How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

By Jay      

August 23, 2016

Do you love COLD BREW COFFEE? It's so easy to make! Cold brew is exceptionally smooth and almost sweet and non-acidic. I'm sure there's a very good scientific reason for all of this, but that's not what this page is about. OK, let's make some COLD BREW!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 12 hrs
  • Yields: 1 Gallon

Ingredients

1 lb Coffee - I recommend grinding beans fresh yourself, for best flavor.

16 cups water - or enough to fill the container you're using. You can always use a bit of a smaller container and dilute it before consuming.

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Directions

1Find some good fresh coffee beans! I recommend these organic beans.

Coffee Bean Close Up

2Grind the beans a bit rough, not too fine. You don't want sediment, which will happen if you have particles that are smaller than the holes in the mesh bag that we'll be using for the brew sesh.

Close Up of Fresh Ground Coffee Beans

3Pour those lovely grounds into a plastic mesh bag. This bag is so easy to use, and is reusable. I highly recommend. I got this mesh bag on Amazon.

Freshly Ground Coffee going into Jar for Cold Brew.

4Sinch the bag shut, and place into a gallon jar of some sort. I found this pretty decent jar that comes with a spigot on Amazon.

Coffee Beans in Bag in Jar

5Now fill that jar with some high quality H20! No, seriously.. I recommend purified water. Reverse osmosis purified if possible. The better tasting your water is, the better your cold brew coffee will be, trust me. I have a home water purifier that works perfectly, and it was cheap and easy to install! This is the same reverse osmosis unit that I have owned for the past 5 years, highly recommended, also found on Amazon.

Making Cold Brew Coffee

6Let the coffee brew/steep for 18-24 hours, in or out of the fridge, it doesn't really matter at this point. The longer it steeps, the stronger the taste! Keep it in your fridge if you want it cold! I suggest drinking it with a little simple syrup and ice! Enjoy!

Cold Brew Coffee Brewing

Simple Syrup

1If you want to sweeten your cold brew, using sugar won't work too well as it won't dissolve well in the cold drink. Simple syrup to the rescue! Simply get a little bit of hot water, maybe 1-2 ounces. Microwave it or use your kettle, but get it HOT! You're going to use it to dissolve some sugar, making a "simple syrup". The goal is to dissolve as much sugar as you think you'll need in your cold beverage, using as little water as possible.. depending on how much dilution you're OK with adding to your drink. Once the sugar is disolved, add the simple syrup to your coffee and mix thoroughly.

Be aware that your brew may be very strong! You may want to dilute it a bit before consuming. Feel free to dilute it with water, cream, or a combination of them both. Enjoy!

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