For those of you coffee drinkers who absolutely love coffee but have challenges digesting the everyday pick me up, try cold brewing your coffee! Instead of using hot water, you use cold, resulting in a concentrate that is super low in acidity, and very tasty! It takes some time and patience, but worth every minute.
Here is how:
1. Pick up your favorite coffee beans, and opt for course grind. Note, there is a debate about fine vs. course. Choose which one makes the most sense for your brewing method. For you tea lovers out there, check out this link to make cold brew tea.
2. Without purchasing a Toddy, (which works wonders) there are many ways of cold brewing with equipment most coffee lovers already have sitting in their kitchen. You can use a french press, a jar, pitcher or anything that can hold water + coffee (since it takes a while to make, opt for a larger vessel, you will get a greater return on your investment). You will also need some sort of strainer, like cheesecloth or coffee filters and a sieve or colander.
3. The usual ratio is 1/3 cup of ground coffee to 1 cup of water. Slowly pour water over your brew, and do not mix.
4. Cover your brew, and let it sit on your counter for up to 24 hours. The longer you leave it, the stronger it gets. Optimal time is anywhere between 12-18 hours.
5. Strain your coffee into another vessel, through a sieve/colander lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. The resulting liquid is your delicious coffee concentrate.
6. Keep sealed and refrigerate for up to two weeks. If you make a huge batch and know that you won’t drink it within that time frame, you can freeze it. Tastes best within 1 week, but it can manage to still taste lovely within 2 weeks.
7. Make sure to dilute before drinking. Add ice to a glass, pour in 1/2 part coffee and 1/2 part water, if you like it strong, or 1/3 part coffee and 1/2 part water, if you like it more subtle. Then add milk or sugar, some people even add salt! For a cold winter day, you can heat up your cold brew over the stove or in the effective, albeit less desirable microwave. Dilute it as you would your iced coffee, and enjoy a hot cup of cold brew.
Your belly will thank you, and you will be as alert as ever. Happy cold brewing to all!
Photo courtesy of Jennie Faber