For some reason cold brew coffee has become really popular lately. So what makes it special? Well, first of all it has a lower acidity than regular coffee made with hot water. As a result, it also has a slightly different flavor, being less bitter. Also, it’s more concentrated than hot-brewed coffee so that could be a reason to like it either more or less.
But how exactly is cold brew coffee made and how can you make it at home? It’s really simple actually and the only downside is that it takes really long to complete the whole process compared to regular coffee.
First let’s see what you need. You can either use a big jar or a plastic container. You also need a big bowl or a second jar, a sieve and some paper towels or a sheet of muslin. Start by coarsely grounding the coffee. Don’t make it too fine or your coffee with look cloudy and will taste grimy.
Then take your jar or container, put the coffee in and then cover it with cold water. Stir gently to combine them and then cover with a lid and let the mixture sit for 12 to 24 hours. Put the container in the fridge.
When it’s ready strain the coffee twice. First you can strain it into a large bowl and then back into the jar. You can repeat a third time if you notice there’s still some residue left.
After that, you can add ice, milk, sugar and everything else you want and enjoy your cold brew coffee. If you store it properly, it can be good for a long time, even up to a month, thanks to its low acidity.