If you’ve known me for even a short period of time, you know that I do not drink coffee. In fact, I never have been a coffee drinker.
So it may come as a surprise to find out that I have been seen sipping cold brewed coffee often on a daily basis. Honestly, I am not even sure why I first decided to make my first jar. All I know is that my sister sent me the recipe and it sounded so simple and delicious I could not resist.
I have read that cold brewed coffee has a small amount of caffeine compared to hot brewed coffee. I don’t know if that is true, but it doesn’t seem to keep me awake or cause any jitters. I am not going to try to convince you that it contains antioxidants to improve your health, or that it is beneficial for you. Who knows if it is or not? It’s just so delicious that I wanted to share this treat with you.
Here’s the recipe:
You will need:
- very large glass jar; one that will hold 10 cups of water
- a coffee pot with paper filters
- 2 cups fresh medium grind organic coffee works best but any grind is okay. I suppose you could try decaf. I just went for the caffeine!
- 8 or 9 cups of filtered water (depending on the strength you are wanting).
Measure the coffee into your jar and then add the water. Stir with a wooden spoon. Put a lid on your jar and let sit for at least 12 hours away from direct sun or hot temperatures.
After the soaking I strain mine through a paper coffee filter with my coffee pot, not plugged in but just let it drip through the filter. Change the filter a few times because it clogs easily. You could also use a very teeny-tiny strainer. The idea is not to have any coffee grinds left in your brew.
Pour the coffee into a clean jar and refrigerate. When you are ready for a glass, simply add ice to a tall glass, pour about ¼ – ½ cup of cold brewed coffee onto the ice and then fill the rest of the cup up with organic almond milk or any nondairy milk of your choice.
I’d love to know if you try it!
So off you go to make some cold brew!