We are a couple of caffeine addicted crazies. So when C came up to me with the idea of cold brewing our coffee I looked at him with a bit of hesitance. What the heck did he mean...COLD brewing?
Well, it actually makes a damn better tasting coffee and a WAY stronger brew as well. It is also super easy to make, it just takes patience. Here is how we do it:
Course ground coffee, French press*, cold water, and a spoon.
Measure out 2/3 cup coffee grounds and mix with 2 2/3 cups cold water. Stir together and let it sit for 6 to 12 hours. The longer you let it sit, the stronger and more flavorful it is. We let it sit overnight and strain it in the morning into another container.
This creates a concentrated brew that we normally cut in half with cold water. We leave it concentrated and let ourselves cut it in our own glasses so we can control the strength. This way I can make it stronger any particular morning a need an extra kick. Sometimes I drink it without diluting it, but it gets me a bit shaky if I have more than 1 tiny glass!
*You don't need a French press, this is just what we use to strain the grounds from the water. You could also use a sieve lined with cheese cloth or a filter of some sort.
For all I know, we could be doing this whole cold brew thing wrong, but this ratio/recipe works for us. There are plenty of cold brew recipes online (like here or here), so take a look at a few and see what works for your coffee drinking habits. All I can say is that I really love the taste of cold brew and it helps us stretch the coffee we get. Because we make concentrated batches, we've gone from going through 2 lbs in a week to 1 lb in 2 weeks.
If you cold brew and do it differently from us, let me know! I love to hear about people's different kitchen habits.