If you’re the type to frequent coffee shops, you might be familiar with cold brew coffee. And seeing how cold brew is more expensive than iced coffee, you might think that making it is more complicated.
However, that’s not exactly the case. As long as you’ve got the basic ingredients and the patience, making cold brew coffee can actually be easier. All you need is coarse ground coffee, a jar or a wide mouth bottle, and water. You really just need to stir the coffee in water, let it steep in the fridge for a few hours, and then filter the grounds out.
But as easy as that sounds, let’s at least try to make a good batch of cold brew. Here are some tips and specifications you need to know to make your own cold brew coffee at home:
Ground your coffee coarsely
It’s important to use coarse ground coffee when making cold brew because if you grind them too fine, the resulting coffee might taste too bitter. Aside from the taste itself, you’ll have a hard time filtering out the fine coffee particles.
Stick to a ratio first
If this is your first time making cold brew coffee at home, stick to a tried and tested ratio. If you want cold brew that’s ready to drink, use a 1:8 ratio (1 part coffee to 8 parts water). But if you want a cold brew concentrate, use a 1:4 ratio (1 part coffee to 4 parts water). Once you try these, you can experiment with the ratio and specifications to suit your tastes.
Brew for 18-24 hours
Once you’ve got your water and coffee measured, mix them together in a container and leave it in the fridge to brew for 18-24 hours. If you take it out too early, the flavor might be too weak. But if you leave it too long in the fridge, the cold brew might become too bitter and taste a bit dusty.
Strain your coffee
Once the coffee has steeped, you need to filter out the coffee. You can either strain it through a cheese cloth or pour it through the filter of your pour-over.
Your homemade cold brew can last 7-10 days in your refrigerator.