Nobody wants to drink hot coffee in the summer, but watered down or overly sweetened iced coffee isn't much better. Cold brew, sometimes called cold press coffee, is the only way to have a cold drink and still enjoy a true coffee taste. It's also incredibly simple to make at home. The only special equipment you'll need is a mesh strainer; everything else is probably already in your house.
How to Make Cold Brew
Follow these steps to create your own delicious Cold Brew.
1. Put the Grounds Into a 2-Quart Pitcher
It's important to stick with coarse coffee grounds when making cold brew coffee, as grinding too fine creates some heat, which results in a weaker Cold Brew.
2. Add Water
You'll want to fill the pitcher all the way to the top (or to roughly 2 quartz if you only have a larger pitcher).
3. Stir the Grounds In
Make sure the grounds are thoroughly saturated —they will expand somewhat when they have absorbed enough water.
4. Let Sit
Stick the concoction in the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 1 full day.
5. Filter Your Coffee
Fit a mesh strainer over a medium sized bowl and line the strainer with either a regular paper coffee filter or a cheesecloth. Pour the coffee through to the bottom of the bowl, allowing the stream to move at its own pace (which is generally quite slow) until you reach the solid grounds at the bottom. Do not pour the grounds in.
6. Wash the Pitcher
Wash and dry the pitcher right away, because you're going to be using it again in a minute.
Pour the cold brew back into your pitcher and stick it in the fridge. You'll want to keep it in the fridge for at least 2 hours and it stays good to drink for up to 5 days.
Cold brew is very strong, so you'll probably want to dilute it with milk (the proportions should be about half and half). You can also sweeten with syrup. Many people top their cold brew with 1-2 ice cubes to keep it cold, but if you don't want to water it down at all you don't have to.
There are few better ways to enjoy a summer morning than with a good cup of cold brew—and it makes a wonderful treat for your guests as well. Once you know how to make it, you can even experiment with flavored coffee beans to make a variety of excellent summer refreshments. And it takes hardly any energy to make.
So why not make your first batch today?