Earlier this summer, I wrote a summer bucket list of things I’d like to do before the season draws to a close. One of them was to perfect my cold-brew coffee process and ratio. Cold-brew is a method used to make iced coffee, and I’ve seen a ton of hype on many different food blogs. The resulting brew features the best aspects of coffee- rich flavor, various notes, and of course caffeine- as well as a wonderfully velvety taste and a less acidic beverage than the usual hot methods.
I have tested several different ratios and methods starting with recipes from Serious Eats and The Pioneer Woman and have finally settled on an easy, unbelievably smooth way to prepare a week’s worth of iced coffees in one go. Depending on who you ask, this recipe either produces coffee or coffee concentrate that should be diluted with water. I love a morning blast of strong coffee and do not dilute the final product, but if you enjoy a gentler coffee, you could add cold water to the finished product to your taste.
Cold-Brew Coffee — Makes 4-5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes, divided
Rest Time: 10-12 hours
1 quart (4 cups) cool water
3/4 cup coarsely ground coffee
for later: a splash of coconut milk or your favorite coffee add-in, plenty of ice
In a pitcher or large container, combine water and coffee. Cover and allow to steep at room temperature overnight or for 10-12 hours. It’s really that easy!
In the morning, prepare either a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth or a pour-over coffee maker lined with a conical filter. Take a clean container and place your straining device on top, then carefully pour the steeped coffee into the new vessel. Place coffee in the refrigerator to chill until you wish to drink.
To prepare ice coffee my way, fill a 16 ounce tumbler with ice and add 6-8 ounces of coffee and a splash of coconut milk. If you prefer more coffee and less ice (or diluted coffee with any amount of ice), you might not get the same amount of finished product- I encourage you to try different quantities, ratios, and steeping times with your favorite roast to figure out how to brew the cup you most want to wake up to.