Ahh it’s June!! Which means summer (unofficially) has arrived. Along with fro yo, sangria and seafood — summer means iced coffee!! …more specifically COLD BREW. Yes. I’m obsessed. A few years ago, I did a brief stint as a marketing/social media consultant for a local bakery…and that’s where my love affair with cold brew began. At the time, it was free…and oh man, I drank my weight’s worth, I’m sure. On top of it being just… SO GOOD… cold brew has a ton of benefits :
- It’s less acidic, perfect for anyone with a sensitive stomach
- Because it’s less acidic, it tastes smoother and less bitter
- It’s SO easy to make
That summer I was sucking down cold brewed coffee after cold brewed coffee in between updating the bakery’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (I don’t know how I wasn’t shaking uncontrollably). I had no clue how easy it was to make, and the fact that you can make bulk batches so — for people like me who leave themselves the least amount of time possible to get up and out the door in the morning — you can still enjoy an insanely easy and delicious coffee each and every morning.
So…ready for these steps?
1. Grab your French press (if you don’t have a french press you can do this in a mason jar or something like that as well)
2. Put coffee in the press (rule of thumb seems to be about 1/3 cup coffee grounds per one cup of water…but you can add more or less depending on how you like your coffee)
3. Add cool water (I use enough coffee/water to just fill up my entire eight cup French press)
4. Stir and let sit for at least 24 hours
After 24+ hours, use the press to press all the grinds to the bottom and pour out your concentrate into a container for storage (if you don’t use a press…straining through a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter or fine cheese cloth would work, too!). This will last me at least the week!
Voila! Pour over ice (depending on the strength of the concentrate I may or may not add extra water when I’m making my drink), and customize! If you’re not an iced coffee person, you can heat it up, as well.
Thinking 24 hours in advance too much of a long shot? There are also some great companies out there that make delicious cold brew concentrates that are available in any ole grocery story. I was just at an event where we got to sample Grady’s Cold Brew coffee concentrate..and it’s seriously delicious (and available at most Whole Foods!). All you need to do is open the bottle and pour over ice.
As Ina would say… how easy is that?