Did you know that August is National Coffee Month? Now you do! I didn’t know until I read it at several places over the internet recently. But I couldn’t confirm who
According to the National Coffee Association’s (NCA) National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) market research study, 83% of the U.S. adults reporting they drink coffee. In fact, it is the second most traded commodity on Earth – right behind oil. I sure did my fair share in contributing to these numbers on a daily basis. I don’t know about you, but I feel that I am not fully awake in the morning without a cup of joe in my hand! I usually opt for a hot coffee in the morning, strong and bold. But I love a refreshing iced coffee in the afternoon, especially in the summer. One method of making iced coffee is brewed it hot and then served over ice to cool it down. On the other hand, cold brew coffee is brewed entirely with cold or lukewarm water over a longer period of time. I’m going to show you in just a minute on how to make that.
Why cold brew method, you might ask. Here are the reasons why. With the cold brew method, it minimizes the chance of having the acidity or bitterness that comes with brewing coffee with hot water. Thus, you will get a smooth, sweet, and bitter-free coffee that tastes wonderful over ice. Plus, this cold brew coffee is super easy to prepare. Ever since I gave it a try, I’d never go back to the old method when I prepare my iced coffee! Below is the video tutorial on how to make it.
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For the cold brew coffee, I suggest that you taste it before adding any sweetener or cream. I love mind with a little half and half and no sweetener as cold brew coffee tastes sweeter than the regular brewed coffee. How do you usually like your coffee? I would love to hear from you. And cheers to National Coffee Month!
Cold Brew Coffee
1 cup Whole coffee beans
4 cups cold filtered water
your choice of cream, for serving
Place 1 cup whole coffee bean in the coffee grinder, pause and coarsely ground the coffee beans.
Then, transfer the ground coffee into a large bowl. Add cold filtered water, and stir to combine. Cover and let it steep for at least 12 hours at room temperature, or 24 hours in the fridge.
Place a strainer over a large bowl, place a coffee filter on top (you can also use cheesecloth here). Pour the coffee into the coffee filter and let it sit until the liquid has drained through. Remove and discard the coffee filter and grounds.
You’ll get around 3 cups of coffee concentrate after dripping. I usually add one 1 cup of filtered water to dilute the concentrate as I love my coffee pretty strong. Feel free to add more water as needed. To serve, place ice cubes in tall glasses, pour the coffee in the glass and add milk, cream, and/or sweetener if you prefer. Refrigerate the remaining coffee in a sealed container for up to 1 week.