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How To: Cold-Brew Coffee

Ever had coffee so bitter you almost spit it out? Been there. Meet “cold brew coffee”. It will change your life. Seriously.

cold-brew coffee
This will go fast! Bring cream, sweetener and ice separately.

The process of brewing coffee with heat makes it cranky at times. Hey, I get that. But using cold (or room temperature) water, is a bit more gentle, and helps bring out the best qualities in the coffee.

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So, why should you make this dark elixir? It’s smooth like Sunday morning, pumpkin. A good cold brew may not even (gasp) need anything added to it. Yes, it’s true.

If you like iced coffee, give cold brew a try.

It might blow your hair back, and you may never return to that other stuff. Well, maybe only in times where there is nothing else. And you forgot your flask of the good stuff.

Cold Brew Coffee
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Good anytime of year, and simple to make. Keeps for about 2-4 weeks, but betcha it won't last that long.
Serves: 8-10
  • 4 ounces fresh medium grind, medium roast coffee
  • 32 ounces water (filtered if you have it)
  1. Pour the coffee grounds into a large pitcher or container.
  2. Pour the water over the grounds.
  3. Stir to fully coat coffee grounds with water.
  4. Set on your counter for 12-18 hours. (This is the "cold brew" part.)
  5. Set a strainer (lined with a coffee filter or paper towel) over another clean container (one you can seal), and slowly pour your coffee to strain out all the grounds.
  6. Cover, seal and park in the fridge.
  7. When good and cold, combine half your cold brew coffee with an equal part water or milk, and serve over ice. (I.e. 4 ounces coffee & 4 ounces water.)
  8. Enjoy!


(If you want to read more about the process, and educate yourself, check out this great article about cold brew.)

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