Cold Brew Coffee - The Surznick Common Room

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cold Brew Coffee

Nick and I love coffee, but as the summer weather starts rolling in, sometimes a steaming hot cup o' joe in the morning is the last thing I want. A big glass of iced coffee sounds much more appealing, doesn't it? Well to make this happen, we decided to try our hand at cold brewing!

I'm sure there's plenty of ways to make cold brew coffee, but we adapted our process from The Pioneer Woman and it was so easy!

Here's what you need! (For a 1 gallon batch)
- 1/2 lb. ground coffee
- 1 gallon of cold water
- Ice
- Any creamers or sweeteners you choose
- Tools: 2 large pots or containers, wooden spoon, fine mesh strainer/cheesecloth

Note: We used coarse ground coffee, just to be sure we didn't have any grinds going through our strainer. But if you have a very fine strainer or cheesecloth, a regular grind should work as well.

UPDATE 6/11/14: We just made another batch of coffee using a regular grind. Our strainer is very fine, so we didn't have any issues with grinds ending up in our coffee. Success! But the grounds soaked up a lot more water this way, so we didn't end up with a full gallon like we do with coarse ground. Also, using a regular grind definitely made our coffee stronger and more concentrated, so you may want an extra splash of milk!

Here's what you do!
- Pour your dry coffee grounds into a large pot. We used a kitchen scale to measure out 1/2 lb. since coffee isn't typically sold in this weight. You could always double this recipe if it's easier for you to use a whole pound!

- Pour your cold water into the pot of coffee grounds and use a wooden spoon to stir.

- Cover your pot and let it sit at room temperature overnight.
- The next day, line another large pot or container with a fine mesh strainer and pour your coffee/water mix through the strainer. We used a fine mesh strainer and bucket from Nick's beer brewing supply arsenal.

- Once the liquid has stopped running through on it's own, try to squeeze additional coffee through your strainer. Discard grounds.

- If necessary, transfer your coffee to the container you'll keep it in. We moved ours from the brewing bucket to a pitcher. Then put it in the fridge and serve as needed!

This is definitely my new favorite thing. I LOVE being able to have iced coffee at home! In my head, I think I associate iced coffee drinks with coffee shops rather than something I can whip up myself.

I've been drinking mine with a tablespoon or two of sweetened condensed milk stirred in and it is SO good. Nick likes a little caramel syrup and milk in his. Or you could drink it black! (We both drink our hot coffee black, but I prefer my iced coffee to have some sweetness to it.)

Think you'll give cold brew coffee a shot?

Sarah & Nick

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  1. my husband LOVES cold brew and makes it all the time! I hate coffee so he has to drink it all by himself..which surprisingly the coffee is gone quick!

  2. I made a batch of iced coffee the other day (just by making it and chilling it) but this looks a lot better! I'll try it when this batch runs out : )