Friday, September 15, 2017

Foodie Finds: Cold Brew at Home

We love coffee, and can pretty much make it any way you can make coffee at home - percolator, drip, espresso, French press, Keurig. We've got this.

But cold brew can be tricky. You don't want to just pour cold coffee over ice cubes because sometimes it's bitter, and most of the time it's watered down. Plus, one of the perks of cold brew is you don't have to wait for coffee to brew - it's instantaneous.

Sweet caffeinated heaven.

We've cobbled together the best way to make cold brew with as little effort as possible, because coffee = life. Loosely adapted from one of the best methods we've run across, from The Pioneer Woman, this requires only 4 tools, besides coffee and about 8-10 hours of doing nothing with your coffee before drinking it:

A big ass bucket/container (like this one)
A pitcher
A mesh strainer
Some cheesecloth/paper towels

Easy, right? Let's make some cold brew.

1. Pour 1lb of coffee (we're partial to darker brews, but any good, strong coffee will do - we've used fancy stuff and the $5 Target brand and both were good) into the big ass container.

This one works nicely. And it's cheap.
2. Fill your pitcher with water, then pour it over the coffee.

3. Stir so that all of the coffee is wet - it'll all get soaked, you just want to make sure you don't have a dry layer of sadness on top tomorrow.

4. Put the container in the fridge and let it sit for 8-10 hours. You could do 6, but it won't be as strong, or you could certainly let it sit longer - just remember, it's already basically rocket fuel at 8 hours. Think of your heart.

5. When you're ready to take it out, put strainer over the pitcher and put some cheesecloth or a paper towel in the strainer. You may not need it, but crunchy coffee is no good.

6. Pour the container into the strainer - this may take a few minutes - and watch as your pitcher fills up with glorious coffee.

7. Chill your coffee in the pitcher in the fridge. It lasts about a week at our house, and still tastes fine by the end of that time.

We actually take any leftover drip coffee and make ice cubes with it, then fill our cups up about 1/3rd of the way with ice cubes, then add a tablespoon of water, then coffee up until about a quarter of the way from the top, then add the best creamer ever, Califia Farms Unsweetened Better Half.*

*If you're not able to make cold brew, or run out, STOK is our favorite. Also Califia Farms doesn't pay us - neither does Target or Amazin - but we buy a LOT of it and love it!
This coffee is not for the faint of heart, but it's so good, and easy to make and drink!

Via Pinterest.

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