If hot coffee and hot weather don’t do it for you but you still need a dose of caffeine, maybe cold brew is for you. As Consumer Reports explains, by using a few simple tools that you probably already have, you can brew cold brew coffee at home and save a lot of money.
The editor of Consumer Reports, who covers everything coffee-related at CR, says his kitchen is full of coffeemakers and caffeine-related gadgets. But he also says you don’t need it to brew a good amount of cold brew coffee.
Cold brew coffee, as the name suggests, is brewed with cold water instead of hot water, and because of this, it has to brew for a much longer time.
The only supplies you’ll need are two jars with lids that can hold more than 3 cups of water, a coffee filter, funnel, and your favorite coarsely ground coffee beans.
You will need a quarter of a pound of coffee (about a cup and a half) for 3 cups of cold water.
Mix the coffee and water until all the coffee is saturated. Leave to infuse for at least 12 hours at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Thanks to this long brewing process, you get a coffee that is much less bitter, a little richer and smoother.
After soaking, grab this second pot and place the funnel, then the coffee filter, on the open lid and slowly pour your infusion.
Think of cold brew as highly concentrated coffee, so you’ll want to dilute it using a ratio of one to one or one to one and a half of cold brew concentrate to water.
When ready to taste, you can simply add ice or milk and any sweeteners you prefer.
If you’re still tempted by coffee gadgets, consider Cuisinart Cold Brew DCB-10 Automatic Coffee Maker, which brews in 25 to 45 minutes and costs around $ 80.
CR says that steeping your cold brew at room temperature helps extract a wider range of flavors. If you prefer to let your cold brew steep in the fridge, you can just leave it longer, around 18 hours. No matter where you steep it, your cold brew can be kept for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. You can also heat your cold brew and drink it hot.
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