Times that are stressful: exam week, holidays, and mornings. Especially early mornings. But something that makes it better is having an already made pitcher of cold brew coffee. I tried cold-brew for the first time, I think, at Starbucks and instantly fell in love with it. But it was much more expensive than plan iced coffee so my boyfriend and I set off to make it ourselves. Surprisingly making your own cold brew coffee is so easy and if you like cold coffee, it’s may be worth looking into.
However, similar to the French Press—I don’t make it quite the same as a lot of other people seem to on the internet. So I will, of course, tell you the “correct” way in addition to my way.
Things you will need for T’s Cold Brew (so, like mine):
Pitcher of cold water
- If you prefer a coffee with better flavors grind your favorite coffee blend into course grounds. Once again, I’m working with pre-ground coffee and it works fairly well! Place the coffee onto a normal coffee filter. Being careful to keep the coffee on/in the filter, gather the edges of the coffee filter, and bunch them all together so all of the grounds are inside the filter (like you’re making a pouch out of the filter–see picture). Tie baker’s twine tightly around the gathered edges.
- Fill the pitcher up with water and add the coffee filled filter.
- The amount of coffee to use in the filter depends on how strong you want your coffee to be. (For a ratio, see source #3) NOTE: The first time we tried this, we filled up two filters and stuck them in for about 24 hours—this was way too strong for me. I somehow had the jitters from having less than a cup of it. But maybe I’m a wimp.
- Refrigerate for about 12-24 hours. When coffee is at desired strength, remove the filter.
- Drink as preferred—you may want to dilute the coffee as it may be very potent.
A lot of websites will tell you way differently. I’ve found that many tell you to add the coffee grinds and the water, with no filter and somehow filter it out when it’s done brewing (1). I prefer the above method because it’s easier and less messy. I’ve also heard people say you need certain equipment to make cold brew, but I’d rather not buy anything I don’t have to. However, please note that you could also use a French Press to make some good Cold Brew. If you don’t have any coffee filters, you could filter out the coffee with a sieve, or maybe cheesecloth.
As I’ve mentioned, having a pitcher of coffee in the fridge has gotten me through some stressful weeks of school and/or work. If you meal prep, this might even be a good way to prep your coffee for the week so that’s one less thing you have to worry about as you’re leaving.