Those who are close to me know I love iced coffee. Those who are closer know I am absolutely addicted. On second thought, addicted might a bit of an over-exaggeration, as I’ve been known to substitute iced coffee with an iced latte from time to time. However, the obsession is real. I’ve had iced coffee in snow storms, sand storms (exaggeration), and even normal storms (not an exaggeration). In fact, iced coffee has been especially handy during motherhood. #crackbaby #mamaneedshercaffeine
But the fact is, no two iced coffees are the same. Pouring hot coffee over ice cubes just doesn’t cut it. The solution? Cold Brew Coffee.
Now you’ve probably heard Starbucks advertise their new Cold brew coffee. While this coffee is pretty good, it’s pretty friggin’ expensive. The good news is, cold brew coffee extremely easy (and cheap) to make at home.
The first step is to start out with good quality freshly ground coffee beans. For cold brew you want to use coarse ground. I used the Starbucks Colombian because that’s what I happened to have on hand. Next, pour your coffee grounds into a large bowl, add in your water, and give it a good stir. Then cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning all you have to do is strain it! If you made it in a bowl like I did (you can also make in a french press) just strain through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.
Then pour in your desired coffee creamer. Confession, I’ve already jumped on the pumpkin spice band wagon (Whitney don’t kill me!!)
And voila cold brew coffee at a fraction of the price!
The resulting coffee from this ‘recipe’ is concentrated, so consider diluting it with water (or if you’re super hardcore drink it straight) #nojudgement
Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven
Cold Brew Coffee
Yields 4 cups
1 cup coarse coffee grounds
4 cups water
Pour water over coffee grounds. Stir then cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
Then remove the bowl and strain coffee mixture through a coffee filter.
Serve over ice. Dilute with water to desired consistency. I prefer a 1:2 coffee/water ratio.