How to make cold brew coffee

man pouring coffee

 

Is it getting too warm to drink hot coffee? That doesn’t mean you have to quit your daily doses of caffeine, simply give the traditional cup of coffee a twist and discover the freshness and intensity of a cold brew.

Is cold brew the same as iced coffee?

Not at all! Iced coffee is regular coffee served with ice to cool it down and make it more refreshing. It’s a very popular drink in warm countries like Spain, Italy or Australia where is frequently served with whipped cream, syrups or ice-cream, almost turning it into a milkshake.

On the other hand, a cold brew is, as its name states, made with cold water. As a result, the infusion process needs longer time to extract the flavour from the coffee beans.

How do I make a cold brew?

Cook’s Illustrated has tested different methods to make the best-tasting cold brew and the French Press is their winning choice.

The process for making cold brew in a French press is basically the same as making hot coffee, only it takes many, many more hours to brew (12, to be exact). Don’t be discouraged by this, you can start making it on the day before and have it ready when you wake up in the morning or take it with you at the office for a needed energy boost throughout the day.

The recipe

  • Grind 2/3 cup of coffee beans or ground coffee and place it in a large French Press.
  • Fill with room-temperature water and stir.
  • Put the lid on and leave in the fridge for 12 hours.
  • Press the plunger and push all the grounds to the bottom.

 

Now it’s cool and ready to serve!