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How to Cold Brew Coffee

How to Cold Brew Coffee from MomAdvice.com * This post is sponsored by Wild Oats. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this site!

When warmer temperatures strike, my coffee routines switch up a bit.  In my house, I try to keep a pitcher of cold brewed coffee in the refrigerator to take with me for my afternoon pick-me-up at the pool.  Have you tried the cold brew method before? It couldn’t be easier (or more affordable).  Today I’m partnering up with Wild Oats Organic to show you just how easy it is to create a batch of cold brewed coffee for all of your summertime coffee needs!

What is Cold Brewed Coffee?

Cold brew or cold press coffee refers to the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period.  Once you strain the coffee grounds, you are left with a coffee concentrate that you can then mix with water or milk and add in flavors or sweeteners (if desired) to create your own perfect cup of coffee. Although fancy coffee systems can be bought to make this, I have found that my French Press works great or you can have no equipment at all and mix it up in a pitcher or container for your week as I am showing you today.

It’s easy and affordable to make your cold brew coffee at home, but what about the flavor? Cold brewed coffee naturally seems sweeter due to its lower acidity. Because the coffee beans in cold-press coffee never come into contact with heated water, the process of leaching flavor from the beans produces a different chemical profile from conventional brewing methods. There is also high levels of caffeine in a cup of cold brewed coffee compared to hot brewed coffee.

More caffeine means it’s far superior to hot coffee too because now you can do ALL THE THINGS.

I consider this my summertime superpower.

 

How to Cold Brew Coffee from MomAdvice.com

As you can see in my picture tutorial this is the easiest method and you can make as big or as small of a batch as you need. While coarsely ground coffee is ideal, I tend to make things easy on myself and just purchase the coffee that is already ground and have had great results with it.  I find that cheesecloth over my mesh strainer helps to keep the grounds out and yields that perfectly smooth cup of coffee that I am after.

To compliment today’s article, this month I will be over on the Wild Oats blog sharing a variety of fun flavor combinations you can create with your cold brew coffee!

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How to Cold Brew Coffee from MomAdvice.com

Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee Recipe
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Serves: 2 cups
 
Save a fortune this summer and learn to make iced coffee at home the cold-brewed way!
Ingredients
  • 4½ ounces ground coffee (about 1¾ cups)
  • 3½ cups cold water
  • Wild Oats Cinnamon (for dusting)
Instructions
  1. Place the coffee grounds in a 2-quart pitcher, add the water, and stir to combine. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and let steep at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.
  2. Line a fine-mesh strainer with a standard coffee filter and fit it over a medium bowl. Working in batches, slowly pour the coffee into the filter until all of the liquid has passed through the strainer. You do not want to rush the process and stop when you reach the solids at the bottom of the pitcher (don’t pour them in). Discard the grounds and the contents of the strainer.
  3. Transfer the strained coffee into a clean pitcher.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.
  5. For each cup of iced coffee, dilute the concentrate with an equal portion of milk, half-and-half, or water. Sweeten with simple syrup if desired and top with ice. Finish with a dusting of cinnamon.

Don’t forget to finish your coffee treat with a little Wild Oats Cinnamon for the perfect finishing touch! Do you cold brew coffee? What are your tried and true methods for a great iced coffee? I’d love to hear them!

 * This post is sponsored by Wild Oats. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this site!

 

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Published May 18, 2015 by:

Amy Clark

Amy Allen Clark is the founder of MomAdvice.com. You can read all about her here.

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