DIY Coldbrew Coffee That’s Better Than Starbucks

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Make your own Venti without all the barista hassle.

I. Love. Cold. Brew. Coffee. Especially now that the weather is warming up, a steaming hot cup of coffee just doesn't seem as appetizing.

I hate coffee shops. The long lines, the pretentious coffee consumers. The pressure to order quickly and with confidence...I can't handle that pre-caffeine.

If you're like me, fear not! You can avoid all of that coffee house BS and make delicious, bold, satisfying cold brew at home. All you need is a French press, fresh coffee grounds, and a little bit of pre-planning.

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Equipment You'll Need

  • 8-cup French press
  • Good coffee beans* (medium to dark roast is best, but always feel free to use your fave)
  • Good grinder, preferably, a burr grinder*
  • Optional: kitchen scale

*If you'd prefer, you can by fresh grounds and save a step.

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Measure and Grind Your Coffee

If you're grinding your own beans, set the grinder to medium-coarse grounds (medium for stronger flavor, more coarse for a milder flavor). The ideal ratio for cold brew perfection is 7:1 water to coffee. You can go about this two ways:

  1. Grind 2/3 cup of coffee beans + 3 cups of room-temperature water.
  2. Measure 140 grams of whole coffee beans and grind. You'll be using 1 L of room temperature of water.
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Stir and...Wait

Add the grounds and water into the French press and stir until well combined. Cover with the plunger top of the French press and place in the fridge for 12 hours. I know..I know, that's a long time to wait. But I did say that a little pre-planning was involved.

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Press It....Slowly.

Once you're ready to enjoy the fruits of your patience, it's time to plunge. But do it SLOWLY! Aim for a full 30 seconds pressing top to bottom. If you do it too quickly, you'll agitate the sensitive coffee grounds and end up with some unpleasant flavors in your brew.

For the best outcome, pour your freshly pressed coffee through a paper filter into another vessel (maybe a jar, or directly into your cup) to filter out any of the finer grounds that may have escaped the French press filter.

Dress your coffee the way you like and enjoy!

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