered) water on top
- Place plastic wrap over the top, seal off with a rubber band
Step 3: Wait... Patiently.... Then Press It!
The recommended time for cold brew is between 12 - 18 hours. I brewed mine for 18 hours, and it turned out perfectly!
Once you've waited oh-so-patiently for the perfect cup of coffee, press it!
Step 4: Prep Your Perfect Cup of Cold Brew Coffee!
With this recipe, I recommend diluting it 1:1 (coffee concentrate to water ratio).
For those who get the jitters from strong coffee, I'd kick the water portion up a notch, as this is quite strong.
Grab some water, ice, a cup, and creamer and/or sugar, and kick start your morning with this coffee! Store your coffee concentrate in the glass bottle you're re-using, and now you'll have coffee concentrate for your work week.
You can even use your coffee grounds in your garden as compost if you want!
Thanks for reading my Instructable, and if you try this, let me know!