Cold Brewed Coffee for Winners

I was going to call it Cold Brewed Coffee for BAMFs, to truly illustrate how a glass of quality iced coffee makes me feel.

But…  This is a (semi)family-friendly operation.  Depending on your family, of course.  All that matters is, good coffee makes me feel like this:

Everyone should feel that way most of the time.

Why cold brewing?  In short, cold brewing coffee–as opposed to brewing coffee traditionally and then icing it–means less acidity, smoother flavor and BAMFdom.  It’s science.  I’m just the messenger.

This recipe makes two quarts of black iced coffee (not iced coffee concentrate; I like my coffee black and ready to go).  Two quarts, incidentally, is the perfect amount for five tall (12.8-ounce, to be precise) glasses.  That’s one excellent drink for each excellent day in a standard workweek.

Did you notice that standard wine bottles contain five glasses of wine?  That’s for your evenings, be they excellent or Decidedly Not Excellent™.  Five is a magic number–a nod and a wink from the universe to the working masses (again, I’m just the messenger).

And it’s so easy!  All you need is time.

Grind some coffee and pour water over it in a large container.  Stir it.  That’s all!

Step 2.5 is not pictured, because that step is waiting–24 hours is normally what I do.  I didn’t take pictures of what I did during this time, because I am the most boring person on this side of the Rockies.  You would weep…  For real.

24 hours later, you’re ready to finish up.  Filter it well–I use a paper towel on the last go.

Cold Brewed Coffee
(adapted slightly from Smitten Kitchen

2 cups (packed) medium-ground coffee
2 quarts (plus 1 cup, to replace water lost during filtering) filtered water

Combine coffee grounds and water in a large container, stir well, cover and let it rest at room temperature for 12-24 hours.  To filter, pour through a fine-mesh strainer a couple of times.  Line the strainer with a paper towel and filter again once or twice.  Store in the fridge.

(Note that these proportions are just my preference–you may want to experiment to figure out what works best for you.  If it comes out too strong, you can always add water or milk.)

14 Responses to Cold Brewed Coffee for Winners

  1. sharon mcshane

    thanks! This is the easiest recipe I have found. It is a manageable amount. I’m going to go make it right now!

  2. Very cool. Thanks. Gonna try this at home. Next we have got to step up the coffee. No disrespect to Costco and Kirkland brand, which I am sure is fine, but I would love to get you some Stumptown or 9th Street Espresso. You would love it!

    • I love Stumptown! However, I go through bags of coffee like a fiend. Everything has its purpose, right?

  3. Thanks for reminding me of cold brewed coffee. I was just lamenting that my perfect 15 year old perculator has just about had it . . . but it doesn’t matter because it is time for cold brewed coffee anyway!!!

    • I’m sorry to hear that! May it rest in peace when the time comes. I’m sure it has served you well!

  4. Marcy Franklin

    This is so interesting, I’ve never brewed cold coffee on my own! I’ll have to try this this weekend. Thanks so much! -Marcy at The Daily Meal

  5. Oh, awesome! I really always never liked iced coffee at home, and I’m sure it’s because I’ve never cold brewed it. I am super excited to try this! It probably goes well with fried pickles, bundt cake, AND salad, right?

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