There's nothing like the first iced coffee of the season! After a few years of enjoying cold brew iced coffee around town, I decided it was time to try it at home. Turns out, after a little trial and error, cold brew is pretty easy to make with things you probably already have in your kitchen, and totally worth the extra effort. The flavor comes out smoother and sweeter than regular iced coffee, and it keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks without losing any of its delicious flavor.
Ingredients & Supplies
- Course ground coffee
- Coffee filter
- Fine mesh strainer
- Milk, simple syrup, and coffee ice cubes for serving (optional)
Combine coffee and water in jars. Use about 3 tbsp of coffee per 1 cup water. Stir well, cover with lids, and refrigerate for about 12-18 hours.
Strain out the grounds through the mesh strainer. You can also do this using a french press.
Line the strainer with a coffee filter and place over a clean pitcher or jar - whatever container you are planning to store your coffee in. Pour in the coffee and allow it to strain all the way through. You will probably need to pour it through in a few batches, as it filters slowly. Don't skip this step! There is residue from the grounds that will end up in the bottom of your coffee if you do not filter it.
Voila! You have a delicious batch of cold brew coffee concentrate! Store in the fridge for as long as 2-3 weeks. To serve, mix with water to whatever strength you like. I like to add milk, simple syrup, and coffee ice cubes. Coffee ice cubes are brilliant invention which is simply coffee frozen in an ice cube tray, which will keep your cold brew from getting watered down. Drink up & enjoy!