Rekindle Your Coffee Love Affair: Cold-Brew Coffee Experimentation

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Supposedly it’s the best part of waking up. A cup of hot coffee.

Nothing gives a tired heart a flutter like coffee brewing in the coffee maker. Your favorite mug awaits the dark, caffeinated goodness. The last coffee dribble noises stop. Dribble, dibble, dop, dip… Quickly and efficiently you pour your cup; maybe you add some creamer or sugar or vanilla. Both hands are curled around your mug, sweet coffee aroma attacks your nose. You close your eyes and feel the warmth of the mug and the steam from the coffee. Lifting your cup to your lips to take that first sip…

WAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!! Or MOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

Your poor mug sits alone on the counter getting cold as you tend to the needs of your minions. Maybe later you attempt to rekindle the romance with this neglected cup by giving it a quick nuke. BLEAGH. Whatever. It’s better than nothing.

Do you suffer through bitter reheated coffee?

Do you neglect a fresh pot of coffee on a regular basis?

Maybe this doesn’t happen to you, but you would prefer more caffeinated, sweeter, and less acidic coffee?

Or maybe you enjoy iced coffee?

If any of the above sounds true, consider cold-brew coffee.

I’m by no means a coffee connoisseur, but I am somewhat picky. I don’t like instant coffee or coffee that you can buy in a big tub. When I go to the store to buy coffee I typically choose a medium or dark roast. Since our baby’s birth we’ve been considering giving cold-brewing a whirl. Awhile back, we decided that it was time; we’d had one too many bitter cups of old coffee.

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I wish we had done it sooner. It’s deliciously amazing and easy!

Steps to make cold-brew coffee:

    Step one: Combine 1 part coffee grounds to 4 parts water in a French press and stir. I’d start with a small batch, ¼ cup grounds to 1 cup water. Let it sit/steep at room temperature for 12 hours.

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    Step two: Filter out the grounds using the press. Then filter it through a paper coffee filter or cheesecloth into a tall glass mason jar or anything that seals. We place the coffee filter inside a strainer for support while it filters. You could do this without a french press using just the filter, but the french press filters faster. You just want to make sure you get all of the grounds out. Refrigerate.

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    Step three: To enjoy, pour a bit out and mix with your desired amount of water. We do about 1 part concentrated coffee 1 part water. Keep in mind this is super strong and caffeinated as is, it needs water. You can heat it up or add ice. Before you add anything to it, I’d taste it as is. It has a really sweet finish! Each batch lasts a week in the refrigerator!

By making a large batch, you can have coffee on hand in your refrigerator (or at work) all week long! You can serve it hot or iced whenever your heart desires (or your kids allow you)! The best part is, it tastes phenomenal when you heat it up.

At this point, you can do some experimentation of your own. Try changing the coarseness/fineness of your grounds, increase/decrease your steep time. Have fun and rekindle your love affair with coffee!


26 thoughts on “Rekindle Your Coffee Love Affair: Cold-Brew Coffee Experimentation”

  1. My cold brew is spooning instant coffee into a mug and filling with cold water! bwahahaha!! That said, our local coffee shop in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, The Coop, has the best draft cold brew and draft latte, ah-may-zing!!!

  2. Very cool. I love cold brew and have considered making it, but never knew how. It’s just such a better option for those times when I want iced coffee because it doesn’t taste watered down. Love it!

  3. I must say, living in Europe for a while has created a coffee monster out of me. I L-O-V-E coffee, any kind actually. But I’ve never thought about attempting cold brew. It sounds a lot easier than I thought it would be. The only issue I’ll have is letting it sit there for 12 hours. haha Thanks for sharing.

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