A Step-by-Step Guide to the Perfect Batch of Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brewing coffee is a super easy, straightforward process. One so simple, you definitely do not need any special coffee-making skills to get it done right the first time. Plus, one of the great things about Cold Brewed Coffee is that you don’t have to make it daily. You can make a big batch at the beginning of the week, and drink it each day—NO extra preparation required. The directions for making Cold Brewed Coffee are as follows:
Step 1: Grind Cold Brew Lab Coffee Beans (or buy the extra course pre-ground version)
The first step to great cold brew is to use high quality organic beans with a rich, dark roast. If starting with whole beans, make sure to grind them to an extra-course size. Fine coffee grounds will be difficult to strain out of the brew and will result in a cloudy, gritty coffee which is never enjoyable.
Step 2: Pick a Brewing Device
You can actually make Cold Brewed Coffee using any container, large or small, that has a lid. Some popular brewing receptacles are:
- Mason jars
- French presses (Our fav method!)
Just choose a container that fits the amount of coffee you want to make. It is important that the container has a lid because while the coffee is steeping, you will want to have it covered. Once you have found the container of your choice, just put the coarsely ground coffee inside, and you’re ready to move on!
Step 3: Add Water
The next step is to add cold, filtered water to the coffee grounds & give it a good stir. As a general rule, you’ll want a 4:1 water-to-coffee ratio. You can adjust this ratio based on the strength you want your cold brew batch to have. It may take a few tries to find the perfect ratio for you, but once you find it, you will be so glad you did!
Step 4: Steep in Fridge
This step is the easiest one for you. Simply cover the container holding the coffee grounds and water, and let it steep in the fridge for a minimum of 8 hours (if you like a lighter coffee) and up to 15 hours (if you like it extra strong or are making a concentrate).
Step 5: Press or Strain
After the desired steeping time is up, you can either press or filter the coffee grounds out, depending on whether you’re using a French press or a filter or cheese cloth. Once that’s done, you’re left with a perfectly sweet, smooth, and delicious batch of Cold Brewed Coffee.
Step 6: Enjoy!
The only thing left to do is pour the coffee into a glass and enjoy! If you made a stronger concentrate, then just mix it with water or milk to achieve your desired coffee strength.
Then, enjoy the result of your Cold Brew Coffee-making adventure. If you made a big batch of coffee, you could let it sit in the fridge for up to seven days and continue to enjoy it throughout the week.
This process gets all the awesome coffee flavor from the grounds but leaves out the fatty acids and oils that make the coffee taste bitter and causes stomach discomfort or acid reflux. You will never have to suffer through a bitter, acidic cup of coffee again!