Cold Brew Coffee
- Coarsely ground coffee beans
- Cold, filtered water
- Large jar or pitcher
- Coffee filter or fine mesh strainer
- Cheesecloth (optional)
- Airtight container for storage
- Measure the coffee: For a standard cold brew coffee, use a coffee-to-water ratio of about 1:4. For example, if you have 100g of coarsely ground coffee, you’ll need 400ml of cold, filtered water.
- Combine coffee and water: In a large jar or pitcher, add the coarsely ground coffee and pour in the cold, filtered water. Stir gently to ensure all the coffee grounds are fully saturated.
- Steep the coffee: Cover the jar or pitcher and let it steep at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. The longer you steep it, the stronger and more intense the coffee flavour will be.
- Strain the coffee: After steeping, use a coffee filter or a fine mesh strainer to filter out the coffee grounds. If you want an extra smooth brew, you can line the strainer with cheesecloth before pouring the coffee through it.
- Store the cold brew: Transfer the strained cold brew concentrate into an airtight container. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- Serve and enjoy: Cold brew coffee is usually served diluted with water, milk, or a milk alternative. You can add ice and sweeteners to taste, depending on your preference.
Keep in mind that cold brew coffee is highly concentrated, so it’s often diluted with water or milk before serving. Experiment with different ratios to find your perfect strength and flavour. You can also add flavourings like vanilla extract or syrups for extra variety.