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Always loved cold brew since I first bought one at the mall. Now I can prepare it myself, conveniently ready anytime at home.
Hi… I have a question can I leave it steeping for 24 hour rather than 12 hours
Hi, Amelia! A longer steep certainly works and there aren’t any concerns from a food safety perspective, but I’d be careful of steeping for longer than 15 hours since over-steeping can result in more bitter flavors in your coffee. This said, if you don’t really mind those flavors, or if you usually drink your coffee with milk or creamer, then you can definitely give it a try! You might also try grinding your coffee a little more coarsely, which slows down extraction. Good luck!
I used this to make a caremal frappuccino it was delicious ❤️
Why not simply use brown paper electric maker filters ?
Good question! Quoting from Emma, the author, right here: “Sure, you can use paper coffee filters! I find that straining with filters goes really slowly, though, so plan for some extra time for that.”
And FYI if you use cheesecloth or flour sack towels, you can rinse them out and re-use them many, many times.
I use the Walmart brand cold brew pouches 6 for 4.98. Put 2 pouches in 16 oz room temperature water , but i put it in the refrigerator to actually brew for 12 hours. Then I remove the pouches and microwave 2 cups of water, add the pouches to the hot water for a few minutes and that makes some additional regular iced coffee. I prefer cold brew coffee strong, but heavily diluted with almond milk, rather than adding more water at the end.
I’ve been looking for a cold brew recipe since forever without success…This is THE one. Perfect coffee to water ratio.I used Malongo’s ground coffee and Volvic water.
that’s great. I know if we made cold brew coffee at home instead of going to the coffee store we will save a lot of time and money,
You call for a cup of coffee (4 oz.). A cup is 8oz. Are you weighing the coffee or using a measuring cup.
FWIW – It takes 14 scoops to fill a 8 oz cup to make 32 oz of coffee = about 3+ mugs. My Keurig makes a mug with 2 scoops, thus 3 mugs is 6 scoops. So if you meant an 8 oz cup then it seems very expensive. If you mean a 4oz 1/2 cup then it is competitive in price per cup.
Hi, George! Your points verify the weaknesses of terms used in imperial measurements versus metric. Sigh! One day maybe we Americans will convert. Until then…
What this recipe means is one cup of whole coffee beans weights 4 ounces. A cup of liquid, as a volume measurement, is 8 FLUID ounces.
Another tangle (as far as your Keurig) is that, in the nomenclature of electric coffee makers, one “cup” (meaning serving) of coffee is 4 fluid ounces. Even if one fluid cup in terms of imperial measurement is 8 fluid ounces.
Have we confused you yet? To clarify: Our recipes calls for one cup, by dry volume, of whole, unground coffee beans. If you prefer to use a scale, those whole beans should weigh about 4 ounces. Thanks for sticking with us, and happy cold brewing! Also remember, you can always dilute your cold brew with a little water to taste when you heat it, as Emma does. That’s what is so great about this method. It’s highly customizable so you can make it just as you like it. And we already know you’re into getting things specifically right, George (which we dig), so perfecting cold brew may just be right up your alley.
Thanks. Will check my measurements and try again. My mug is a 12 oz container and I use 2 scoops via a Keurig. I will measure a cup of whole beans unground, grind them and see how much coffee dust fills the cup. I’m not that obsessive, I just want to work out the cost of doing this. So far it isn’t in favor of the cold method. Will let you know. I used some Starbucks beans, dark roast. Flavor is good but caffeine seemed low. I have some friends who swear by this method so I thought I would give it a try.
I have a question though. I searched through the comments and I didn’t see an answer. I apologize if this has already been addressed & I missed it.I don’t understand why not to use fine ground coffee when using a regular paper filter. I understand the concept of using a coarsely ground coffee if your filter has larger holes than a paper filter. Would you mind explaining this a bit further for me?Thank you kindly!
