Cold-Brew Coffee

Josh and I are coffee junkies… but not in the way that we go to Starbucks every day. We don’t have enough money for that! So we usually make our coffee at home. We have a drip coffeemaker, an Aeropress, a French press, a Keurig (currently in storage), Korean instant coffee, and two Vietnamese coffee makers (these take time but probably the best way I’ve ever had my coffee). At least if the power ever goes out, as long as we have a way to heat water, we will have a way to make coffee!

We do like to go out sometimes for coffee on special occasions. At the beginning of September, we went to Extraordinary Desserts over by Balboa Park as part of a date. The dessert was excellent, but we really loved the coffee. I loved mine a little too much I think because I had two cups and I was up until 2 AM that night.

I first heard about cold-brew coffee from my brother. He talked about how the taste was different from regular brewed coffee, but I never really looked into it until cold-brew coffee ended up in my Ibotta app. I was curious about it and it was a $1.00 off rebate so I thought I’d give it a try. It ended up being really good! It was a little too expensive though for me to keep buying, so I forgot about cold-brew coffee until I saw a recipe in The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook Food From My Frontier. It looked so easy! I had to try it!

Sprouts Organic French Roast coffee. It was on sale and since this is an experiment, I didn't want to go with our more expensive Jim Horton's coffee. Who am I kidding? I didn't feel like grinding our whole bean Horton's coffee. lol
Sprouts Organic French Roast coffee. It was on sale and since this is an experiment, I didn’t want to go with our more expensive Tim Hortons coffee. Who am I kidding? I didn’t feel like grinding our whole bean coffee. lol

8 quarts of coffee concentrate in our fridge will literally take up half a shelf. So I cut it down to 2 quarts. I made my oldest son Corran help me with the fractions since he is learning about fractions right now in math.

4 ounces of coffee. It smelled so good!
About 4 ounces of coffee. It smelled so good! I am so glad I got this kitchen scale. It has become an invaluable tool in the kitchen.
Into a mixing bowl.
Into a mixing bowl.
After pouring in two quarts of water
After pouring in two quarts of water
After making sure all the grounds were wet
After making sure all the grounds were wet
After some thought, I decided to wash a glass mixing bowl and use that instead to keep the concentrate in. So the whole concoction got poured into that and covered with plastic wrap.
After some thought, I decided to wash a glass mixing bowl and use that instead to keep the concentrate in. So the whole concoction got poured into that and covered with plastic wrap.

Now, it just sits on the table for 12-24 hours. I think I’ll wait 24 hours so we get the fullest flavor. Then, it can go into the fridge for us to use in iced coffee!

To see what to do with the coffee concentrate after 24 hours, please visit The Pioneer Woman’s blog for the rest of the instructions!

Perfect Iced Coffee by The Pioneer Woman

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2 thoughts on “Cold-Brew Coffee

  1. Is it obvious that it needs to be strained after sitting for 24 hours? I read the original recipe you posted! I don’t have cheesecloth, but I do have gold coffee filters and paper filters. What will you use?

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    1. I think if I didn’t have cheesecloth I would use a fine mesh strainer lined with paper towels to strain it. That’s what I realized after I read my post then went to the pioneer woman’s recipe. You do have to drain the concentrate through some kind of filter.

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