Cold Brew How To
It’s hot and muggy here in the Midwest. So hot, in fact, that even 7am is too warm to sit out and enjoy a hot cup. Here’s how we cool it off.
All you need is ground coffee, water, a container, and a filter. Because you are not heating the water, your brew time is considerably longer, but yields a super low acid, creamy smooth coffee. Try It!
There are MANY varying opinions on the right coffee to water brewing ratio. This is how we enjoy it:
1. Add 1 cup ground coffee to any container
2. Add 4 cups water
3. Cover and Let Sit 6-12 hrs at room temperature
- You can brew in the fridge, but extraction takes longer the lower the brewing temperature
- You can let it sit up to 24 hours but some people experience more bitterness
- Coffee experts state that you have extracted all the best bits from the beans after around 6 hours at room temp, but play around!
4. Filter off your grounds. I use 2 barriers: first a mesh strainer for large grounds, then pour through a regular coffee filter for super clean cold
5. Dilute to taste when serving- this is extremely subjective. The resulting cold brew is concentrated, so you will need to dilute it to avoid stomach upset or over caffeination. Try a 4:1 coffee to water ratio over ice and adjust from there:)
6. Store your concentrate in a covered container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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