This is a quick start guide to making your own cold brew coffee. Cold brew coffee is often confused with iced coffee but the two are very different.
Note that this is a "Quick Start" or an overview of the process so that you can brew at home. There are far more detailed conversations that can be found after you get started and are more adventurous.
Iced coffee is brewed hot and just poured over ice. Cold brew coffee is actually coffee grounds steeped in cold water over a long period of time (12 to 24 hours) and then strained and served. The process never involves hot water.
The flavor difference between the two methods is huge. Iced coffee is brewed fast and generally brewed stronger to account for the melting ice diluting the coffee. This process creates a more bitter coffee as the extraction of flavor from the beans is quick. Cold brewing coffee is done over the course of 24 hours. The easier infusion process produces much less acidity and results in a sweeter overall flavor.
The best news is you most likely already have everything you need to get started.
- Set your grinder to a coarse setting. You do not want a fine grind as it will likely create a cloudy coffee.
- Use a large mason jar or a pitcher with a lid that closes. Looking at your pitcher you are going to use a ration of 1:8 of coffee and water. Just pour the grounds in the bottom and then fill with water.
- Stir the water and the grounds until they are mixed well. Then cover and leave in your refrigerator for 12 - 24 hours. We recommend 24 hours but you will find a difference in taste with times and choose what your prefer after some experimentation.
- After your desired time has passed strain the coffee through a fine strainer or sieve to remove the large grounds. You can either do this into a second pitcher, jar or a large bowl. Discard your grounds and then pour the strained coffee back into your cleaned pitcher or jar.
- Repeat step 4 two times, or until you see no murkiness.
- Serve over ice and cover and refrigerate what you have left. Cold brew coffee can store well for a week or longer if sealed well.