With all the Cold Brew coffee on grocery store shelves and in coffee shops, I can never find any decaf cold brew. I also wanted something without syrups in it. So after combining tips from several youtube videos, here’s an easy way to get smooth, delicious cold brew at home without any fancy equipment. This quick method makes a smooth concentrate that you can dilute with water, ice or any plant milk. I like coconut creamer in mine, and about 1/2 teaspoon of agave syrup. This will last about a month in the fridge. More photos below.
EASY COLD BREW COFFEE IN A MASON JAR
Makes about a quart
3/4 Cup freshly-ground coffee beans
For cold brew, we want a medium grind. I have the simplest little old $20 Krups coffee grinder that I also use for spices. Place the beans in the Krups and pulse 12 times for a basic medium grind, waiting about one second between each pulse. This might look a little bit coarser than you’re used to, but don’t worry about it.
Place grinds in jar and add filtered water, filling it almost to the top, stopping when the water is about 1 inch below the jar threads. Place lid firmly on jar and tilt/invert jar gently a couple of times to mix the grinds with water. Place jar in fridge for at least 16 hours, up to 24 hours.
Now strain the brew a couple of times. The first time, strain through a sieve to get out the large particles. When straining, tip the jar gently and slowly so as to leave most of the saturated grinds sludge on the bottom of the jar. The second straining can be done through a paper coffee filter, changing the filter once or twice when the dripping slows way down, but be warned this is a bit time consuming. Cheesecloth might be faster but you also might wind up with some tiny fibers in the coffee, not sure. What I do is filter it through a nylon nut-milk bag and it’s done in 15 seconds. There are many nut milk bags to choose from on amazon.com.
Notes: I prefer freshly-ground organic coffee for smoothest flavor.
This Medium grind was achieved by PULSING a simple Krups coffee grinder 12 times.
After chilling in fridge for 16 hours, there’s a thick “sludge” at the bottom.” You will carefully strain the cold brew, while trying not to disturb this sludge. This is about how full the jar should be.
Second strain. If you don’t have a nut milk bag, or cheesecloth, dampen a paper coffee filter and use that. It will be slow, and you will have to change the filter once or twice. Do other things while it’s dripping. Unbleached coffee filters are best.