My son is napping, and I’m listening to the summer rain as I sip on this cold brew I prepped last night. Life doesn’t get much better than this. Cold brew is the essence of summer: refreshing, light, and leisurely.
You may not realize how easy it is to make the perfect cup of cold brew at home. Cold brew coffee is not making hot coffee and just putting it in the refrigerator. It’s letting coffee grounds soak in cold water for a lengthier period of time, and then sifting out the grounds. I find the French Press to be the best and easiest way to make cold brew.
If you don’t have a french press, I highly recommend grabbing one at Amazon or Target. You can get a great one for under 20 bucks, and they are worth the money you will save not buying these at Starbucks everyday. This is the the one that I have: Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee Maker, 34 Ounce, 1 Liter, (8 Cup), Black
I always prep my cold brew the night before by putting 1/2 cup coffee grounds in the bottom of my french press. I will say, I think the flavor of the coffee is more important with cold brew. I either buy local or Starbucks coffee grounds for my cold brew which costs a little bit more than what I spend for my morning drip pot coffee, but I think it’s worth it. I used Starbucks House Blend for this batch.
Fill the french press with cold, filtered water, leaving a couple of inches at the top. Make sure your water is filtered. I can always taste the difference between filtered and tap water in my coffee.
Stir so the coffee grounds and water mix, cover, and put in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, press the coffee by gently and slowly pushing the plunger to the bottom.
Fill your glass with ice, and pour your cold brew over. Prepare however you’d like with cream and/or sweetener. Easy as that!