Learn how to make cold brew coffee at home. This recipe creates a cold brew coffee concentrate which can be diluted with either almond milk or water. You can also heat your cold brew coffee blend if you wish. This recipe makes enough cold brew coffee concentrate to make about 4-5 cups of coffee. The concentrate will last several days covered in the fridge with no degradation in flavour.
Mix the ground coffee and water: In a large french press, or 1 quart mason jar with a lid, place the coarsely ground coffee and filtered water. Stir to ensure all the grounds are fully immersed and saturated with water. Cover and place in the fridge to steep for 12 -14 hours.
Filter the coffee: if using a french press, simply use the plunger filter. Alternatively, filter the steeped grounds through a fine mesh sieve, several layers of cheesecloth, or a double lined paper coffee filter (my preferred method). If your filtered brew is cloudy, filter once more (see notes below).
Make the blend: to your favourite mug or glass, add 1/2 cup of cold brewed coffee concentrate and sweetener of choice. Mix until the sweetener is dissolved. Add ice and pour in 1/2 cup of chilled almond milk or water.
Don't brew longer than 14 hours as this may create a bitter taste. If your brew is cloudy after a second filtration, it may be that your coffee grounds are too fine- again use a coarser grind. Cold brewed coffee will last several days covered in the fridge with no degradation in flavour. However, you will need to remove the grinds in advance if you plan to keep it longer than a day. Simply pour it into a storage vessel with a lid and keep refrigerated.