How To: Cold-Brew Perfectly Refreshing Iced Coffee at Home

Cold-Brew Perfectly Refreshing Iced Coffee at Home

Iced coffee may not be as simple as brewing hot coffee and sticking it in the fridge until it cools down, but it's still very simple to make if you plan ahead.

Simply mix together 1 part ground coffee (coarsely ground, full-bodied dark roasts work best) with 4.5 parts filtered water at room temperature in a large pitcher or container. Cover the opening in plastic wrap and allow for the mixture to cold-brew for about 12 hours in the refrigerator.

Once the mixture is done brewing, strain the liquid through a sieve lined with coffee filters, a cheesecloth, or a French press, which will then become your iced coffee concentrate. Dilute your iced coffee concentrate with three parts filtered water (or whatever ratio you prefer) and you're ready to drink up!

If you like ice cubes in your iced coffee, but don't like how the melted ice dilutes the flavor, make your own using coffee instead in an ice tray ahead of time.

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I make a large amount of cold brewed coffee in a pretty simple way. I have a couple of very cheap pieces of equipment. I use a refrigerator water container with a pour valve, a coffee urn (think church basement suppers) that I bought at Goodwill for $2 and a permanent basket coffee filter (also about $2).

Mix the coffee and water in the fridge water container. Shake a bit to stir, let steep for as long as you like such things. Now comes the genius part (I think!).

Take the coffee urn (no plug necessary!) with its plastic filter at the top and set it in the sink. Put the water container with the coffee above the urn (I put mine on a plastic box) open the valve and the coffee and water mixture will flow through the plastic filter in the urn. Most of the coffee grounds will be filtered out. Sweet.

Wash out the fridge water container. You can put the urn filter in the sink and run the rinse water through there to catch the rest of the coffee grounds. When the water container is clean put it in the sink with coffee urn above. Grab a funnel and the basket coffee filter and open the valve on the urn and let it run into the water container through the funnel and filter.

Voila! The water container is now full of nicely filtered cold brewed coffee. Put it in the fridge and dispense some anytime through the nice valve! Dump the coffee grounds, rinse the urn and filters and you're done!

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