In The Kitchen

Cold Brew: The Secret to the Best Iced Coffee

The secret to making incredible iced coffee is to start with cold brew!  Usually, to make iced coffee one just waits for their hot coffee to cool down and pours it over some ice and calls it good.  You need to know that it can be much, much better! Although the process for making cold brew is not speedy, it is definitely worth the wait.

What is cold brewing?

Cold brewing is the process of brewing coffee with room temperature or chilled water.  The coffee grounds are soaked in the cool water for an extended amount of time–about 12 hours at least.

Why should I cold brew? 

When you cold brew your coffee, it will be less acidic and a bit sweeter in flavor.  This makes for the perfect iced coffee.  Also, with cold brewing, the coffee becomes more concentrated and you can then cut it with water, making it last awhile.

How to make cold brewWe found the best instructions from (Lisa Lavery)!

  • Place the coffee grounds in a 2-quart pitcher, add the water, and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let steep at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.
  • Line a fine-mesh strainer with a standard coffee filter and fit it over a medium bowl. Working in batches, slowly pour the coffee into the filter until all of the liquid has passed through the strainer (the coffee will pass through in a slow stream; don’t force it through); stop when you reach the solids at the bottom of the pitcher (don’t pour them in). Discard the grounds and the contents of the strainer.
  • Wash and dry the pitcher. Transfer the strained coffee into the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.

An alternative method is to use a French press if you have one.  Pour cold water over the grounds and place the press lid back on, do not press down until grounds have steeped for 12 or more hours.

How to serve

Now that you have made cold brew, you can serve yourself, family or friends the ultimate iced coffee.

  • For every cup of cold brew, balance the flavor with an equal part of milk (soy, coconut, almond, dairy), cream, or plain water and pour over ice! Enjoy!

If you don’t have time to make cold brew, but want to taste it, visit us in the New School of Cooking Cafe where you can try our Stumptown Cold Brew Nitro on tap!




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