Make delicious cold brew coffee at home with this easy recipe! The end result is smooth coffee that’s flavorful and less acidic than regular coffee.
As I’m sure many of you know, we are big coffee fans over here and we’ve been cold brew lovers for years… way before Starbucks starting selling it.
We routinely make a batch of cold brew concentrate on Sundays to enjoy throughout the week. It’s an essential part of our Sunday meal prep.
Why is Cold Brew Coffee So Much Better?
It’s lower in acidity – According to a study done by Toddy, cold brew coffee is over 67% less acidic than hot brewed coffee! The acidity of regular coffee can cause heartburn as well as damage to your teeth and the lining of your stomach. The lower acidity of cold brew is also better for keeping your body’s pH levels balanced. I can attest to the fact that regular hot-brewed coffee makes my stomach start grumbling almost immediately and often times it sends me directly to the bathroom. Cold brew coffee doesn’t have this affect.
It’s sweeter and smoother – Because the coffee grounds aren’t exposed to high temps, cold brew coffee usually tastes more flavorful and less bitter. Some people find that they need less sweetener and cream when drinking cold brew, which is great if you’re cutting back on added sugar or watching your calorie intake. I was honestly never a fan of black coffee until we started drinking cold brew. I still add almond milk to cold brew occasionally (this recipe is THE BEST!).
There’s little to no waste – You can use the cold brew concentrate to make a cup of coffee (hot or cold) at the strength you prefer, one cup at a time. And the concentrate stays good in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This works out really well for Isaac and me because he prefers his coffee stronger than I like mine. Previous to making cold brew we would use our regular coffee pot or a french press and usually the coffee was either too strong for me or too weak for him. And we were always making more coffee than we drank so inevitably a lot of brewed coffee went down the drain. Now we rarely, if ever, waste coffee.
You can serve it cold or hot – As I mentioned, you can serve cold brew cold or hot. Obviously, it’s super simple to make iced coffee — just add cold water and ice to the concentrate. For hot coffee, you simply boil water and add it to your cold brew concentrate. It can also be heated in the microwave if you’re in a rush.
So now that you know why cold brew is awesome, let me tell you how to make it. Don’t worry, it’s not hard!
Here’s What You Need
coarsely ground coffee beans – if you buy your coffee beans from a coffee shop and don’t have a grinder, you can ask them to grind them for you! If you buy your coffee beans at the store, you can use the self-service area to grind the beans.
cold water – I like to use filtered water for optimal flavor!
a large mason jar – any large container will do, I just prefer a large mason jar for storing.
Can You Use Regular Ground Coffee for Cold Brew?
I actually wouldn’t recommend using regular ground coffee! You want a course grain so you can easily filter out the coffee grounds. Thinner grounds will seep right through the strainer. Fine grounds could also result in a more bitter concentrate.
How to Serve Cold Brew
After letting your cold brew steep, you’ll strain it and you’ll have cold brew concentrate! I recommend using one part coffee concentrate to four parts water, milk or cream. So I would add 1/4 cup cold brew concentrate with 1 cup of cold water. Isaac likes his coffee a bit stronger, so uses less water.
Like I mentioned earlier, you can serve this warm or cold. If you want a warm cup of coffee simply add warm water or milk to the concentrate.
Does Cold Brew Have More Caffeine Than Regular Coffee?
Cold brew usually has more caffeine than iced coffee. Iced coffee is just hot brewed coffee poured over ice which results in a watered down coffee. Because cold brew is not diluted, it has more caffeine. Of course, you can control how much water you add to your cup so you can decide how weak or strong you want your cup to be!
Storing Cold Brew Concentrate
Make sure you strain the coffee grounds from the concentrate after allowing to steep for 12-24 hours. If you keep the grounds in your coffee, the end result will be stronger and more bitter.
After straining, store the cold brew concentrate in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I like to use a large mason jar!
Make delicious cold brew coffee at home with this easy recipe! The end result is tasty cold brewed coffee that’s smooth, flavorful and less acidic than regular coffee.
1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans
3 cups cold water
32 oz large mason jar
Add coffee: Pour 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee beans into a large 32 oz mason jar. Add 1 1/2 cups cold water. Gently stir to ensure all the grounds are wet and then add remaining 1 1/2 cups water.
Steep: Put the lid on the jar and place in your refrigerator. Allow the coffee to steep for 12 to 24 hours (times may vary). Be aware that the longer it steeps, the stronger your coffee will be.
Strain: After steeping, set your strainer over the large bowl and place a coffee filter, mesh cloth or thin dish towel (that you don’t mind staining) in the strainer. Pour the coffee mixture through the filter to catch the grounds. Rinse your jar out, and transfer the cold coffee back into the jar for storage.
Serve: To serve, add cold brew concentrate and water into a glass with ice. The ratio to use will depend on how strong you like your coffee, but I usually do 4:1 so 1 cup of cold water with ¼ cup cold brew concentrate or 2 cups of cold water and ½ cup cold brew concentrate for a larger glass. Add milk to your liking and enjoy.
Serving Size:1 cup of cold brew without milk
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