I’ve been experimenting with cold brewed coffee, not to be mistaken with cold coffee, and I’ve come up with what I think is a perfect ratio of coffee to water.
Cold brewed coffee is coarsely ground coffee that is brewed in your fridge using cold water and a long “steep” time. This results in a high test caffeine kick and also a smooth coffee with less bitter notes.
I’ve tried several popular brands but the one that I liked the best was Starbucks Breakfast Blend, feel free to use your favourite coffee bean.
You’ll need a coffee bean grinder or mill, a large glass bottle or jar with a lid, and a fine wire mesh strainer of cheesecloth.
1.5 cups coarsely ground coffee
6 cups cold water
- Pour the coarsely ground coffee into a large glass bottle. I used a Bernardin canning jar. It has a screw top and will protect the coffee from absorbing any weird flavours from your fridge.
- Pour in the cold water and stir well. Its really important that the grounds get saturated in the water so stir really well.
- Put the lid on and place the jar in your fridge for 18-24 hours.
- Strain through either a fine meshed strainer or cheesecloth into a large clean bowl. Store strained coffee in your fridge in a glass jar with a lid for up to 5 days.
- I use 1/4 cup of the coffee with 1 cup of milk on ice for an instant cold latte.
- Cold coffee has more caffeine than either espresso or regularly brewed coffee so a little goes a long way. I’d recommend that you only have 1/4 cup per day. Unless you are making this with decaffeinated coffee.