Kinda Easy Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

It is incredibly easy to brew your own cold brew coffee at home with just a mason jar, water, and your coffee beans.

Sure you can get as fancy as you’d like and shop around the cool cold brew coffee makers, but if you have a mason jar or pitcher you’re good to go.

This is the easiest way to prepare your own iced coffees and not only save a ton, but also have good quality coffee. As a self proclaimed coffee connoisseur, I hate crappy iced coffee. I will drive out of my way for a good cup of coffee no doubt about that, but making my own cold brew coffee at home saves all those time consuming trips.

What is cold brew coffee?

Cold brewed coffee is brewed with cold or room temperature water and it is never exposed to heat.  Instead it relies on time to extract the flavor in a much slower process than traditionally hot brewed coffee.  Because there is no heat involved, the coffee is naturally less acidic and easier on the digestive system.  This makes cold brew coffee a better option for those of us with IBD.  Since it has lower acidic levels it makes it less bitter and sweeter than the regular coffee brewed in hot water.  Many people, like myself, do not add any extra sweetener.

30 second iced coffee:

Mix 4 oz. of this cold brew concentrate with 4 oz. raw milk or almond milk for the perfect iced coffee.  Serve over ice.

Any organic fair trade from a medium-dark roast will be fine.

It is important you find organic coffee to avoid heavy pesticides, fertilizers, and chemicals.  Organic coffee is grown without any synthetic fertilizers in a naturally shaded humid ecosystem.  Coffee plants do not do well in direct sunlight.
Coffee is one of the most chemically treated crops in the planet.  Make the switch to Organic.
On the other hand conventional coffee is not only treated with all sorts of chemicals but it also contributes to the destruction of natural forests.  The conventional coffee crops have higher resistance to sun light because of the chemicals it is treated with, so trees are wiped out to grow more plants.
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The perfect cold brew coffee

It is best you use fresh whole coffee beans for this process to get the best tasting results.  You can find organic fair trade coffee beans at your local markets like sprouts, whole foods and even bigger department stores like Costco.  Costco actually has a great selection of organic coffee for a great price.
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Keep the coffee beans whole until you are ready to brew your coffee.  Don’t worry if you do not own a coffee grinder, you can use any kitchen blender you have even a hand blender works for this.  Freshly coarse ground coffee is best for cold brew.  You do not want finely grounded coffee because this is a slow brewing process and the coffee will get cloudy.

Diluting the Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

The slow brewing process gives you a strong cold brew concentrate that you can dilute depending on how strong you like your coffee.  For me personally the 1:1 ratio is perfect but I love coffee.  You can dilute your cold brew coffee concentrate with milk, creamer, or water.  Have fun creating different flavored iced coffee.

Cold Brew Concentrate Tutorial

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Kinda Easy Cold Brew Coffee

Ingredients:

3 Cups of cold filtered water

1 Cup coffee beans

 

*Glass container to brew coffee in, mason jar works perfectly.

*Coffee filter or cheesecloth

Step by step method for the easiest cold brew coffee:

1. Start out by grinding your coffee beans to a coarse consistency. You don’t want fine grounds because this will be brewing for hours and your brew will turn cloudy.
2. Brew the coffee beans with 3 cups of cold water in a glass container for 12-16 hours. You want to keep the container in a cool place, if your kitchen is warm like mine in Arizona, brew it in the refrigerator door for 16 hours.
3. Strain the coffee through a coffee filter, cheesecloth, or even a paper towel works fine.
4. Dilute your cold brew concentrate 1:1 with water, milk, or creamer.
5: Store cold brew coffee in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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