A Cold Brew For You: DIY Cold Brew Coffee

Keeping with the coffee theme, this week I decided to attempt my first cold brew coffee of the season and decided to share my recipe and technique with you! First off making your own cold brew guarantees that you brew it the way you like it every time, allows you to choose quality and sustainability of your coffee and by making your own in a large batch, you can save it in the fridge for up to two weeks- meaning an iced coffee when ever you want!

Image from the LA Times

Cutting back on your waste by avoiding one-time-use cups and containers makes a huge difference to our personal ecological footprint. Enjoy your beverage in a reusable glass tumbler or if you’re a fan of the mason jar, check out these handy lids from Cuppow .

First off you are going to need the following items:

So the recipe is fairly simple as it is a 4:1 ratio of water to coffee. In this case I used 4 cups of room temperature water and 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee. You can use pre-ground coffee, but you will need to strain it a little more that’s all.

Step One: Grind your beans coarsely so they are easier to sift out.

Step Two: Mix water and coffee in a bowl. I actually use my large tea steeper from my David’s Tea pot.

Cold Brew Coffee
Steeping coffee grinds in room temperature water.

Step Three: Let mixture soak 8-24 hours. The longer you brew the stronger the taste.

Step Four: Take your clean empty bowl, line with paper towel or cheese cloth and pour cold coffee into the new bowl to separate the grinds from the liquid. Do this twice or three times to  remove the fine sediment. Put coffee grinds and filters into your municipal or home compost to ensure that this is zero waste project!

Step Five: Pour filtered coffee into a sterilized mason jar or glass jug with lid (I used a clean Avalon Organics milk jug)

Step Six: Enjoy! After I chill my cold brew in the fridge I use a martini shaker to mix up the coffee, a tablespoon (to taste) sweetened condensed milk and ice for a refreshing hit of caffeine. Pro Tip: Having some friends over for bevvies? Add a splash of Kahlua to the mixture for a little something special.

Iced Coffee
Iced Coffee in reusable tumbler.

I received this handy-dandy reusable tumbler as a bridesmaid gift last fall (Thanks Bec!) Looking for something similar? Check out this Stainless Steel Tumbler by D’Eco for all your iced coffee and frappe needs.



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