To make cold brew coffee at home, you will need the following ingredients and equipment:
- coarsely ground coffee beans (use a medium to dark roast for best results)
- cold water
- a large jar or pitcher
- a fine-mesh strainer or coffee filter
- a wooden spoon or rubber spatula
To make the cold brew coffee, follow these steps:
- Combine the coffee and water: In a large jar or pitcher, combine 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee beans with 4 cups of cold water. Stir gently to make sure the coffee is evenly saturated with water.
- Cover the jar and let it steep: Cover the jar with a lid or a piece of plastic wrap and let it steep in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours, or up to 24 hours.
- Strain the coffee: After the steeping period is complete, strain the coffee through a fine-mesh strainer or a coffee filter to remove the grounds. You may need to strain the coffee a few times to remove all of the grounds.
- Serve the cold brew: Serve the cold brew coffee over ice, or dilute it with cold water to your desired strength. You can also add milk, cream, sugar, or other sweeteners to taste.
Note: The coffee to water ratio for cold brew coffee is generally higher than for hot coffee, as the cold water extracts the flavors more slowly. You can adjust the ratio to your taste, using more or less coffee and water as desired.