I’ve had a love affair with my Keurig for years. Everyone morning it was ready for me to pop in a pod and brew me my morning coffee. Cold brewing was born out of necessity. I started the Ideal Protein diet back in December (I know who starts a diet before the holidays?!) and would add my vanilla protein shake to my hot coffee. It wasn’t the best but I was on a diet so I figured punishing myself was the only way. My Ideal Protein coach made an off-hand comment about cold brewing her coffee and off I went to research how to do it and to try it out. The taste of my morning coffee protein shake was night and day. Cold brewing made the coffee sweet and not bitter. , And the fact that the coffee was cold just made sense when I added my cold protein shake.
Cold brewing is easy . The only thing difficult is that you need patience. Cold brewing requires you leave it in the refrigerator anywhere from 12 to 24 hours.
Gather your supplies: glass container, coarsely ground coffee, cheesecloth, filtered water, and coffee storage container (like a carafe or mason jar).
You’ll want 3 cups of water for every 1 cup of coffee grounds. Add your coffee grounds and water to a large glass container. Stir with a wooden spoon, cover (I used Cling Wrap), and stick it in the refrigerator and forget about it.
Wait at least 12 hours to strain the coffee. I have a tall carafe I got from Target years ago that I’m using to store my coffee. The down side of this carafe is that it doesn’t have a spout which means the coffee runs down the sides of the carafe and creates a mess. I’m replacing the one pictured with a spouted glass carafe. Place the cheesecloth over your coffee container and slowly pour the coffee concentrate into the container. *Update: I tried something new and left the concentrate sitting on the counter for 24 hours before placing it in the refrigerator for another 24 hours. Although I had to be very patient and plan ahead I like this method the best. The reason is that after 48 hours the coffee grounds settled to the bottom of the container and made the straining much faster and easier.
Doesn’t that look gorgeous?!
You’ll slowly pour the coffee concentrate into your container. See how the grounds stay contained within the cheesecloth?
Every morning I start my day with cold brew coffee and my vanilla protein shake. I pour about 4-6 ounces of the coffee concentrate into my coffee cup (or mason jar) and then add my shake.
Aren’t the mason jars adorable? I found them on a random trip to Tuesday Morning for $3 each.
The foam I squeeze out of the protein shake container makes it seem decadent. It’s a quick and easy way to start your day. I’ve got to be honest and say that I can’t wait until I am off this diet so I can try it with cream and sugar.
Have you tried cold brewed coffee? Do you prefer your morning cup of Joe cold or hot?
- Coffee, coarsely ground
- Start with a 3:1 ratio of water to coffee grounds. (I double the recipe because I like my coffee strong and a 6:1 will last me the week)
- Pour your grounds and water into a large glass container.
- Stir with a non-metal spoon.
- Cover and let steep for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
- Using a cheese cloth (or a fine mesh sieve) to separate the grounds from the coffee concentrate.
- Store your coffee in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Update: I tried something new and left the concentrate sitting on the counter for 24 hours before placing it in the refrigerator for another 24 hours. Although I had to be very patient and plan ahead I like this method the best. The reason is that after 48 hours the coffee grounds settled to the bottom of the container and made the straining much faster and easier.
Inspired by Wellnesting’s Ultimate Guide to Cold Brew Coffee
Disclaimer: Please note I use Amazon affiliate links throughout my posts. I hope the content I provide is worthy of a click.