Hi, Mar — Glad you like the recipe. To answer your question beans that are ground to a sandy powder, like for drip coffee, can result in an over-infused coffee and make the strained coffee gritty and muddy. Hope that helps!
Hi! I had the same question as Mar. In this response you just repeat exactly what the article says: it will be “over -infused coffee and make the strained coffee gritty and muddy,” which doesn’t really explain any further. How would the coffee be “gritty and muddy” if you use a paper filter as Mar is suggesting? I would still greatly appreciate more information on this. Does “over-infused” mean more concentrated? More bitter? Could this be remedied by a shorter seep time?
Thank you so much!
Hi, just trying to help,
Imagine you diluting same amount of rock sugar and granulated sugar. You will diluted faster than the rock sugar. Because igranulated sugar has much more surface area to react to the water. Grind coarseness is about creating more surface area for the coffee bean to touch the water. The finer it is, the more surface area it will have. With more surface area, you will only need a short time for the coffee to be extracted. Since cold brew is a technique of soaking the bean in the water for a long time, you want it to be extracted slowly. For that, you need a cold water for a slower reaction and a coarser ground so lesser beans surface area will be extracted.
Pardon my english hope this helps…
That’s super interesting and helpful, thank you!
Hi there! Sorry to probably ask a VERY stupid question, but as a lazy person that does not have a coffee bean grinder, is it OK to just use this recipe with already ground coffee or will that be too fine? Also, if I decided to take the necessary steps to grind my beans, do they have to be roasted?
Hi Karena! You can buy coffee in the supermarket and grind it coarsely yourself–that should work just fine (Emma describes this in the post). If you buy pre-ground coffee at the grocery store, it will likely be too fine of a grind. Coffee beans when you buy them are already roasted, so there’s no need to worry about that step. Thanks for your question! Enjoy!
Great instructions. I use a double mesh strainer – it let’s a tiny bit of grounds through but much easier to clean.
Try a french press for less mess.
same process, and you serve from the same container.
I am so happy! Easy instructions, great tasting coffee, time saver. Thank you! #makecoffeegreatagain
Use G-Presso. You can make coldbrew coffee within 4-minutes
Recipe is confusing.. one cup is 8 oz and you list scant cup 4oz. Is it 4oz or 1 cup (8oz)
Hi Maureen! Hope this clarifies! A liquid cup of water measures 8 ounces. A cup of coffee beans weighs 4 ounces.
But the recipe is 4 parts water to 1 part coffee, if measured by volume?
The VOLUME of water is 8 fluid ounces. The WEIGHT of the coffee is 4 ounces. You have to weigh the coffee beans. Only water can safely be assumed to have a volume of 8 fluid ounces and also weigh 8 ounces. This is one of the downsides of not using the more description measurements of our European friends that would list the water as 237 milliliters and the coffee beans as 113 grams.
If that’s confusing, go here for more: https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-ounces-and-fluid-ounces-224303
1 cup = 8 fluid ounces… An ounce is a weight unit and a fluid-ounce is volume unit. What she is saying is 1 cup of beans weighs 4 ounces.
Thanks. Best recipe I found and easiest to do.
Ok, so you say you are using a 2 QUART (64oz) canning jar. The recipe calls for only 32 ozs of water, yet the picture shows a full jar. Is it doubled and u should use 2 cups of coffee for a 64 oz jar? I had only done with one cup but filled up the jar not thinking… I ended up adding another cup to the brew, so let’s hope so…
Hi J! You have an eagle eye! The bottle you see in the headnote of the recipe is just for storage purposes, but the jar in the photos in the method steps, above, is not completely full. It’s hard to tell from the angle. Regardless, doubling the recipe is totally fine! How did it turn out?
Came out great. Thanks.
But beware how long you keep the brewed coffee: it grows mold.I used medium grind, medium roast. Very smooth, no bitterness at all. I used a French press & the filtered a second time throughv2 cheap coffee filters.
I LOVE the idea of coffee ice cubes in the iced coffee! Brilliant!
I love coffee. This is liberating.