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Save money by making your own cold brew coffee. It’s a super easy method and so much easier on the tummy!
Cold Brew Coffee
Making cold brew coffee at home is so much less expensive than buying the boxed brands at the store.
I’ve never been a coffee-drinker, mostly because it tasted so bitter to me without massive amounts of sugar and milk. But, I was at a dinner party a couple of months ago when the topic of conversation turned to coffee. One of the guys at the table mentioned that he makes cold brew coffee because it’s so much less acidic when prepared in that fashion. I was intrigued because I’ve also had the experience when drinking even decaf coffee has caused me some distress due to the acidity (most people experience heartburn, but I would sometimes get an irritated bladder…ugh!).
True to form, I immediately went hunting for research on the topic as soon as I got home. I was also interested in this topic because I keep seeing more cold brew coffee products at the health food store.
So, the first step to making cold brew coffee is to find yourself some good beans. I prefer organic and fair-trade. I do think it’s important to grind your own beans to order, in other words just grind enough for the batch you’re going to make. This will preserve the delicate oils that are exposed upon grinding.
You’re also going to need a French-press coffee maker, or some kind of jar with a filter. I like an 8-cup version and I use about 1 cup of coffee grounds to about 5 1/2 cups of water.
Next, just soak the grounds and water for at least 4 hours, but up to about 12 hours (I tried soaking it longer and the resulting coffee got a little bitter in my opinion, but I’ve seen instructions that say to soak the grounds for up to 24 hours).
The last step is to filter the coffee through the grounds to get your rich, cold brew mixture:
If you like your coffee strong, then you can then just pop it in the microwave and drink it straight. If you aren’t quite sure, you might want to dilute the cold-press coffee with a little water and then heat it up before serving. Another option is to serve the mixture over ice.
Another great option for using cold brew coffee is to make it into butter coffee. This is an especially helpful beverage if you’re doing intermittent fasting or a keto diet.
But, with the colder mornings we’ve been having lately, I’m partial to a hot cuppa’, how about you?
Other beverages that provide a little extra bit of energy can be found in these recipes:
- How to Make Rosemary Coffee
- Homemade Chocolate-Mint Tea
- Fresh Beet Juice
- Daily Energy Smoothie
- How to make butter coffee FAST!
Here’s my printable recipe:Print
Here’s the easiest way to brew your own cold brew coffee.
- 1 cup freshly-ground coffee
- 5 1/2 cups filtered water
- Combine ground coffee and water in a French press.
- Let steep at room temperature for 6-12 hours.
- Filter coffee through the press and either serve hot from the microwave or cold over ice, diluting with extra water as needed.
- Serving Size: 8 ounces
- Calories: 0