I started drinking coffee when I was in high school, quite a long time ago. Then, it was due to the need to stay awake as I was facilitating retreats with activities that ran until the wee hours of the morning. In college, it was because I needed to study or to finish our projects. At work, to stay alert and focused when working late at night. Now, it’s just an addiction. When we moved to Biel, I became a stay-at-home Mom, and more often than not, I get enough sleep. But I still need a cup of coffee in the morning just to get started with my day.
These days, the temperatures have been warming up, so I decided it was time to make cold brew coffee. I’ve been making cold brew coffee for a few years now, using different ratios of ground coffee to water until I stumbled upon this ratio at Food52 – 2/3 cups (around 50 grams) of coffee to 3 cups (720 millilitres) of water. At first I made my concentrate the exact way as Erin, with cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, but I didn’t care for the cinnamon and I found it too sweet for my taste. So in my version, I omitted the cinnamon and decreased the brown sugar to 2 tablespoons.
So you want to know how to make cold brew coffee concentrate?
It couldn’t be any easier. The hardest part is the wait, as you need a day before you can enjoy a glass. But, it will be worth it, so go on, try it!
First, grab your ingredients.
Next, coarsely grind your coffee beans. It’s not a wise idea to use pre-ground coffee as they are usually too fine. You don’t want cloudy coffee. If you don’t have a grinder, ask your barista to grind the beans for a French coffee press.
Get a container with a 4-cup/1 liter capacity. Or a large French press, if you have one. Pour in 3 cups/720 millilitres water. I use tap water, as ours is potable. Add in the ground coffee and brown sugar. Mix well.
Cover and refrigerate for 12 – 18 hours. I must admit, sometimes I forget and go longer than 18 hours. The result is still fine, so don’t stress about the timing too much. I usually mix late afternoon or early evening and finish the next morning.
So, to get your final concentrate, if you’re using a French press, just press down the plunger and you’re done. If not, first strain the coffee grounds out with a strainer.
Then, set a coffee filter in a funnel. Pour in the strained coffee mix and filter out the remaining coffee grounds and you’re left with your coffee concentrate. It usually takes me a couple of pours to finish.
Once you have your coffee concentrate, freeze a part of it. You don’t want more water to dilute your coffee. Coffee ice cubes help keep all that coffee goodness in your glass.
Then, transfer your remaining coffee to a covered bottle or jar. This will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. But it never lasts that long! I make a new brew every couple of days to make sure that I don’t run out.
Once you have your coffee ice cubes, prepare your drink as you like. I make mine with around 50% cold brew and 50% milk.
Pour cold brew into your glass. Add the iced coffee cubes. I use 3 – 4 cubes.
Add milk, water and other flavorings you want. I am happy with just adding milk.
Enjoy and be proud of yourself that you are not spending your hard-earned money on expensive cold brew coffee at your neighborhood coffee shop.
A sidenote, this meme was circulating on Instagram, and I so can relate.