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    Simple Delicious Cold Brew

    Love your coffee house, but want to make delicious cold brew at home? New to the Cold Brew gig and want to know more? Either way, this easy method will get you brewing in no time!

    First things first. What’s Cold Brew? It’s coffee with a brewing process of steeping coarse coffee grounds for between 7-24 hours which leaves a concentrated brew that’s then diluted with water or cream.

    Why should I drink it? The top benefit in my mind is that it’s less acidic (up to 67% less studies show) so it’s easier on your tummy and your teeth. Other benefits are added antioxidants and improving LDL (good cholesterol) production.

    Now, on to the how to…Equipment! You can most certainly use any container to house your brew and strain out your coffee/tea using cheesecloth and a strainer, but that can get messy and stray grounds can end up in your cup. I have found the easiest, cleanest way is to use a 32 ounce, quart size wide mouth Ball Jar with this fantastic filter: Zell Durable Straight Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Tea Maker Infuser and Coffee Maker Filter for 32 oz. Wide-Mouth Mason Jars

    These filters come in two sizes, so if you’d rather make 2 quarts at a time using a 64 ounce wide mouth ball jar, that is an option as well!

    Below are the links to the ball jars, and a groovy no spill lid that makes storing and pouring a breeze:

    Ok, got your equipment ready? Great! Now let’s do some diy brew!

    Prep time: 5-7 minutes
    Serves: 8 minutes
    Pairs well with: Anything 🙂

    For Cold Brew Coffee:

    1. Using your favorite whole bean coffee, measure out 1 cup of beans.
    2. Place them into your coffee grinder, and with quick short pulses, grind your beans until they are coarsely ground. You do not want a fine grind for this; you’ll want to see some chunks of coffee bean in there mixed in with the grounds. The brew ratio you are looking for is: 1 cup of ground coffee per  4 cups of filtered water.
    3. Grab your quart-sized Ball jar and pop in the filter.
    4. Carefully spoon your beans into the filter, and then slowly pour your cold filtered water over the beans until your jar is full.
    5. Cap the jar, place in your refrigerator for at least 12 hours, or preferably overnight.
    6. Once ready, carefully lift the filter out, discard your grounds, and, boom!

    Your brew is ready to enjoy!

    For Cold Brew Iced Tea:

    Using your favorite loose leaf black tea, brew using the instructions above, but make sure to use this ratio instead for your cold brew iced tea: 4 heaping teaspoon of loose leaf black tea per 4 cups of filtered water. Here is a link to my favorite loose leaf tea to use if you need a recommendation!

    Like your cold brew  a little sweet? Here are two easy syrups that are delicious in both iced coffee and iced tea. Keep them handy in your fridge to sweeten your day…

    Minty Sweet Syrup

    • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
    • 1/3 cup filtered water
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

    To create this syrup:

    1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and the water to a boil.
    2. Boil for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar is all the way dissolved.
    3. Remove from heat.
    4. Give your mint leaves a little squeeze in your hand to bruise the leaves, then add it to the sugar/water mixture and let it all steep together for 45 minutes to an hour.
    5. Strain out the mint leaves and store up to 2 weeks in your refrigerator.

    Toasted Coconut and Blackberry Syrup

    • 1/3 cup of filtered water
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/3 cup toasted shredded coconut (recipe follows)
    • 1/3 cup frozen or fresh blackberries

    To toast your coconut:

    1. Preheat your oven broiler and set coconut shreds onto a sheet pan.
    2. Set under the broiler, and toast until your coconut has a hint of golden brown. This happens very fast, so watch carefully and don’t leave your oven!
    3. Remove from oven and let cool while you make your syrup.
    4. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and the water to a boil.
    5. Boil for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar is all the way dissolved.
    6. Add the blackberries and toasted coconut and give a stir.
    7. Remove from heat and let it all steep together for 45 minutes to an hour.
    8. Strain out the solids and store up to 2 weeks in your refrigerator.


    Happy Brewing!


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