Liquids We Love – Cold Brew Coffee

Coffee – the most traded commodity after petroleum, which really says something about how much people value this ancient beverage.  If you love coffee like we do, than you almost certainly have your preferred method of preparation.  Improving on that method can not only be a challenge, but perhaps needless – why mess with success.  But I’m here to tell you that cold brew is worth a shot…so to speak.

My favorite brewing method is the French press, but I do like basic drip coffee if it’s done well.  I’ve heard all the hype about cold press coffee, but I have to admit I was a reluctant to give in to the hoopla.  Then it just so happened that cold brew coffee came to my rescue in a time of need.

My wife and I were on a remote camping trip recently and the stove we brought broke on the first night.  We initially took this in stride until we considered not having coffee the next morning – that’s when we started to panic.  After calming ourselves down, my wife said, “Hey, how about making cold brew coffee?”  Brilliant.  We put the same amount of coarse ground coffee that we would use for a hot brew in our French press, and then let it sit overnight.  In the morning we plunged the grounds and voila, coffee…silky smooth cold coffee.

The main benefit of cold brew coffee is lower acid, which is great if you suffer from heartburn or just want a less acidy taste.  Lower acid makes the brew smoother, more sweet, and really pronounces the more subtle flavors.  My first pot of cold brew coffee was made in a French press, but it’s easy to brew right in a pitcher.  Here’s a simple recipe below that makes a concentrate for mixing with milk or water (if you drink this straight, you’ve been warned).

Keep in mind, if you’re going to try cold brew for the flavor experience, don’t drink it out of a crusty old travel mug – clean the mug with Bottle Bright, which won’t leave any residual taste behind.  This will provide a clean flavor palate so you can experience the difference and see if cold brew is for you.

 

INGREDIENTS

For the coffee:

4 1/2 ounces coarsely ground coffee (about 1 3/4 cups)

3 1/2 cups cold water

For serving:

Milk, half-and-half, or water

Simple Syrup

Ice

INSTRUCTIONS

For the coffee:

Place the coffee grounds in a 2-quart pitcher, add the water, and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let steep at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.

Line a fine-mesh strainer with a standard coffee filter and fit it over a medium bowl. Slowly pour the coffee into the filter until all of the liquid has passed through the strainer (the coffee will pass through in a slow stream; don’t force it through); 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.

Wash and dry the pitcher. Transfer the strained coffee into the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.

For serving:

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.

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Reply

    Phil

    January 13, 2015

    This is an old idea that has been on the market years before l watched a friend demo it back in 1999.

  2. Reply

    Phil

    January 13, 2015

    Now that I read the instructions.
    Anyone can do this at home without the purpose build container.

    Years ago, before coffee pots started showing up in motel/hotel rooms, one could buy a special shaped funnel that fit on top of one coffee cup and with a filter, do the same thing.

  3. Reply

    Jane

    January 13, 2015

    Just saw you on Shark Tank. I’m happy you got a deal. With everyone using Keurig coffee makers would your tablets work on the water tank element of them? I would like something to clean mine at work and at home.

  4. Reply

    Eloise Cunningham

    January 14, 2015

    I also saw you on the Shark Tank, great job but when I checked in to buy it mentioned entering a promo code for a discount. I don’t see any code but would love a discount.

  5. Reply

    Ann Kankaanpaa

    February 16, 2015

    Thank you for developing this product!

    all the +s

    1.cleans out water bottles, bladders,coffee pots
    2. Made in the states
    3. AND you send the same amount to others in real need of this.

    What else could I ever want in a product that makes my life EASIER!!

    God Bless you and your company!

  6. Reply

    Patti Farmer

    August 31, 2015

    I love your idea. I love coffee, too. The one thing that could make me angry are coffee stains. I forbid my husband to drink coffee on the sofa. They are so hard to remove…. Best regards!


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