Why do a cold brew? It just tastes amazing on a sweltering hot day. But heads up: Cold brewing takes time, at least overnight, for it to turn out great. The longer the coffee’s brewing time, the stronger its flavor.
What you need:
- The Dream Coffee (whole beans)
- Measuring cup
- Coffee grinder
- Measuring glass or pitcher
- Plastic wrap
- Filter or cheesecloth
- Serving glass or bottle
- Rubber band
- Ice (optional)
- Milk (optional)
What's the difference between a cold brew and iced coffee? Iced coffee is just hot coffee cooled with ice. And because hot water extracts flavor rapidly, black iced coffee tends to taste bitter. Cold-brewed coffee allows for a slower and gentler infusion—that's why it has a sweeter flavor profile. Adding ice to cold-brewed coffee also doesn’t dilute its flavor and body.
Step 1: Measure desired amount of coffee. (Suggested ratio: 3/4 cup coffee beans for every 4 cups water)
Step 2: Grind coffee using a coarse setting.
Step 3: Spoon coffee into measuring glass or pitcher. Pour in water.
Step 4: Stir mixture thoroughly. Cover with plastic wrap.
Step 5: Let steep overnight, preferably for 18 to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
Step 6: After steeping overnight, remove coffee mixture from the refrigerator. Place filter or cheesecloth over your serving glass or bottle, securing it with a rubber band. Start straining into serving glass.
Step 7: Discard and rubber brand. Add ice and milk, if desired. Enjoy the dream in your cup!