How to Make Cold Brew Coffee: The Easy Way

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee - The Easy Way

Summertime is the perfect season for enjoying a delicious cold brew coffee. This easy method of preparing iced coffee produces a smooth and icy cup, every time.

All you need is some ground coffee, cold water, and a large container to mix everything together in. Plus, if you’re using a French press or Chemex brewer, you can easily make cold brew coffee with ground coffee!

We at HIPCOLONY love cold brew coffee so much that we decided to share our cold brew coffee recipe with you. This helpful guide will show you how to make cold brew coffee in just a few simple steps.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

What’s cold brew coffee, you ask?

It’s coffee that’s brewed with cold or room-temperature water instead of hot water. This results in a less acidic, smoother cup of coffee that can be enjoyed over ice (or not).

What’s the difference between cold brew and iced coffee?

Although cold brew and iced coffee are often confused, they’re actually produced in different ways. Iced coffee is made by brewing hot water, which is simply regular drip coffee that has been allowed to cool and poured over ice. Cold-brew, on the other hand, is prepared with cold or room temperature water. It takes longer to prepare (I like it best when it steeps for 12 to 24 hours), but the flavor isn’t as harsh.

Is cold brew coffee healthy?

Yes! Because cold brew coffee is less acidic than hot-brewed coffee, it may be easier on your stomach. Cold-brew coffee also contains more caffeine than hot-brewed coffee, so it’s perfect for mornings or afternoons when you need an extra boost of energy.

Can you make cold brew with regular coffee?

Technically, yes. However, the results will be subpar at best. The coffee grounds are designed to extract flavor at a certain temperature range, and cold waterfalls well outside of that. This means that your cup of coffee will likely taste weak and watery.

Is cold brew coffee stronger than regular coffee?

Since cold brew coffee is made by steeping grounds in cold water for an extended period of time, it tends to be more concentrated than regular coffee. This means that a cup of cold brew will have more caffeine than a cup of hot brewed coffee. However, the exact amount will vary depending on the recipe and brewing method.

What is the ratio of coffee to water for cold brew?

The general rule of thumb is to use a ratio of one part coffee to four parts water. However, you may want to adjust this depending on your personal preferences. If you like a stronger cup of coffee, then use a higher ratio of coffee to water. Conversely, if you prefer a weaker cup of coffee, then use a lower ratio of coffee to water.

How to make cold brew coffee?

There are several ways to make cold brew coffee, but the two most common methods are using a French press or a Mason jar.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee - The Easy Way

To make cold brew coffee using a French press

  • Add ground coffee and water to the French press in the ratio of your choosing.
  • Stir the mixture and then place the lid on top of the French press, making sure not to plunge the plunger down.
  • Place the French press in the fridge and let it steep for 12-24 hours.
  • After the coffee has finished steeping, slowly press down on the plunger to filter out the grounds.
  • Pour your cold brew coffee into a glass and enjoy!

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee - The Easy Way

To make cold brew coffee using a Mason jar

  • Add ground coffee and water to the Mason jar in the ratio of your choosing.
  • Stir the mixture and then screw on the lid of the Mason jar.
  • Place the Mason jar in the fridge and let it steep for 12-24 hours.
  • After the coffee has finished steeping, strain out the grounds using a cheesecloth or coffee filter.
  • Pour your cold brew coffee into a glass and enjoy!

Drink up!

Of course, there are all sorts of ways to get creative with cold brew once you have the basic recipe down. Try adding different flavors or spices to the grounds before brewing, or experiment with different ratios of concentrate to water (or milk). The possibilities are endless!

And, if you’re not the type of person who likes brewing and waiting for it to finish, Erewhon Market has them for sale. They also have a wide range of bottled cold brews available without the delay, so you may enjoy them now without waiting.

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