Ahhh…iced coffee. So cool, so refreshing, so good. It’s such a great feeling to start a warm day with a cool cup of coffee. A few years ago, we realized we were spending way too much money on iced coffee at our favorite coffee shop so we tried to make it at home. We brewed a pot of coffee, let it cool, then poured it over ice. It just didn’t taste the same as the coffee shop. We started doing some research on Iced Coffee and discovered the Cold Brew method.
Cold brewing coffee takes a lot more time (8 hours), but the taste is so worth it. When you brew coffee with hot water, it releases the acid in the coffee beans. This is what gives coffee the “bitter” taste. Cold brewing releases about 65% less acid from the beans, so you are left with a much smoother brew. It is hard to describe to someone who hasn’t tasted it, but it almost as a chocolatey flavor to it. If you want to spend a little money, you can actually buy a cold brew system. We decided to save same money and come up with our homemade version.
Makes: 1/2 Gallon iced coffee
3 cups ground coffee
5 cups water
5 cups milk
Mix the ground coffee and water in a pitcher. Cover and let it brew overnight, at least 8 hours. After the coffee has brewed, use a large slotted spoon to remove most of the grounds in the pitcher. This is extremely important to do as it will help speed up the filtering process. Pour the remaining mixture through a flour sack or thin dish towel. These can be purchased at just about any home store and usually come in packs of 3 or so. We buy a pack every summer and use them exclusively for filtering coffee. As you get to the end of the mixture, the filtering process will slow down since there are more grounds clogging the filter. This is ok…be patient…you will soon get to enjoy this yummy goodness!
This produces about 2 1/2 cups of a strong coffee concentrate. Mix the coffee concentrate with 5 cups of milk.
To serve, pour over ice and add sweetener to taste (sugar, agave, honey, flavored creamer).
If you are an iced coffee fan, you seriously need to try this! There is no going back after you have a glass. We save lots of money through spring and summer by avoiding the coffee shops and buying coffee in bulk.
Have any of you cold brewed coffee before?