How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (The Best Method for Iced Coffee)

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Iced Coffee in Glass

On a hot summer day, your best companion can be a cup of cold brew coffee. Apart from giving you the caffeine kick you need during the day, a cold brewed coffee is refreshing, bitter-sweet, and so easy to make.

However, most people tend to resort to cafes when it comes to cold brew coffee because of common misconceptions about how difficult the process might be. Luckily, there is an easy and affordable way to make the best cold brewed coffee.

This guide will aid you in making cold brewed coffee like you cannot imagine, so let us get into it.

What Is Cold Brew Coffee?

In cold brew coffee, the coffee grounds are infused in cold or room temperature for a longer period of time. Cold brew coffee is different than hot brew coffee because it takes longer to brew, whereas, in classic coffee, the coffee grounds are added to hot water so it gets diluted quickly.

On the other hand, in cold brew coffee, the infusion takes longer, resulting in less acidic and smoother coffee that has a stronger kick of caffeine.

Key Step to Make the Best Cold Brew Coffee

  • Get the right kind of grind. A big requirement for cold brew coffee is that you need a specific grind. A large grind will cause the brew to become bitter. This is why grinding coffee ground before brewing them is recommended so the end result is not too bitter.
  • Use more water than coffee. If you are using 6 ounces of coffee then make sure you have 6 to 7 cups of water. If you are adding less water but more coffee, be prepared for a bitter, bitter coffee taste.
  • Strain it slowly. Well-known coffee shops have high-end coffee machines that strain their coffee in a way where it is being done very slowly. Since you are brewing yours at home, you need to make sure you are straining it very slowly through a cheesecloth and strainer. Try not to squeeze or press the coffee grounds otherwise, you will be incorporating a strong, bitter flavor. If you want, feel free to work in small batches and do it as slowly as you can. This step may take time, but it will be worth it.

What You Need

Ingredients:

Equipment:

  • electric grinder (not required if you are using pre-ground coffee beans)
  • 1 big container, 2 ½ quarts or larger (for infusing)
  • Strainer/colander or funnel
  • Fine mesh nut milk bag, coffee filters, paper towels, OR a cheesecloth(for filtering)
  • Glass bottles or jars for storing cold brew in the fridge

Instructions:

  1. Start by measuring the coffee beans and grind them up in small batches (you want to end up with a medium coarse texture). If you are using pre-ground coffee, you can skip this step. If you want a strong cold brew coffee, you can grind your coffee grounds finer and you will have to filter it two or more times to make sure the small particles are out. With the help of a coffee filter, paper towel, or cheesecloth, you will be able to remove all the particles successfully.
  2. Pour the ground coffee in a large container, and measure the purified water. Pour half of the water into the coffee container and start mixing with a wooden spoon until all the coffee has mixed in with the water. Then, add in all the water and mix again.
  3. Place a covering on the coffee water mixture and let it sit at room temperature for 18 to 24 hours without stirring in between. When the time is over, line a strainer with multiple layers of paper towels, coffee filters or cheese cloths over a bowl. Before pouring the liquid, make sure there is a filter on the container that has the coffee water mixture in it.
  4. Slowly start pouring the coffee onto the filter, making sure everything is getting out of the container. With fine ground coffee beans, you will need to repeat this step at least 2 to 3 times to make sure all the particles are out of the liquid.
  5. When you are done with the tedious straining process, you can pour your cold brewed coffee into air-tight bottles, glass jars or mason jars and store them. You can serve it with ice on top of it or let it get cold in a refrigerator and then drink. If your coffee feels too strong or extremely caffeinated, you can add equal parts of water and cream to dilute the flavor. You can store this cold brewed coffee for a week.

Additional Mix-ins To Add In Your Coffee

It is normal to miss the cafe mix-ins in your coffee if you are making it at home. Therefore, there are a few things that you can add to your coffee at home. Here are a few options for you:

Creamers

  • Heavy cream
  • Almond milk coffee cream
  • Sweet coconut milk
  • Sweetened cashew milk creamer
  • Creamy cashew milk (it can be plain, vanilla, or chocolate)

Condensed Milk:

This option is popular in Vietnamese Iced Coffee.

  • Sweet condensed milk
  • Coconut milk sweetened condensed milk
  • Vegan sweetened condensed milk

 

Simple syrups:

  • Basic simple syrup
  • Honey simple syrup
  • Coconut sugar simple syrup
  • Date simple syrup
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup
  • Hazelnut infused simple syrup

Chocolate and caramel sauces:

  • Coconut oil chocolate sauce
  • Salted caramel sauce
  • Quick salted caramel sauce made with coconut sugar or honey
  • A mixture of chocolate and caramel sauce

Whipped cream:

  • Store bought whipped cream
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Coconut milk whipped cream

This is how you can make delicious cold brew coffee at home. Make sure you are adding your twist to your cold brew coffee and enjoy every sip to the fullest!