Use this easy cold brew coffee recipe to make sweet and smooth coffee concentrate and enjoy iced coffee at home!
Good news: Cold brew coffee is really easy to make at home. Cold-brewed coffee is sweeter and smoother than regular coffee, which is why it became so popular. It also has a lower acidity level and no bitterness.
This is my basic recipe that makes 4 cups of coffee concentrate. That’s enough for 8 servings. Of course, you can double or triple the original quantity if you’d like to make a big batch. Any pitcher, bowl or container will work here but if you prefer, you can use special cold brew coffee maker. You can also use your French press to make cold brew.
Here’s how to cold brew coffee:
COLD BREW COFFEE RECIPE
1. Place 1 cup coarsely ground coffee in a mason jar, cold brew pitcher or bowl, and pour in 4 cups cold water. Stir to ensure all the grounds are wet.
2. Cover with a cheesecloth and let rest at room temperature for 12 hours.
3. When the time has passed, strain twice through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or through a coffee filter. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.
How to use coffee concentrate?
Fill a glass halfway with ice. Pour in 1/2 cup (4 oz) coffee concentrate, add 1/2 cup cold milk or half and half, and sweeten to taste. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust sugar as needed.
For Vietnamese iced coffee, fill a glass halfway with ice, pour in 1/2 cup coffee concentrate, add 2 rich tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, 2 oz half and half and stir.
To serve hot, combine coffee concentrate and hot water in 1:1 ratio.
You must give the cold brew a try. The coffee is less bitter, has almost no acidity and it’s so convenient. Not to mention the savings. This cold brew concentrate is perfect when serving coffee (hot or iced) to a crowd. And, it would make a great gift too.