Wednesday, September 8

Cold Brew Coffee

I first had cold brew coffee at Flip Happy Crepes in Austin more than a year ago. It was so good I thought they had put sugar in it, but it was just regular coffee without the acidity. I didn't know it was so easy to make at home until recently. I found these articles and started making my own. It's really easy and tastes yummy.

I put about six coffee scoops of ground coffee in a mason jar then fill it with water, put the lid on, shake, and let it sit from 12-24 hours on the counter top.

Then I pour it through a filter into another jar. (I found this nifty red thing at a thrift store for 49 cents, but I think you could just pour it through a normal coffee pot filter in your machine.)

To make iced coffee, I pour a little of the coffee concentrate in a glass, add some ice, milk, and usually a little honey, then stir.

It makes the most delicious iced coffee! In the mornings, though, I like hot coffee, so I pour some of the cold brew coffee concentrate in a mug, then pour in some milk (or if I don't want a latte, add some water instead) and microwave it. It is much easier for me than making hot coffee.

I make some new cold brew every few days, when I'm about to run out. The concentrate keeps for about a week in the fridge. I don't measure out how many parts milk or water to how many parts coffee concentrate, but it's about one to one, or sometimes a little less coffee and a little more dilution, depending on your taste. You can also buy some kind of contraption that is supposed to make this easier, but this process is so easy, I'm not thinking I need to go out and buy something else.


mad4books said...

Can NOT wait to try this! Thanks for the tips...and helpful photos.

Angela said...

I just made some according to your instructions. Thanks for the idea. I'm looking forward to trying it tomorrow. I really enjoy your ideas. It makes me feel like I'm in a gallery with all your flair!

Elaine said...

i love ice coffee so I'm definitely going to give this a try. all of your tips are great, in fact. thanks for blogging about this!

lela said...

Glad you gals are excited about this! I'm excited to get comments! Let me know how it turns out...

mad4books said... did it turn out, you ask?

AMAZING!! I'm on my third pitcher so far and no longer need a coffee maker taking up space on my teeny kitchen counters.

Love your blog...even though I think your new post should be entitled "Eat Hike Love."

lela said...

Yay! So glad you love it. It has revolutionized my kitchen counter top space as well. I agree about the most recent post title - that would have been an excellent choice.