Cold brew coffee is all about patience. Only after long hours of steeping ground coffee in water, do you get that lively, light-hearted coffee with the most attractive fruit scents and no bitterness.
There are no shortcuts for making classic home brew coffee. And that’s the beauty of it — the best things in life take time. Besides, as long as you create a new batch every time you drink up your cold brew, you’ll always have some in the fridge waiting for you.
Let’s start from the beginning. Most coffee is brewed with a hot method. Hot water leaches out the toasted grains’ flavor and aroma. Well, it turns out cold water can do the same thing, but it takes a bit more time. Essentially, cold brew coffee is just water and ground coffee, stirred now and then and left to macerate for hours.
The result is impressive. You get a relatively strong coffee with an intense color and nice fruit and mild coffee scents. You never get that astringency and roasted flavors you get from other types of coffee.
To make cold brew coffee, you need coffee. Freshly roasted and coarsely chopped. Medium ‘city’ roast Arabica is my favorite coffee for cold brew since it’s mild and caramelly but choose your favorite.
You’ll also need water and a container with a lid. A mason jar works fine. Finally, you need time. For an 8:1 water-to-coffee ratio, you need to leave the coffee rest at room temperature for between 12 and 18 hours. It’s worth it, though.
You’ve also might have heard about cold brew concentrate. This is a cold brew with a high coffee-to-water ratio between 2:1 and 4:1. This one’s fabulous since you can dilute it with water, so you get more coffee for the same amount of work. How cool is that?
In any container with a lid, add the ground coffee and water. Close the lid and shake for 10-15 seconds.
Store on the counter at room temperature for 12-18 hours. Shake now and then.
After the time has passed, taste and adjust the sweetness with your favorite sweetener.
Pour through a strainer or coffee filter into a cup filled with ice and add milk or cream optionally.