Cold brew coffee has become a craze that’s here to stay. When compared to traditionally brewed hot coffee, cold brew is less acidic because the colder brewing temperatures don’t release the oils in the beans. The result is a smoother, sweeter, and less bitter coffee where you can taste more of the beans flavor profile. Because of it’s higher coffee to water ratio, it’s also higher in caffeine and packs a punch for those mornings where you need that extra boost.
Since cold brew takes longer to make than drip coffee (needs to steep for anywhere from 12- 18 hours) making a batch before your work week starts is something your future self will appreciate. We like using our Arcila - Columbia beans for cold brew!
Cold Brew Methods
The two easies methods to cold brew are to use a cheese cloth & mason jar or a french press. We choose to go with a french press since it’s something we already have in our kitchen.
Cold Brew Ratios
Making cold brew at home is simple, however, take extra care with your coffee to water ratio so you get the taste you’re looking for. We found that the perfect ratio to enjoy cold brew st raight is 1:3 (1 part coffee to 3 parts water). If you plan to mix with a milk or creamer of your choice, consider a 1:2 ratio to create a concentrate.
Below is a ratio table to help you out:
Cold Brew Strength Coffee to Water Ratio
French Press Cold Brew Recipe
Prep: 5 Mins Cook: 12-18 Hrs Mins Total: 1 Hr 5 Mins Serving: 3
● Coarse ground coffee 1-1 ½ cups (~4 oz)
● Cold water 3-3 ½ cups
1. Ground your coffee coarsely - larger chunks are ok in this case!
2. Add ground coffee to your french press.
3. Pour cold water over grounds and gently stir to get all grounds wet.
4. Press french press lid down to slightly submerge the grounds.
5. Let sit overnight (12-18 hours) at room temperature or in the fridge.
6. Strain into a glass jar