Everyone knows that Louisiana in the summer months is oppressively hot. The last thing you want to do when it’s that hot outside is to settle in with a nice, warm cup of coffee in the morning. But what to do? We all need our caffeine fix in the morning – how else are we supposed to wake up like a civilized human being?
Cold brew coffee to the rescue! I’ve enjoyed iced coffee for a while, but I’ve recently starting making my own at home. Cold brew concentrate is the key to great tasting iced coffee. While you can buy cold brew concentrate in grocery stores, I find that making my own is quick + easy.
Today, I’m going to show you the steps to make your own cold brew concentrate so you can enjoy affordable, iced coffee during the summer months.
I make my cold brew in quart sized mason jars using a nut milk bag as my “coffee filter”.
- Line your mason jar with the nut milk bag (I found mine at my local culinary specialty shop, but you can find them on Amazon)
- Measure out 1 cup of coffee grounds and add them to the nut milk bag
- Fill the jar to the top with water
- Attach a lid to the quart jar (I usually screw in the lid on top of the excess milk bag overhanging the lip of the jar)
- The coffee will need to brew for 12-24 hours at room temperature.
- After brewing, strain the coffee grounds from the water and store the concentrate in the fridge.
TIP: I compost my used coffee grounds.
To make your morning iced cup o’ joe, simply:
- Fill your glass 1/2 full with ice
- Pour the coffee concentrate to the top of the ice cubes (about 1/2 way full)
- Top off with your choice of milk (regular dairy or any type of non dairy milk supplement)
- Add any flavoring + sweetener (A dash of vanilla extract or whatever suits your fancy)
- Mix + enjoy!