DIY Cold Brew Coffee (THM FP)
Is it just me, or does it seem like cold brew is EVERYWHERE this summer? Starbuck's, Dunkin, and even the grocery stores are packing their shelves with different cold brew blends. Lucky for you, making cold brew coffee at home is as easy as picking up your regular grounds at the store!
Cold brew differs from your normal hot brewed coffee in a few ways. First, it's the obvious hot steep vs cold steep. Second, cold brew is stronger than your everyday java so you only use a little at a time.
I suggest a strong, dark roast coffee for this because it adds more flavor and punch with less product.
Recently, I have fallen in love with Kicking Horse Coffee, and found that their "Kick Ass" blend is perfect for cold brew. It's a bold, dark roast coffee that isn't bitter. I like the whole beans, because once I get it I can grind it to the coarseness I like and it tastes fresher.
To make your cold brew, just add 1 cup of ground coffee (as coarse or as fine as you like) to a quart mason jar, cover to the top with water, and stir. Place the lid on, and just let it sit in your fridge for at least 24 hours. For a more concentrated blend, you can go to 36 or even 48 hours.
Store in the fridge for up to 1 week (or as long as you can keep it around! ^_~).
As I said before, the best part is that you only need 1/4 - 1/3 cups of cold brew to make 8oz of coffee. If you enjoy your coffee black, just add some water to your cold brew. You can flavor it up with almond or coconut milk, extracts, etc.
I tell you, making cold brew at home is even easier than the drive-thru at Starbuck's. Plus, you have more flavor options using your own coffee at home - win!