I’ve just learned to make cold-brewed coffee. I have to be honest here….I’m a coffee addict. I can’t start my day without it and I even occasionally enjoy a cup in the afternoon. I’ve even tried going decaf to see if caffeine was causing some of my health issues. I can’t tell you how relieved I was that caffeine doesn’t seem to affect me and I could go back to regular coffee!
As much as I love a cup of hot coffee when it’s cold outside, I don’t like it so much in the summer time. But I still need my caffeine fix. I used to drink a lot of iced coffee when the weather warmed up, but it always ended up tasting diluted. Then I discovered cold-brewed coffee and now it is my favorite method for making coffee. Read on to learn why I like it so much better and how to brew up your own batch.
What Is Cold-Brewed Coffee?
Iced coffee is traditional hot brewed coffee over ice, to put it simply. Cold-brewed coffee is made by steeping medium or coarsely ground coffee in cold or room temperature water for 12 hours or so. Then the coffee is strained to remove the grounds. It’s a pretty simple process that really only requires a little planning ahead.
Why do I like cold-brewed coffee so much more than the traditional method? For one thing, the taste is much smoother and less bitter. I have always been the type who needed creamer in my coffee. But I love cold-brewed coffee black, which for anyone who knows me, is a big deal. For another, I prepare it the night before. So in the morning, all I need to do is strain out the grounds and the coffee is ready.Cold-brewed coffee is the best and it's soooo easy to make!Click To Tweet
Tips for Making Your Own Cold-Brewed Coffee
- Use quality filtered water. This is true for any method of making coffee. The taste is much cleaner and just generally better with filtered water.
- Buy good quality coffee. It’s no secret that I love to save money wherever possible, but there are a few things that I will spend a little more on. Coffee is one of them. We like a dark roasted coffee and prefer to buy organic.
- If possible, buy whole bean coffee and grind it yourself. The flavor is always fresher when you grind your own beans, regardless of how you choose to brew.
- Use a coarse or medium grind when making cold-brewed coffee for the best flavor.
- I find that we will use a bit more coffee grounds when making cold-brewed as opposed to traditional hot brewing. We don’t mind, but it is something to consider.
- Use clean containers for brewing your coffee. Nothing ruins a good cup of coffee than picking up weird flavors.
- 1/2 gallon container
- 3/4 cup medium or coarsely ground coffee
- 8 cups filtered water
Measure your coffee into the desired container. (I like to use half gallon mason jars.)
Fill with filtered water.
Close container and place in the refrigerator for approximately 12 hours.(A little more or less time won't make much difference, but too much over 12 hours and the coffee will start to taste bitter.)
Strain the grounds from your coffee. (I use a second mason jar and place a funnel with a reusable coffee filter on top. Then I simply pour the coffee through and discard the used grounds.)
Enjoy black or with any flavoring you like!