Hopefully we will start seeing some warm weather...if you are like me and love an iced drink and want something different than iced tea, this is the recipe for you, although you have to love coffee of course. Hubby and I are definitely coffee snobs, meaning we do not drink the regular drip coffee that you can buy cheap. Oh no nothing but the best coffee!!! Cold brew is an interesting process and is very delicious.
Cold brew or cold press refers to the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period.
Cold brew system.
The cold-press process requires grinding: coarse-ground beans are soaked in water for a prolonged period of time, usually 12 hours or more. The water is normally kept at room temperature, but chilled water can also be used. The grounds must be filtered out of the water after they have been steeped using a paper coffee filter, a fine metal sieve, a French press or felt in the case of the Toddy system. The result is a coffee concentrate that is often diluted with water or milk, and can be served hot, over ice, or blended with ice and other ingredients such as chocolate.
Cold brewed coffee naturally seems sweeter due to its lower acidity. Because the coffee beans in cold-press coffee never come into contact with heated water, the process of leaching flavor from the beans produces a different chemical profile from conventional brewing methods.
Cold brew coffee is not to be confused with iced coffee, which generally refers to coffee that is brewed hot and then chilled by pouring over or adding ice, though it can refer to cold brew coffee served on ice.
⅓ cup ground coffee (medium-coarse grind is best)
In a jar, stir together coffee and 1 1/2 cups cold water. Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight or 12 hours
Strain twice through a coffee filter, a fine-mesh sieve or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. In a tall glass filled with ice, mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water, or to taste. If desired, add milk.
To make hot coffee, dilute concentrate one-to-one with water and heat in the microwave.