Bring us java, bring us joy. With these warm temps, we find ourselves craving our cold brew. We’re big fans of skipping those long coffee shop lines and saving some money by making our cold brew at home. Now, making cold brew at home may seem a little intimidating, especially for those of us that get nervous when our latte is slightly discolored, but we’ve got your back with some helpful tips. Let’s get started!
What Do You Need to Make Cold Brew?
Don’t think for a second you need to drop a bunch of money to make your own cold brew, you can make it at home for next to nothing starting with these materials.
- A kitchen scale
- Coffee grounds
- Cold filtered water
- Long spoon
- Filter (coffee filter, cheesecloth, fine mesh)
What’s the Process Exactly?
The process of making cold brew at home isn’t difficult, but it does take a little time. (Don’t all good things?)
You’ll start off by grinding your coffee beans which you can do at home or when you purchase them; combine these ground with water and let it steep overnight. The next morning you’ll strain your grounds, creating a strong concentrated brew.
Tips and Tricks for Success
Use that good good. What we mean is you should opt to buy good coffee beans; now is not the time to try to pinch pennies when it comes to coffee grounds.
If you’re able to use filtered water, do it. In fact, this tip actually goes for any and all coffee making you may be doing because filtered water will have your coffee tasting sweeter and cleaner, and we’re all about that.
Plan on steeping your cold brew for just about twelve hours. Good things take time, and you’ll be glad you gave it the full twelve hours. Be careful though because steeping for too long will result in a more bitter taste while being stingy with the steeping time will result in a weak-tasting cold brew.
Make, and we cannot stress this enough, coffee ice cubes to throw in your cold brew because not only will this keep your cold brew cold (duh) but it won’t dilute it so you can take your sweet time sipping.
We get it, there’s cold brew to be enjoyed, but slow and steady will win the race when it comes to straining your grounds. Strain them slow, strain them gently, do not push or prod, and work in batches if you need to, whatever you do, don’t rush the process.