Recipe: Iced Coffee and Cold Brew

I’m not a coffee snob, I don’t have a very discerning palate. I do, however, know when coffee tastes like ass, and I refuse to subject myself to that. I go out of my way to buy fresh roasted beans (purchased within days of roasting, checking the date on the package.

I use a French press because it doesn’t waste a paper or plastic products every day, and is fast and easy to clean up. If you want to see how I do it, here’s a video I made in the original Spanish. The original is better but if you need English, I have that too.

Iced coffee and cold brew are a nice way to enjoy coffee on a hot day. It’s also a good way to consume left over coffee. You can kick it up a notch by making coffee ice cubes to go with your chilled coffee drink, but that’s extra.

Recipe: Iced Coffee

Ingredients: Leftover coffee that you brewed but didn’t finish.

Procedure: Pour your leftover coffee into a carafe or mason jar and chill overnight.

Serving: Drink it. Extra points for serving it over ice. Cream and sugar? It’s a free country.

Recipe: Cold Brewed Coffee

Ingredients: Fresh roasted coffee beans; water. Use the same proportions as you use for hot coffee; I use four heaping tablespoons of whole beans per 1.2 liters of water, which is the size of my French press cafetera.

Procedure:

  • Grind the beans to to somewhere between coarse and fine. Make it more fine than when you brew with boiling water, but still coarse enough to feel a poke if you stepped on spilled grinds with bare feet. Whatever, don’t lose sleep over it.
  • Mix the ground beans with cold water in a container large enough to hold it; a mason jar, a carafe, your French press’s carafe minus the plunger. Cover and put it in your fridge.
  • The next morning, strain it somehow; French press, coffee filter, cheese cloth, who cares.

Serving: Look, you’ve cold brewed coffee and strained it somehow; if I have to tell you how to serve it and drink it, this recipe might be too difficult for you.

The reason I’m writing this blog post is because I saw this lifestyle post about cold brew and it made my brain explode that people still think this is a mysterious, difficult and expensive process. It’s not; it’s cheap, easy, and frankly, lazy. Don’t buy special beans or equipment. Spend ZERO EXTRA MONEY on making chilled coffee drinks.

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