How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Coffee is usually consumed every three hours here in the Munster house. Yet with the weather getting hotter than desired, the switch from hot to iced begins a lot earlier in the day. That doesn’t mean that our handy-dandy French press is no longer needed. That perfect piece of counter top art that makes the best cup of morning joe can also become your best friend when making a good cup of cold brew.

The process for making a delicious cup of cold brew in a French press is almost the same as making hot coffee, only it just takes about 12,000 times longer (needs to brew for 12 hours!) We will be using room temperature water instead of the boiling hot water and a lot higher ratio of coffee to water, 7 to 1 to be exact. Bonus for using the French press method: according to America’s Test Kitchen’s taste test of cold-brew systems, the French press created the best-tasting cold brew! I knew this was a sound investment!

Let’s begin:

  • Grind 2/3 cup of coffee beans and place in a large (8-cup) French press.
  • Add 3 cups of room-temperature water.
  • Stir the grinds into the water.
  • Place the French press plunger on top and store in the fridge for 12 hours.
  • Carefully press down on the plunger to push all the grounds to the bottom.
  • And there you have it-cold brew is yours!

If you would like a truly clean cup of cold brew, pour the coffee over a filter or cheesecloth so that any remaining grounds that are still lingering in the mesh part of the plunger won’t end up in your cup. Now let’s poor a cup, or 3 or 8!



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