Monday, June 27, 2016

How-To: Cold Brew + Iced Coffee

I left my 8:00-5:00 job four years ago to open my boutique.  When I was still working that job, I found it hard to make time for coffee and breakfast before heading to work.  Truth be told, I had a drawer of snacks at work to eat breakfast when I got there.  Since we had an office Keurig, I just had my morning coffee at work.  It was when I worked that job that I discovered cold brew coffee.  The thing is, I don't think people in our neck of the woods were calling it cold brew then.  I first tried making iced coffee at home when I saw Pioneer Woman's recipe.  It's a simple recipe and makes a large amount, but it was more fuss than I liked doing on a regular basis.  So after doing it a few times, I quit.

When I had my store, I eventually stopped opening on Mondays to give me a day off.  Since I worked every Saturday, I needed a day to do housework/chores/errands/liveawayfromthestore.  I would sometimes want a cup of coffee during the day and didn't want to brew more than I needed in our coffee maker.  My Bodum French Press became my good friend for a quick cup of hot coffee.

So what do those two stories have to do with each other?  Well, we'll get there...
Patience, my babies.

Almost two years ago, I closed my store when I was 8 months pregnant, because I wanted to stay home with our baby.  Fast forward to today, and it's blazing hot and humid here in Arkansas.  I want coffee.  I like coffee.  But it's almost too hot for me to enjoy it.  I need iced coffee!  Since we are a one salary family now, I must make that iced coffee at home.  Let's make it in the French press!

So, what is cold brew?  It's when you make your coffee without heating the water.  When you use a French press, you traditionally use hot water, and your coffee maker will heat the water to brew the coffee.  Basically, every method of making coffee uses hot water.  You can use that to make iced coffee, sure.  Brew it extra strong, then let it cool down in the fridge before adding ice.

The great thing about cold brew is it can have a smoother taste and has less acidity than hot brewed coffee.  Plus, I think it's easier than brewing hot then chilling.

I wanted iced coffee, cold brewed, without straining and straining and straining.  Here comes the French press.  I stir 1/3 cup of coffee grounds with 4 cups of cold water in the French press (don't press down the plunger!).  I let it sit in the fridge overnight and press the plunger/filter/whatever-it's-called in the morning.  I store the cold brew it in an air-tight container.  It will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

If you follow me on snapchat (username: marlagraces), then you've already seen me make iced coffee and cold brew.  If you don't follow me on snapchat, here's how I do it.

I would love to know how you make cold brew and iced coffee and if you have any tips!

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