Orange and Cardamom Infused Cold-Brewed Coffee

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Guess who went to a concert 3.5 hours away on a Monday night…  Then came back the same night…  Then went to work Tuesday morning and stayed for almost 12 hours?  Simple math tells us: that is too many hours of traveling and rocking out and working.  And not enough of sleeping.

I don’t know if I’m bragging or telling you that I’m a GIANT IDIOT.

Maybe not that much of an idiot, because this was waiting for me at home.  A pitcher of coffee in your fridge can fix anything.

So, just what is the deal with cold brewing? To recap, it’s making coffee without heat–mix and let it sit, then filter.  I first posted it early last summer, but it’s been a year-round staple for me ever since.  And believe me, I love nothing more than steaming milk for a cappuccino on a winter morning, but that kind of luxury ain’t suited for the M-F of a busy life, baby.

Cold-brewed coffee is an easy, convenient solution, and even the plain-Jane version tastes far superior than hot-brewed and iced coffee.  This time, we’re taking things to a fancy new level: infusing our concoction with orange and cardamom.  Fragrant citrus and warm spice: good morning, sunshine!  It’s so, so very lovely.  I normally drink my cold brew black, but this version, combined with some unsweetened (sweetened would be great too, obviously) vanilla almond milk, is just out of this world.

All we do to prepare cold brew in the first place is mix grounds with water and wait, so infusing is a very logical next step.  Why not have fun with it?

Fun is easy: zest a couple oranges, crush a few cardamom pods, plop it in with the grounds and stir.

The possibilities are infinite.  If you’re not a fan of either orange or cardamom, a scraped vanilla pod would be divine, guaranteed.  Maybe a cinnamon stick or two.  Star anise?  Beautiful.  Peppercorns?  You are talking loco.  My kind of loco.

Cheers, friends.  And if you have a chance to go see Muse, DO IT.  The visuals!  The showmanship!  The skills!  If there’s anything rock and roll was meant to be, it’s big.  I have never seen another band do “big” like Muse.

However, be kind to yourself and make a pitcher of coffee beforehand.  It’ll be your best friend come morning, guaranteed.

P.S. Do you want to see a pour-shot fail?  Of course you do.

P.P.S.  Social media!  I’m terrible at things like this, but sometimes I think I should check in with you and remind you to holler at your girl if you aren’t already.  If you are, thank you.  XO!  Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram

Orange and Cardamom Infused Cold-Brewed Coffee

2 oranges  
2 cups (packed) medium-ground coffee 

5 or so cardamom pods, crushed
2 quarts (plus 1 cup, to replace water lost during filtering) filtered water

Zest the oranges, making sure not to include any of the white pith (a microplane is the best way to do this).  Reserve the oranges for another use, like, you know–eating.

Combine coffee grounds, zest, cardamom and water in a large container, stir well, cover and let it rest at room temperature for 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.)

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11 Responses to Orange and Cardamom Infused Cold-Brewed Coffee

  1. Oh,this coffee. Be still my heart. I still need to try the cold press. I have a feeling a pitcher of perfect coffee in my fridge would be quite dangerous for me!

  2. I have mixed emotions about this – on one side, I’m totally enchanted at the idea of oranges and cardamom and french press coffee – it’s like the most romantic parts of Europe and Asia are coming to hang out in a Leonard Cohen song – on the other hand, I’m slightly enraged that I didn’t think if it myself.

    Beautiful idea, good excuse for me to finally buy a press.

    • That is such a perfect description, Morgan! I wish I’d thought of it.

      Aaaaand! You don’t even need a press. You literally mix the grounds, orange, cardamom and water in a big plastic container, cover and let it hang out, then filter using a mesh strainer and paper towels. Done!

  3. I’ve been making “magical cold brew coffee” by infusing with cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar: http://the-cooking-of-joy.blogspot.com/2012/10/magical-cold-brew-coffee.html

    I can’t wait to try this version!

  4. Shut. Up. (I said this out loud when I read your title.)
    Love cardamom & ice coffee & Muse.

  5. This looks delicious! And it would be perfect to switch up my coffee routine in the morning :)

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