Easy How To Make Cold Brewed Coffee
is a money saver and you can make your favorite “Frappuccino” and “Mochachino” at home without breaking the bank.
I’m an iced coffee fan and I usually save the leftover brewed coffee. When it reaches room temperature I put it in the fridge. That is what my dad always did, he was also an iced coffee fan. Over the years I’ve been saving the brewed coffee to make my summer iced coffees.
That is until I found an easy how to make cold brewed coffee article in allrecipes.com magazine. I was not going to pass up the opportunity to give this cold brewed coffee a try. The cold brewing method makes the coffee more mellow and less acidic than if the coffee is boiled.
No special equipment is needed to make cold brewed coffee – that’s a money saver right there – and you get a nice rich coffee concentrate that is not watered down.
As a result you only need to fill a tall glass with the cold brewed coffee half way then add your desired liquids depending on how strong you prefer your drink for what should be a 50/50 blend of coffee and cream.
All you need to make cold brewed coffee is your favorite brand of ground coffee (or grind your own), coffee filters, cheesecloth, a rubber band and a pitcher.
This is one of those ‘prepare in advance’ recipes. You can make this anytime, it only takes a few minutes for the prep, and the cold brewed coffee is ready for the next day. The recommended brewing time is 24 hours.
I can say without a doubt, all the times I’ve made cold brewed coffee, the longest it brewed was for 17 hours. For me the 17 hours was enough but it depends on your personal preference. The 2 variables are: #1- how strong you like your coffee AND #2-the type of coffee you use. Keep in mind this is not rocket science, it’s just a matter of personal preference.
In photo above the cold brewed coffee still looks light only because there is natural light being filtered in from the window to the left of the photo.
Cold Brewed Coffee
This recipe is adapted from allrecicpes.com magazine. The recipe calls for freshly ground coffee beans which I did not have. I used a popular brand of ground coffee.
- 1 cup of ground coffee beans
- 4 cups of filtered water
- 2-4 coffee filters
- 1 large square of cheesecloth
- 1 rubber band
- Add the coffee grounds into the coffee filters - you may only be able to place ¼ cup of grounds per coffee filter. Twist the coffee filters closed so the coffee grinds do not leak out.
- Wrap the cheesecloth around the filled coffee filters and tighten with the rubberband.
- Fill a pitcher with 1 quart of filtered water and place the wrapped coffee grinds in the water.
- You will need something to weigh down the coffee so it's submerged fully in the water.
- Let it sit at room temperature 12 to 24 hours. Taste after 12 hours and you can discard the coffee grinds when you are satisfied with the flavor.
- Keep it refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
To prepare your tall glass of Iced Coffee fill a glass half way with the coffee, add in ice cubes and your desired cream. Taste as you go and add in more cream, ice or more coffee as desired. As you can see in the photo below I have a pitcher of the cold brewed coffee with ice at the ready waiting for you!!!!
I made myself a caramel iced coffee. A little caramel sauce drizzled into the glass, pour in the coffee and add a little more on top of whipped cream.
Save money and make your own delicious iced coffee specialty any time you wish. Keep a pitcher of this easy how to make cold brewed coffee concentrate in the fridge for those times you need a pick me up!
Making your own cold brewed coffee at home will save you lots of money. Over the course of a week you could buy pizza and bagels for the kids on the weekend. Just think, no cooking!
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