Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Easy Method for Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Cold Brew Coffee is the new hot (cold?) thing these days - it's quite hip to drink the cold brew!  But I don't drink it because it's trendy, I drink it because I love my coffee cold anyway, and the cold brew method reduces the acid significantly and makes for a smoother, less bitter taste.  But it's also crazy expensive in coffee shops and stores, and as someone who cannot bring themselves to drop $4 for a cup of fancy coffee (especially when you can get a meal replacement as fabulous as Shakeology for that price tag), I had to investigate at-home methods.



Turns out, it is super easy to make!  It does involve more time to brew, but all you have to do is let it sit in the fridge, so you just have to make it in advance.  And as someone who only has a single-brew K-cup machine in the house, it's also a great solution for making a pitcher of coffee without having to go a cup at a time.  So for me, it's actually less work.

To get started, all you need is ground coffee and a French press coffeemaker, which you can find for a great price at stores like HomeGoods, but they are widely available and affordable.  

Next, all you have to do is add coffee and water to the carafe, let it hang out overnight (12 hours is recommended), and then in the morning just press the grounds down and voila - perfect cold brew coffee!  

Check out my video for a quick demonstration of the process - 



That's all there is to it - simple and much more affordable than buying it premade!  You can get particular about the beans and grind and all that if you're a coffee connoisseur, but I use just regular old pre-ground Dunkin Donuts coffee and it produces great results.  Cold brew is my liquid of choice for Shakeology, as it gets my morning coffee and breakfast all in one convenient cup that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.  Can't beat that!

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