Quick and Easy Cold Brew Coffee
I'm so excited to share this post today. If you've been reading my blog for any length of time or follow me on Insta, you most likely know that I love coffee. I'm currently working to build a career in the coffee industry and even have a site and Insta account dedicated to coffee. Not to mention, iced coffee and cold brew are everything in this heat (and all year round actually). Now, I could definitely chat for hours about weighing coffee and water, selecting your beans and using them within a certain timeframe, etc. But the truth is, I'm not always the most particular about that type of stuff. I also know that a lot of people LOVE coffee and don't get into those specifics. So, I wanted to share my quick and easy cold brew recipe that anyone can make - from the newest beginner to the seasoned professional. It's simple, it tastes delicious, and can be prepped in 5 minutes before jumping into bed.
I use a 20 oz. wide mouth mason jar to make my cold brew. These are great because in the morning, you can drink it straight from the glass you made it in - less work and fewer dishes to wash. Score! I also like using these mason jars because you can get 9 of them for $10, they're super durable, and can be used for so many different things! We don't use plastic in our house and glass isn't always the cheapest, so these mason jars are also perfect if you're transitioning to glass or just prefer glass over plastic.
This recipe is so simple, I couldn't even fill a whole recipe card, so I'm just going to give you the simple steps:
- Add 3 oz. coarsely ground coffee to the mason jar
- Fill the jar with 16 oz. room temp water
- Cover the jar and place in the fridge over night
- In the morning, use cheesecloth to strain out the grounds
- Add ice and enjoy!
I make mine around 9:30pm before I get in bed and strain out the grounds around 7am before I leave for work. Make sure your coffee is coarsely ground and that you don't leave the grounds in too long. It's best to make this each night rather than making one huge batch - the fresher, the better. Also, grind your coffee right before making your cold brew rather than grinding the whole bag at once to keep it fresh!
Of course, you can always add milk or cream and simple syrup also. And if you find the recipe is too strong, weak, etc. for you, change it up and make it to your liking! This recipe is an easy starting point. From there, experiment and find what you like best!
That's it! Super simple, right?
Not only does the coffee turn out so tasty when you cold brew it, but having the option to use any beans you would like really makes this a great option for any budget. Not to mention, you get that delicious coffee without having to take the time or spend the money to go to a coffee shop every morning!