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Cold Brew Coffee

It seems like it got really hot really quick in Colorado this year. The ritual of making hot coffee every morning is great, but sometimes I just want a cold drink in the morning. So here is how I’ve been making cold brew coffee the last few weeks. The important pieces are the grind (very coarse) and the water to coffee ratio (4 cups water per 1 cup coffee.)

Here are the steps I follow:

  1. Grind 1 cup of beans as coarse as possible

1 cup of beans

Grind coarse

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2. Put the grinds into a coffee filter. Since we have a ton of cone style #4 filters laying around, I use 2 of them to make a filter ball of coffee.

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3. Put the coffee filter into a Nut Milk Bag and then put that into a container of some sort. I happened to have a 64oz Mason Jar sitting around that was a growler full of beer in a past life.

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4. Pour 4 cups of water per 1 cup of coffee over the overly filtered beans.

4 cups of water per 1 cup of coffee

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5. Place the jar in the fridge and let it brew for 12-14 hours.

12-14 hours later

12-14 hours later

6. After 12-14ish hours, pull the bag out. I squeeze the last bits of liquid out of the filter ball and then throw the beans/paper filter in the compost. Then wash the nut milk bag to use again.

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7. This brew is super concentrated so mix with a lot of ice. Or use it to make any other fancy morning coffee drink with cream etc.

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So to recap:

1 cup of very coarse ground coffee beans

4 cups of cold water per 1 cup of beans

Let it sit in the fridge for 12-14 hours

That’s it!

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