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We all need a little pick me up now again, and face it, coffee is one of the best ways to do that. You might be a tea drinker, or a soda drinker, but coffee will always be a great, delicious way to get some caffeine on those busy days where you need a jolt. And since summer is here, you might need a way to do that that doesn’t involve hot coffee.
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The solution? This Cold-brew Iced Coffee Recipe.
Most of you have probably heard of cold brew, or have tried it before. It’s served at Caribou, Starbucks, and most other major chains and small town coffee shops. It’s the perfect drink for people who love drip coffee but want it cold for the summer. It’s also something that a lot of people who don’t normally like drip coffee might love. Cold brew coffee has a lot less acidity, so it tends to be easier on stomachs and taste what is often described as “mellow”. So you don’t like drip, black coffee? Try cold brew, you might love it! The other great thing about cold brew is that it’s great for on the run. Pour it into a thermos or other thing you can take with you if you’re running late, or just don’t feel like making coffee.
It’s a simple process to make it. All you will need is coarse ground coffee, some water, a fridge, and about 18-24 hours.
It’s incredibly important that your coffee is coarse ground for this cold brew iced coffee recipe. If you hear that someone tried to make their own cold brew and it didn’t turn out it’s usually because they tried to use the coffee they normally buy to make the cold brew. It won’t work. You need coffee that looks like breadcrumbs.
You are going to be using a coffee to water ratio of about 1:8. So, this recipe calls for 1 cup of coffee to 8 cups of water. If you want less, cut it in half. If you want more, double it. If you make the coffee and realize the taste is too strong you can always dilute it with water, so it’s better err on the stronger side.
Straining the grounds out of the coffee is likely the most difficult part, and a lot of people have their favorite ways to do it. A good way is if you have a pour over, Chemex, or even a funnel, to place a coffee filter in it and run your water through the filter (into a bowl or another pitcher, obviously). You could also scoop out the grounds if you’re dedicated, or if you have a french press you could filter them out through it.
If you like sweetener and cream in your coffee, make sure you use simple syrup or something else that will stir in. Try our homemade coffee syrups! Though it’s always recommended you taste the coffee before you change it (in case you like it!), if you try to stir granulated sugar into a cold beverage the sugar won’t incorporate properly and will sink to the bottom.
Use the cold brew to make ice cubes! Then later if you want a frappuccino or just cold coffee but you don’t want to dilute it with water, you can use the ice cubes.
Cold brew coffee will store for much longer than hot coffee, but it tastes best the first couple of days. After a few days it will develop an oily film.
- 1 cup coarse ground dark roast
- 8 cups water
- Pour the 1 cup coarse ground dark roast coffee into a pitcher with the 8 cups water. Stir.
- Put the pitcher in a fridge for 18-24 hours.
- Strain coffee grounds from pitcher (see above for tips on straining). Pour and enjoy!