Cold brewed coffee is magnificent! I always wondered why it tastes so much better than the iced coffee I used to get from Starbucks. After some research, I found that cold brew is actually far less acidic than hot coffee or iced coffee (which is pretty much just hot coffee that has been cooled and poured over ice) due to the fact that heat is not used in the process. This also accounts for the lack of bitterness that is often found in hot and iced coffee. For someone who has struggled with acid reflux for over a decade, this is music to my ears!
I like my coffee STRONG. I'm talking "suck the paint off your house and give your family a permanent orange afro," strong (If you haven't seen "Spies Like Us," go do that now. It's on Netflix!). Due to this, I used a 4:1 water to coffee grounds ration and let the coffee seep for about 48 hours. I would recommend you do the same and, if it is too strong, just dilute the coffee with water or ice.
You don't need a fancy device! If you want to spend money on a home-brewing kit, go for it, but I can assure you that it is just as delicious made the easy way. The most important thing is to use GOOD COFFEE. I made two batches: one with slightly more expensive coffee and one with cheap hazelnut coffee I found for $3.99/lb at a discount store. I ended up pouring out the hazelnut coffee because it was undrinkable. Bad coffee grounds make for bad cold brew.
Coffee (ground finely, but not quite as fine as espresso)
Jar/container for the coffee
Cheese cloth (if you don't have this, layered paper towels will do, but they may rip in the process of filtering, so be careful!)
The recipe is so simple! Add the water to the coffee in a jar and mix them together. Leave in the fridge for 24-48 hours depending on desired strength of coffee. Strain using the cheese cloth. Serve over ice and enjoy!!
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