Make this sweet and smooth cold brew coffee in your French press, so that you can enjoy iced coffee at home when you want, at a fraction of the price you would usually spend at the coffee shop.
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. Having a cold brew concentrate ready in your fridge will also encourage you to make your own iced coffee at home, and that’s always good for the wallet. This is a straightforward recipe and guarantees a sweet cup, every time.
Here’s how to make cold brew coffee in a French press:
1. Place 1 cup coarsely ground coffee in a press and pour in 4 cups cold water. Stir to ensure all the grounds are wet.
2. Cover with cheesecloth and let rest at room temperature for 12 hours.
3. When the time has passed, put on the plunger and gently press all the way down.
4. Pour the coffee into a pitcher or other container and store in the fridge.
How to use coffee concentrate?!
To make your iced coffee, fill a glass half full with ice, pour in 1/2 cup (4 oz) coffee concentrate and add 1/2 cup cold milk or half and half. Stir to combine and sweeten to taste.
For Vietnamese iced coffee, fill a glass half full with ice, add 1/2 cup coffee concentrate, 2 rich tablespoons sweetened condensed milk and splash in half and half. Stir and sweeten to taste.
You can also serve the concentrate hot. Simply mix concentrate and hot water in 1:1 ratio (perfect when serving coffee to a crowd).
This recipe makes 4 cups coffee concentrate / 8 servings.
One cup of this homemade iced coffee costs less than $0.40 per cup!! if you use coffee from the grocery store. Even if you use freshly roasted coffee from small-batch roasters, it won’t cost more than $0.70 per cup. For the best result, use dark roasted coffee, preferably freshly ground.
You don’t want to wait for cold brew?! Use this recipe instead.