It's not as simple as just tossing some ice cubes in your morning pot! A true cold brew is smooth, rich in flavor and less acidic than the hot stuff. Here's what's involved...
- 4 cups ground coffee
- 16 cups cold water
In a large airtight container, combine the ground coffee and water. Stir well. Cover the container and let it sit for at least 10 hours. I think 18-24 hours is best! Stir occasionally.
Using a sieve, carefully strain the liquid into another container or large bowl. Discard the coffee grinds and wash the original container. Strain the liquid once more using a coffee filter, returning it to the original airtight container. This mixture is your coffee concentrate.
To serve, combine one part coffee with one part milk, or add cream/sweetener as desired. (Note that the concentrate is very strong. If you use less milk, consider slightly diluting it with water.)
The cold brew will last for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator.