The process of cold brewing ground coffee in water for 12 hours or more removes any bitter flavor or acidic bite from the coffee. The result is smooth, rich and well, we’re hooked! If you like coffee, give this recipe a try, we’re convinced you will be too.
Drink it Hot or Iced
The coffee concentrate is stored in the refrigerator. To make a cup of hot coffee, you’ll add one-half cup of hot water and one-half cup of the cold brew to your mug.
Or, you can add another 4 ½ cups of spring water after the brewing and straining process, and chill in the refrigerator. It’s ready to go when you are. Add crushed ice, cream and sweeten, to taste. Iced coffee is a favorite, dessert-like treat that we can’t get enough of in the hot summer months.
Use your favorite brand of coffee and quality spring water.
1 cup ground coffee (we like Columbian)
4 ½ cups spring water
Opt. Additional 4 ½ cups spring water, for making iced coffee
Long handled spoon
Large glass jar with lid
French press, or a coffee filter and mesh strainer
- Place ground coffee into a large glass jar or a French Press container. Pour in 4 ½ cups spring water (cool or room temperature, no heating required) and stir.
- Cover the French press or jar with lid or plastic wrap and allow to sit on the counter at room-temperature for 12 hours. Can steep for up to 24 hours.
- A French press is the quickest and easiest tool for straining the coffee. Insert the strainer into the press and push down to separate the coffee grounds. If you don’t have a French Press, line a mesh strainer with a coffee filter place on top of a jar and strain the coffee into it.
- Place the container of strained coffee concentrate into a large glass container, affix lid, and refrigerate. Or, add another 4 ½ cups of spring water to a pitcher or container along with the strained coffee, affix lid and refrigerate.
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans.