“NO PARTICULARLY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE PROCESS.”
If you’ve been following this space for the past two years, and if you’ve been following me on Instagram or Snapchat, you’ll know what’s coming in a few days. With December just a few days away, and with Christmas just 26 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes (who’s counting?), I’m getting ready for the #12DaysOfBaking.
We all know how frantic this time of the year is. In the middle of all the joy and festivities, lurks the stress and chaos of all the planning, feast prepping, and gift shopping. So take this moment to breathe, and give yourself a caffeine jolt to get you back on track.
I’ve talked before about my recent obsession with Cold brew coffee when I made the Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, and it has basically become the only coffee I drink in the morning. The taste is so much smoother and less acidic than when the coffee is brewed with hot water. And let’s talk about the savings here! This method is much cheaper than the $4.oo coffee shop variety.
The process for making cold brew in a French press is basically the same as making hot coffee, only it takes many, many more hours to brew (12, to be exact), but don’t be intimidated by the commitment, most of the work happens when you’re fast asleep.
So today, I’m sharing my easy peasy method to make cold brew coffee at home. All you need is water, coarsely ground coffee, and a coffee filter to strain everything once it’s brewed. I usually use my French Press to make it, but you can just use any container you have on you.
All you need to remember is 3:1. Three parts water to one part coffee. I like to add a pinch of salt and cinnamon to help enhance the coffee flavor. Mix together and leave it on your kitchen counter for 12 hours.Once you strain it in the morning, you’ve got a perfect coffee concentrate that will last for up to 5 days in the fridge. This recipe can be easily scaled up, too.
Keep in mind that this is a coffee concentrate,so you’ll need to dilute your coffee with some water when you make your coffee drink (unless you really like strong coffee). This part depends on your preferences, I mix 1 part coffee with two parts water or creamer, and add a bit of sweetener (agave). Play around with that combination till you find what’s right for you.
Cold Brew Coffee
Makes 4 cups
- 1 cup coarse ground coffee (I usually use the Starbucks Medium Roast)
- 3 Cups water
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Pour ground coffee into french press, add water, cinnamon, salt and stir. Cover (but do not press) and refrigerate for 12-18 hours.
- Press the french press plunger down, and then pour coffee through a filter into a jar. Cover and refrigerate.
- Pour cold brew coffee over ice, and stir in coffee creamer to taste.
- This concentrate keeps well for up to 5 days in the fridge.
Bon Appetit 🙂