Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cold Brew Coffee

As requested, I am posting today about the yummiest coffee recipe.  I found a version of this online after reading about it in the America's Test Kitchen magazine, and went about experimenting.  This is how I like it best:

Things you need to get started:  french press, coffee, water, container for fridge, coffee mug.

Mix coffee and water in a 1:4 ratio, respectively, in a french press.  Let sit overnight, 8-12 hours.  (Example: 1/2 c. ground coffee and 2 c. water)

When you wake up, press out the grounds and pour the coffee concentrate into a container that you can put in the fridge.  The concentrate may be 2-3 times stronger than your normal cup of coffee and can be used for several days before you have to make more.

To make your coffee (I do this one cup at a time):
HOT: heat up water first and mix with equal parts of coffee concentrate, if this isn't hot enough for you just throw it in the microwave.
COLD: mix the concentrate with equal parts water and pour over ice.

Add your favorite flavorings

questions?  Is this clear? clear as coffee concentrate?

**If you drink more than one cup per day you should increase this recipe so you don't have to make it so often.  If you double this recipe you should have enough concentrate for about 6 cups of coffee.
**I like this best cold but.... you decide and be creative.
**I use this recipe for my women's health patients because it has much less acid and bitterness resulting in less irritation to the bladder.   People love their coffee so it's easier to give them an alternative than to ask them to stop drinking it altogether.
**Some people use a special brewer for this called a toddy, but a press works fine and you can use whatever you want as long as you can strain out the grounds easily.


  1. one of my friends (not you!) has been making her coffee like this for years and swears by it. She says it's much less bitter than regular coffee.

  2. Gonna try this! I don't drink it often, but I love a good cup of coffee!