Hi, Kate here! Sometimes in an effort to simplify life, I have given into the idea that I am “too busy” and have taken short cuts in the kitchen that turned out to be completely unnecessary. One of those short cuts is buying cold brew coffee. When I figured out how silly easy it is to make, I have no clue why I was buying the bottled kind.
Cold brew coffee is thought to have lower acidity, making it more tolerable than traditional coffee brewed with hot water, while keeping the same nutrient benefits as it’s warm counterpart.
Did I mention how easy it is to make? All you do is mix coffee grounds with cold water, let it steep on your counter top (or in the fridge) for 12 hours and bam…cold brew coffee! Seriously, it seems strange to even call this a recipe!
The great thing about cold brew is you can drink it cold or HOT, simply by making a strong batch and diluting it with warm water. The hot water never touches the coffee grounds, which keeps the acidity low.
When selecting your beans, make sure it is a dark roast, no mild or light allowed. It’s like cooking with wine, make sure you use something you’d actually like to drink because the flavor is intensified through this process. I would suggest whole beans that you grind yourself, my Vitamix works perfectly for this application. If you don’t have a grinder, use the one at the store, just set it on coarse grind. You will also need cheese cloth, or a french press, or a nut milk bag to strain the coffee. I have found that cheese cloth works the best, since you can double or triple layer it to ensure none of the grounds get through.
The obvious use for the concentrate is iced coffee, but there are some other great uses too;
- Add a couple tablespoons of concentrate to your next pot of chili.
- Add a tablespoon of concentrate to brownie batter for a rich chocolate flavor.
- Freeze leftover concentrate in ice cube trays to cool down your next iced coffee without diluting the flavor.
- Use the leftover grounds as fertilizer in your garden!
Below is the basic recipe for the cold brew concentrate, a classic iced coffee, and a coffee chunky monkey shake! Included with the shake are a few fun variations.
Hopefully I have inspired you to try your hand at making cold brew, it’s easy, delicious and cost effective!
- 1 part coarsely ground Coffee
- 4 parts Cold Water
- Mix ground coffee and water in large bowl.
- Cover and let steep for 12 hours on the counter or in the refrigerator.
- Line a mesh strainer with multiple layers of cheese cloth and place over another large bowl.
- Strain coffee mixture through cheese cloth.
- Transfer coffee concentrate to air tight container and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Use multiple layers of cheese cloth to strain finer ground coffee.
- ⅔ cup Cold Brew Coffee
- ⅔ cup Almond milk (or coconut)
- 1 frozen Banana
- 2 Tbls Cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon Honey (or more, if desired)
- 1 cup Ice
- Add ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
Omit the cocoa powder, substitute pumpkin puree for the banana and add some pumpkin pie spice for a taste of fall.
Omit the cocoa powder, substitute maple syrup for honey, and add a dash of cinnamon for a bananas foster inspired shake.
- ⅔ cup Cold Brew Coffee
- ⅓ cup Water
- 1 Tbls Milk (almond, coconut, or dairy)
- Honey, to taste (optional)
- Add all ingredients to your favorite cup or mug.
- Stir and enjoy!