It’s starting to get hotter out there but it’s not like you’re about to go a day without a delicious cup of coffee so what do you do? Drink a scorching hot cup of joe in 30 degree weather? No that’s crazy talk. So I am here to help you once again to get your caffeine fix without sweating through your shirt and looking like you just ran a marathon when everyone knows you’d never willingly go running. Here is my guide to making an easy cold brew at home.
What you’ll need:
- a French press
- Good beans
- Cold water
- room in your fridge for a French press
- Wooden stir stick (optional)
Pick out your favorite bag of beans. Throw in your beans in a grinder and grind them to be coarse like you would normally do for a French press. A normal amount of ground coarse beans per cup in a French press is about 30g per cup depending on the roast. When making cold brew you’ll need about 40g because you need to extract a bit more flavor which is more difficult with cold water than hot water. I don’t know the science behind it it’s just how it is.
Place the coarse beans in your French press. Nice and easy...just don’t go spilling coffee grounds everywhere.
Pour cold water onto the coarse beans. 1 cup per 40g used.
Take your wooden stir stick and stir the coffee in your French press. You don’t have to do this because the coffee will naturally fall to the bottom but giving it a nice stir will never hurt.
Cover your French press (without pressing down on the French press) and put it in the fridge. You’ll want to leave it in there for 12-24 hours. Yes I know it sounds crazy to brew coffee over 24 hours but trust me good things come to those who wait....SO WAIT.
P.S. If your French press lid is too big to fit in your fridge, just cover your French press with plastic wrap or any basic lid just to make sure nothing taints your coffee.
After 12-24 hours press down on your French press and pour yourself a delicious cup of cold brew to take on the go.
Thats it! What I usually do is make my cold brew the night before and put it in the fridge so that it’s ready for the next morning. This takes a bit of prep and planning but let me tell you, it’s well worth it!
So there you have it, an easy way to make cold brew at home. If it’s still too difficult for you, you can always grab a cold brew from your local coffee shop. Do whatever you want, I’m just trying to help make your life easier but you don’t have to listen to me...a (self proclaimed....like no one else calls me this) coffee expert.
Happy Coffee Drinking,
Alfred Drinking Coffee