It is that time of year again when coffee shops start selling over-priced cold brewed coffee. Paying $4 or $5 for a cup of cold brewed coffee is ridiculous once you know how easy it is to make your own. Cold brewing a coffee concentrate is not rocket science.
- Place ground coffee in contact with cold water for several hours.
- Filter out the coffee.
- At this point you can add more water, milk or even Baileys Irish Cream.
The only question is how do you want to filter the coffee? You could use the classic Toddy, the Primula or you could build your own on the cheap. In this tutorial, we are going to use the Reusable Cold Brew Coffee Filter Pouch by Madesco and a glass jar. No plugs or drilling or special filters. This is about as easy as coffee brewing can get.
Reusable Cold Brew Coffee Filter Pouches
1 quart glass jar. You can go larger, just add more coffee.
1 cup of coffee beans. Be sure to grind them before adding to the pouch.
#1 Grind Coffee and Add to Pouch
Add one cup of ground coffee into the cold brew pouch. Some brewing recipes say to use coarse ground and others say to use medium ground. Both work. Madesco advises a medium grind in the instructions, so I used medium. Cold brew is super forgiving.
Add ground coffee to cold brew pouch.
#2 Place Pouch Inside Jar and Add Water
Place the bottom of the cold brew pouch into the bottom of the glass jar. Don’t close the pouch drawstring yet. Slowly add cold water. Add enough water to fill the jar. Don’t pour the water in quickly or the coffee might float up and out of the pouch.
#3 Close the Pouch and Seal the Lid
Pull the drawstring. Push the pouch down into the jar and then close the jar. I kept the drawstring outside the jar to keep it dry, but you don’t have to.
The lid is closed and the drawstring is outside the jar. If you keep the drawstring outside the jar, put a plate or saucer under the jar, because little drops of coffee will escape down the string onto wherever you placed your jar.
#4 Let Coffee Steep for 12 or More Hours
You can “cold brew” in the refrigerator or sit it on the counter overnight. I use the counter. How long you steep the coffee is up to you. Most cold brew recipes use a 12-24 hour range. The longer you steep the more concentrated the brew will become. So it all comes down to personal preference. My brews with the coffee pouch all fell into the 12-16 hour range.
#5 Remove Pouch and Place Coffee Concentrate into Refrigerator
Take the pouch out slowly letting all the coffee drain into the jar. Seal the jar and place it into the refrigerator. The concentrate is finished.
#6 Quick Clean Up
Empty the grounds inside the pouch into a compost container or your garden. Turn the filter inside out and rinse the pouch. Then hang it up somewhere to dry, so it is ready for the next brew.
#7 Serve the Coffee Concentrate
This is where the cold brew gets fun. You can decide how strong you like it based off your own personal tastes. I experimented with adding 2/3 of a mug filled with concentrate and 1/3 water. You can drink it cold or heat it up on a stove or microwave. You can also use cold brew concentrate for blended iced coffee drinks and coffee martinis.
Cold brew really is this simple. Don’t waste your money buying those expensive bottles at the grocery store. Cold brew coffee is not rocket science.
Reusable Cold Brew Coffee Filter Pouches (2-pack) – Amazon USA
Cold Brew – Wikipedia page.
Disclosure: INeedCoffee received a Cold Brew Coffee Filter Pouch from Madesco to complete this tutorial.
In 2007, Michael moved to America's coffee capitol Seattle, Washington. He has visited close to three hundred different coffee places in Seattle, Portland,Vancouver and San Francisco and met many of the top roasters and baristas in the country. Since 2009, Michael has been the Organizer of the Coffee Club of Seattle, which is a Meetup group of over 800 coffee enthusiasts. Besides the social aspect of the group, the Coffee Club of Seattle partners with local coffee professionals for educational events such as coffee cuppings, brewing demonstrations and roasting tours.
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