Lately, I have been struggling with watery coffee since I prefer my drinks iced. So I have started returning to my tried and true homemade cold brew. Cold-brew is coarsely ground coffee steeped in cold water for up to 24 hours in the fridge; creating a rich, sweet, and utterly smooth coffee that is never bland or watery. It is also high in caffeine which is a big plus in my book. A modest 2 1/2 cups of cold brew concentrate will render you 5 cups of coffee. If you order a sweet cream cold brew from Starbucks (my go-to drink) it will run you up to $5; so why not have something just as good at home? You can make cold brew in large jars (though this is considerably more work), a french press, or a cold brew maker. I've partnered with Cafe du Chateau to try their Cold Brew maker and I was not disappointed with the results. The product links are below if you are looking for a high-quality french press and/or cold brew maker so you can also enjoy a delicious cold brew. Follow the link below to purchase yours and use the code "chefnatwhit" for 20% off on the Cafe du Chateau website (https://cafeduchateau.net).
3 oz. (roughly 3/4 cup) coffee beans of your choice, coarsely ground (equalling about 1 1/2 cup of ground coffee)
3 cups cold filtered water
Place the ground coffee in a french press, cold brew maker, or large mason jar.
Slowly pour 3 cups of water over the coffee grounds and stir well, being careful to not break the glass if using a metal utensil.
Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours.
Slowly press the french press strainer down and/or sift the coffee through a fine cheesecloth or paper coffee filter.
To serve place ice in a glass and pour the cold brew over. Add an equal amount of milk and some creamer, if desired. Stir and enjoy your refreshing cold brew!
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For every one ounce of coffee, you will need one cup of water.
The cold brew will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.