Ok, ok, I’ll admit it, I’m not a fan of “iced coffee”
I’ve only been to Starbucks two times in my 52 years. TWO TIMES!
Ahem. So I’m not coffee connoisseur, you could say.
BUT I do follow food trends. Sometimes that’s a GOOD thing, and other times, not so much.
Cold Brewed Coffee?
It’s really easy to make and I like that I can control just how sweet it is.
Mind you … my first sample of Cold Brewed Coffee was this bottle of Califia … I didn’t realize it was Salted Caramel til I was at a stoplight and snapped a picture of it … tons of sugar in that. But it was good and at $2.99 a bottle, I figured I owed it to myself to try and make it …
I’m not sure why I was a little intimidated at first to make it because, in all honestly, it’s pretty dang easy and the end results are awesome!
Here’s how I made MINE:
3/4 cup ground coffee (I used this Costa Rica stuff I had picked up not too long ago for $8.49 at Publix)
4 cups of room temperature water. Honestly, should use filtered but my filtered water is COLD and I wanted to get this underway since I need 12 hours before I can sample it!
So. Measure out your coffee and place in a large glass bowl.
Slowly pour your 4 cups water over the coffee and walk away for 10 minutes. My favorite thing to do for 10 minutes? Go outside and look at the sky, enjoy the fresh air, cool blue skies and think, dang, I need to float in the pool today …
After 10 minutes, come back inside ::shiver as the ac is cranking away since it’s 87 degrees outside, hence the reason for COLD brewed coffee:: and give the coffee a gentle stir.
Cover the coffee and place in a corner on the countertop, out of the way. If you have housemates (aka family and friends) like me, you might want to put a little note on top saying “do not disturb, science project in process” so no one peeks, jiggles, or just plain touches it!
Wait 12 hours. A long time I know. Do you need suggestions for the next 12 hours? Sleep, clean the house, do laundry, cook, read a book, browse pinterest, or go shopping. Your choice 😉
After 12 hours, grab a fine mesh strainer and a coffee filter. Slowly pour the coffee through the filter/strainer over a new, clean glass bowl (I love my large measuring glass measuring cups/bowls for this kind of stuff!). Because it was 10pm at night, I was tired and ready for bed, I didn’t get any snaps of this but it didn’t take long at all. When the coffee stopped straining through, I used a flat bottom of a glass to gently press the coffee grounds to make sure I got every last drop of coffee out. Put the container in the fridge to chill.
To serve, just mix equal parts of coffee with water, milk, almond milk, coconut milk or whatever you prefer. Me? I mixed with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and want to try half almond milk and half coconut milk!
Spot on, baby! And a lot cheaper than that $2.99 bottle (which, seriously, was delicious but not for that price!)
Once fully strained, you can store the concentrate mix in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, covered. This is good for about 8 servings.
Have you ventured in to Cold Brewed Coffee yet? Share your mix with me as I’d love to hear how others are doing!