Question for you: How do you make iced coffee? Please, please, PLEASE don’t tell me it is by pouring burning hot coffee over a tumbler full of ice cubes. I beg you. My heart can’t take it.
Just kidding, I can take it. I was just being dramatic. I used to make my ice coffee that way too. And then I learned how to make it 100x better.
Have you heard of cold brew coffee? I have you have, nice, but don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t––It’s an up and coming trend in coffee that happens to be perfect for summer. Unlike the traditional way of making coffee where you pour hot water over coffee grinds, you essentially steep the coffee grinds in cold water to slowly infuse and brew the coffee.
Now you may be thinking…what’s so great about that? Well here are few reasons why cold brew rocks:
You can taste the flavor notes better. You know how gourmet coffees boast different flavors like chocolate, honey, rose, and vanilla to name a few? You know, the ones that the coffee shop baristas pretend are there because you’ve never tasted them before and have only pretended so far? They’re real. You can taste them so much better this way.
It makes a better iced coffee. Your favorite iced coffee from the local coffee house? Yeah, it’s cold-brewed. That’s why iced coffee tastes better from there than when you make it at home.
It’s always ready. Just pour and enjoy!
You can make it on a weekly basis. In other words, less often than how you make your usual coffee. The “concentrate” lasts for up to a week.
It brews while you sleep! All you need is 8 hours to make the perfect cup!
Have I convinced you to try the way of cold brew yet? Please tell me I have!
Cold Brew Coffee
Makes 3-6 drinks, depending on how strong you like your coffee.
- I am using a Bodum French Press to make my coffee. It’s the easiest way to separate the grinds from the coffee. If you don’t have a french press, you can strain the coffee using a cheesecloth.
- I ground up my coffee using a Vitamix dry container.
- 1 cup whole bean coffee. I am using the Kageyo Station coffee by Sightglass Coffee.
- 4 1/2 cups filtered water at room temperature.
- Optional: milk, sugar
1. Coarsely grind your coffee beans. You want coarse beans because that works best in a french press and also because if you’re doing the cheesecloth method, it’ll be easier to make sure the grinds don’t get through the holes of the cheesecloth.
2. Add the water and coffee to your french press or to a large container. I made a lot of coffee, so I split up my brew between my french press and a large container. Let the coffee brew for 8+ hours. 3. After 8 hours, separate the grinds from the coffee by using the french press or the cheesecloth method.
A nice cup of cold coffee and a few cookies are the perfect way to take an afternoon break! My friends brought me these amazing cookies from Brown Butter Cookie Company. They’re Brown Butter Sea Salt and absolutely divine. Each cookie is hand-rolled and they finish the cookies with a touch of sea salt. Also, each cookie melt-in-your-mouth cookie is only 94 calories. Good stuff!Yum