Cold brew coffee is not exactly the same as iced coffee, though it's often served chilled and over ice. Instead of using hot water, cold-brew is made by steeping ground coffee beans in water. There's no special machine or equipment required, and it's incredibly easy to make at home. While the method does produce a great tasting cup of coffee, it takes longer (about 12 hours), so you will need to plan ahead.
This simple brewing method produces a richer, sweeter flavor with the true taste of coffee beans. It's almost as concentrated as espresso, but without the bitter taste or high acidity of hot-brewed coffee. The health and flavor benefits make it a great option for coffee drinkers, even those who gave it up because of digestive issues.
Freshly ground coffee beans and cold or room temperature water are the only ingredients needed. You will also need a vessel to brew in, a lid or plastic wrap, something to stir with (e.g., long spoon, chopstick, etc.), and a way to filter it. There are cold-brew coffee makers explicitly designed for this method. If you prefer, a French press works well, though any medium-sized glass container will do.
Begin with 4 cups of filtered water and 1 cup of ground coffee. It will produce 4 cups, or six servings, of coffee. You can make a larger or smaller batch if you like, simply keep the 4:1 ratio.
- 1 cup coffee (coarsely ground)(Capsules.)
- 4 cups filtered or distilled water
Steps to Make It
1- Gather the ingredients.
2- Grind 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee beans or use one of our Nespresso or Dolce Gusto capsules.
3- In a large jar, add the ground coffee. Slowly pour 4 cups of water over the beans as you stir until the coffee is thoroughly saturated.
4- Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator and let it steep for at least 12 hours. You can brew up to 24 hours, depending on your personal taste.
5- Filter the beans from the coffee. Pour slowly and stop as needed to avoid overflowing the filter.
6- Any filter system will do, so use whatever's most convenient: A paper coffee filter set inside a funnel is easy and inexpensive. A cold-brew maker has a built-in filter. When using a French press, push on the plunger and pour your coffee like normal. You can also use a fine-mesh strainer or sieve to catch the larger particles. If you find small grounds left over, run it through a paper or metal coffee filter.
7- Store filtered cold-brew in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to a week—a shelf life hot-brewed coffee can't touch!
Serve and enjoy!