Ever had a craving for cold brew but didn’t feel like going out to get it or ordering expensive take-out? Here are a few easy ways for you to make cold brew coffee at home, so that you can get your caffeine fix from the comfort of your couch without having to shell out too much money.
What Is Cold Brew Coffee?
But first, let’s understand what cold brew coffee is. It’s simply a coffee that’s been brewed with cold instead of hot water. Making cold brew coffee usually involves a long steeping process that can take anywhere between 12-24 hours. Cold brew is generally characterized as smoother and heavier than hot brew coffee. It’s a great drink for those who aren’t familiar with brewing coffee at home since precision isn’t as important during the cold brew process as with other methods. You won’t need a scale or a kettle—you’ll just need water, patience, and something to brew in. With a cold brew, you can dilute the mix to your desired taste using water, milk or ice. It’s perfect for making at home. As for flavors, baristas tend to prefer coffees from Central and South America, as those really lean into the heavier and richer flavor of a cold brew.
All you have to do with this method is pour a short shot of espresso into a glass over your ice cubes. Once that’s done, you can top it up with your desired amount of cold water. Dark roast or espresso capsules are recommended for this method. In a few easy steps, you’ll have a cup of coffee that’s perfect for a quick, refreshing fix.
To get the full flavour, you’ll need 24 hours, so we recommend making this in advance. To serve 4 people, use 4 coffee bags in the flavour of your choice and a 1-litre jug of water. Adjust the proportions of this recipe depending on how many people you’re serving.
What you’ll need to do is place the coffee bags into an empty jug. Then, fill the jug with water, cover it, and leave it in the fridge for 24 hours. While you can drink the brew at about 15 hours, you’ll need the full 24 to get the real cold brew experience. If you know you have some friends coming over the next day, we recommend this method.
For this method, you’ll need a jug, cold water and the ground coffee of your choice. While you can adjust the amount of water you’ll need depending on how many people you’re serving, the rule of thumb is to set aside 150-200 ml of water per cup.
To start, add your cold water to your ground coffee. The recommended ratio is 1:8 for water to coffee. Leave the mixture to steep in the fridge for 18-24 hours. Once that’s done, strain the coffee to remove any remaining grounds. After that, add some ice, milk or sugar to taste, and you’re done! You have the depth of ground coffee in a refreshing cup of cold brew.