I first came across cold brew when I was researching how to make a copycat Starbucks iced caramel macchiato (see recipe for how to make this delicious drink) and I was intrigued to see if a cold brew really did taste different then just putting leftover coffee from my coffee pot in the fridge and using that. The answer is YES, a thousand times yes! Cold brew is not only stronger but it is also less bitter then just cold coffee which allows your drink to have a smooth taste. It’s incredibly easy to make but does take a minimum of 24 hours which in my opinion is the only downside.
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Cold Brew Coffee
A How To recipe for Cold Brew Coffee
- 1 glass container with lid
- 1 cup ground coffee (Since I was trying to copy my favorite large coffee chain, I used Starbucks ground coffee in Espresso)
- 4 ½ cups filtered room temp water
- Wooden spoon
Pour the coffee into the glass container and then add water. Stir with the wooden spoon. Don’t use metal as it could give your coffee an odd taste. Put lid on glass container and set out on your counter.
After 24 hours on your counter, you can either put it in the fridge for another day to make it a little stronger or you can filter it. I have done both and honestly it doesn’t seem to make a difference to me.
You can filter the coffee any way you like but this is what I always do. I tried cheesecloth once and it was just a big mess for me. I first scoop out as much coffee grounds that have accumulated on top with a spoon and then I slowly pour the coffee into my little homemade filter. It’s just a 2 cup glass measuring cup with reusable hard filter inside and then a paper filter in that. Takes a little time but you sure don’t want any of those grounds in your cold brew.
I pour the filtered coffee into a larger mason jar and pop it in the fridge to use with my iced caramel macchiato or iced white chocolate mocha. Lasts a week in the fridge but if you are anything like me, you’ll use it in a couple of days.