Smooth and Delicious

Say hello to summer with DIY cold-brew coffee!

By: Mandy Ashcraft
Photo by: Dustin Ashcraft

If you’re wondering what cold-brew coffee is, it’s exactly what it sounds like. No heat is used in the preparation, no fancy equipment is required and you end up with smooth and delicious coffee that’s perfectly poured over ice. Say hello to summer with this simple DIY! Bonus: It’s 67 percent less acidic, so if you’re looking for a coffee that’s easier on the stomach, you’ll find that relief in cold-brew. Another bonus? It keeps well in the fridge for up to 10 days (if you don’t drink it first!) without tasting like “old coffee.” Just be aware that it will be more caffeinated than coffee brewed using heat. Recipe makes about 4 to 6 servings.

1 1/2 cups ground coffee, medium or coarse grind
4 cups filtered water, room temperature
1 large glass jar or container with a lid
1 cheesecloth, mesh strainer with a coffee filter or very clean kitchen towel

1/ Add water and coffee grounds to jar and close lid tightly. Shake to combine and distribute.

2/ Allow jar to sit at room temperature for 10 to 12 hours (up to 18 hours). Remember: The flavor will get stronger the longer you leave it.

3/ Strain the coffee grounds out using cheesecloth, a coffee filter in a mesh strainer, a piece of fabric or a very clean towel.

4/ Store the cold-brew coffee in the fridge for up to 10 days with a lid. It’s best if stored in a glass container, like a juice jar that has a lid. If you find the taste is too strong for you, simply dilute with filtered water.

5/ To serve: Pour over ice, add your choice of milk or sweetener or even add ice cubes made out of extra cold-brew. Enjoy!

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