Refreshing Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

How to make cold brew coffee

“Police work wouldn’t be possible without coffee,” Wallander said.
“No work would be possible without coffee.”
They pondered the importance of coffee in silence.
-Henning Mankell, One Step Behind

For many people (ok, ok, including me), coffee is a favorite morning drink. For me, it has never been about the caffeine, as I like decaf just as much … I just enjoy the aroma and taste of coffee.

I don’t drink it every morning, but when I do, I typically drink it straight out of my favorite French press and blended with some butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Other days, I blend this same concoction into a tea of some kind or just enjoy some plain herbal tea.

(Really, there are endless ways to drink coffee … just please, don’t drink the kind that comes in the coffee pods!)

Cold Press Coffee, My Summertime Treat

Iced coffee is everywhere in the summertime, and usually contains more milk and sugar than coffee. While yummy (to some) this type of iced coffee does nothing good for us and can awaken more cravings for sugar by (over)flooding our dopamine receptors.

(Still need convincing? Check out the sugar stats in popular coffee shop options here.)

I’ve found a good alternative in cold brew coffee, which isn’t just hot coffee poured over ice. If you enjoy a quality brew, cold brew coffee stays good to the last drop as it won’t get diluted as the ice melts, and it has none of the downsides of the coffee shop concoctions.

Best of all, it isn’t complicated at all to make at home and saves a ton of money over a grande frappe addiction.

How to Make Cold Press Coffee

Cold brew coffee, as the name suggests, actually brews the coffee cold, resulting in a less bitter and more aromatic cold coffee. The result is a naturally slightly sweeter, full bodied coffee that isn’t watered down by ice.

Some people (like my dad) are coffee purists and would never even consider drinking it cold, but if you aren’t part of that group, give cold brew a try!

To make cold brew coffee, you’ll need:

  • a pitcher or bowel
  • a fine mesh strainer
  • a coffee filter that fits the strainer
  • your favorite coffee, ground coarsely

That’s it! The only catch to this super simple recipe is needing to plan ahead, as this method takes about 12 hours to brew. The advantage is, with a little advanced planning, you can brew coffee in your sleep! (Yay for multi-tasking!)

How to make cold brew coffee

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How to Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is a method of brewing that uses cold water for the entire process, yielding a less bitter and more aromatic finished product that is not diluted with ice.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the coffee and water in a bowl or pitcher and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and put the bowl/pitcher in the fridge (I use a pitcher like this one that comes with a cover).
  3. Leave for at least 12 hours, or as much as 24.
  4. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter (this process will be slow). I strain into a jar and pour a little at a time as I do something else in the kitchen.
  5. This produces a coffee concentrate that can be diluted with water or milk to get the desired taste.

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Be Your Own Barista: Variations

Cold press coffee is just one option for a tasty summer drink. Here are some other favorites (and of course they have health benefits too!):

Vanilla Latte – A delicious variation on bulletproof coffee. Cold brew coffee would make the perfect base!

Golden Milk – An absolute favorite around our house, this drink can be served hot or cold and is a great way to get the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric.

Salted Caramel Latte – Need I say more? For those times when you really need a Starbucks substitute 😉

Ginger Honey Switchel – A slightly sweet and spicy fermented drink (without the lengthy brewing process of kombucha) for a change of pace.

Fruit Infused Water – Your wake-up drink doesn’t have to be coffee (scandalous, I know!). Try fruit or herb infused water for a vibrant start to the day.

“Autoimmuni-Tea” Coffee Substitute – If you’re avoiding coffee for health reasons or if it just doesn’t agree with you, this is an excellent immune-soothing substitute.

What’s your favorite way to have your coffee? Ever tried it cold brewed?

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