You don’t have to visit your favourite café to enjoy a delicious cold coffee. Why not relax at home with this refreshing drink, by making it yourself? A cold brew is a refined and tasty way to enjoy cold coffee. It differs from standard iced coffee, which is brewed hot and has ice added to cool it.
Cold-brew coffee uses cold water from the very start of the process, and the grounds are steeped rather than brewed. But it’s not as complicated as it sounds! Here we’ll show you how to make cold brew at home with a step-by-step guide.
Before you learn how to make cold brew coffee at home, make sure you’ve got the right equipment. With this kind of coffee you can keep it simple – you’ll only need the following items to get started:
Making cold brew coffee starts with choosing your favourite beans or grounds. The steeping process creates an intense cup, so take that into consideration when selecting the best coffee for cold brew.
If you usually buy beans and grind them, you can also do that when making this drink. We recommend sticking to a coarse grind as it works best for the steeping and straining. If you’re buying coffee grounds, stick to a coarse ground option that’s designed for cafetières for the best results.
The next step is to decide your cold brew coffee ratio. In most cases, you can work with 1 part coffee to 6 parts of room temperature still water. Add the grounds to the jug and cover with the water. Stir, and then leave the grounds steep for around 12-16 hours. We recommend leaving it in the fridge to keep it cold.
After 12-16 hours of steeping, stir the liquid gently and remove the grounds by straining the mixture. To do this, simply pour the mixture through a funnel lined with the coffee filter, kitchen paper, or muslin into the other jug.
If the mixture is cloudy after the initial strain, you’ve probably got some grounds remaining. In that case, strain the mixture again – or as many times as you need to.
The concentrate can now be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days. For a perfect cold brew coffee, you need to get the cold brew concentrate ratio right. We recommend diluting 1 part concentrate to 2 parts of sparkling or still water. Then pour it into a glass over ice and add milk and sugar to taste. Remember, it’s an intense hit of coffee!
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