Iced coffee is my love language. It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is. As much as I love grabbing it from a coffee shop when I’m out running errands, I’ve found a simple way to make it at home (and save some $$$).
So what exactly is cold brew? Cold brew differs from regular brewed coffee in the fact that it is coffee grounds steeped in cold or room temperature water for 12-24 hours vs. being brewed in hot water over a couple of minutes.
By using this method, it is actually 67% less acidic than regular brewed coffee, making it less harsh on your teeth and stomach. A win in my book.
So here’s my secret little recipe for making the perfect at-home cold brew coffee that you can enjoy time after time.
Start off by getting a bag of ground coffee beans. I try to get organic grounds as often as possible. Organic coffee was never something I really thought about until I stumbled across this article. It is very eye-opening.
The article states that “conventional coffee is among the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world (due to the high demand). It is steeped in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. Conventionally grown coffee plants are hybrids developed to flourish in the open sun.”
Plenty of reasons to make me nix the conventional coffee grounds and go organic. Like all things, do your own research and choose what’s best for you.
The cold brew maker I use is OXO brand from Amazon and can be found here.
Once you have your ground coffee beans, dump the entire bag into the top of your cold brew maker (after assembling it according to the instructions).
After you’ve completed this step, fill to the top with filtered water.
I make sure to stir the coffee grounds when it’s about halfway full with water and then once again when it is full to make sure all the grounds are saturated.
I let my grounds soak for at least 12 hours, preferably 16-20 hours if I have the time and patience.
Once your grounds are done soaking, release the lever and let the brew drain. This can take about an hour to fully drain so walk away, clean the house, make some food, and come back to it. When it’s fully drained, pop the lid on and stick it in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy.
Here’s the recipe I use:
- 1/3 cup cold brew
- 2/3 cup water (roughly)
- Splash of your choice of milk (I used whole milk or almond milk)
- 2-4 drops of vanilla stevia
Add to a cup of ice and enjoy!