Brewing Basics: How To Make Cold Brew Coffee
Stop everything you’re doing! (Umm, unless you’re driving – please don’t read blogs and drive.)
Now count up how many times have you’ve mindlessly dropped $3 or more on a mid-afternoon cold brew coffee pick-me-up. If you’re like me, then too many to count.
It’s almost NOT FAIR! Lunch settles in and things start getting all sluggish, so you sneak out with your work buddies for a fresh cold brew coffee.
You’re JOLTED right back to productivity!
…but after a few days, those bucks are starting to add up.
Challenge –> I want you to learn to make cold brew coffee. Then take it into your office this week and blow your co-workers’ minds.
Challenge accepted? Cool, let’s begin…
• Large glass container or jar with lid (should hold at least 32oz)
• Chemex Filter (or any large coffee filter)
• Chemex or other large glass container to capture final product
• Half bag (6 oz or 170g) of coffee beans ground course
• 28 oz (830g) of cold water (filtered or bottled)
1. Add your ground coffee into your glass container, top off with all the water and stir. Wait 3 minutes.
2. Give the mixture a final gentle stir to incorporate all the grounds and cover with a lid. Store at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours.
3. Add a filter to your Chemex and rinse with cold water, emptying out of the spout once all the water passes through. (note, you can also use a coffee filter inside a fine mesh strainer if you don’t own a Chemex)
4. Pour your coffee mixture in small batches through the filter. Store your cold brew concentrate covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
There are so many applications with this delectable concentrate, but here are the basics.
• Cold Brew: Add 1 part cold brew concentrate to 2-3 parts water, milk, or almond milk for a refreshing cold beverage.
• Hot Coffee: Add 1 part cold brew concentrate to 2-3 parts hot water – adjusting the water to your desired level of strength.
Seriously. Once you realize how easy it is, you’ll be keeping jugs of the stuff to leave in the office fridge. (of course with the appropriate skull & cross bones “DO NOT TOUCH” label).
Co-workers already begging for more? Double the recipe by simply doubling the the coffee & water. Congrats, now you can tackle those sleepy afternoons AND have a few extra bucks for happy hour.
(NOTE: For best results, make sure to avoid common brewing mistakes with our 5 fast fixes for tastier coffee at home.)