Published on June 24th, 2014 | by Liz Thompson2
DIY Iced Coffee :: Cold Brew Your Joe This Summer
Ever wonder why your favorite coffee shop makes the perfect iced coffee, while yours is watered down? It’s because they use cold brewed coffee.
Yep, cold brew is made the same way as regular coffee, with coffee and water. The difference is that rather than using hot water, cold brew, as the name implies, is made with cold water. Cold water and about 8 hours.
Sure this stuff isn’t as instant as a cup o hot joe, but it sure is delicious and very satisfying on a hot summer day. Here are three ways to go about bringing cold brew to you.
Number 1, the old school method. I came across this version of at-home cold brewed coffee on The Pioneer Woman a while back. It seemed like a lot of work, and kind of is, but her resulting coffee image is so tempting I was captivated.
Number 2, use a toddy maker. Given the intensity of PW’s cold brew recipe (I don’t love kitchen time quite as much as she does, if you hadn’t guessed) I opted for something simpler and purchased a Toddy maker. It is simply a large plastic container with a filter and a plug. You layer ground coffee and water as the instructions say, and 8 hours later you have the most beautiful, delicious coffee you’ve ever tasted. So worth it.
Number 3, the easy way to your iced bev. Ok, yes, you can buy yourself some cold brew and save all the time and trouble. Whole Foods has their own bottled brew made from their house coffee. A great option but be warned, this stuff is strong. Yummy and get’s the job done.
There you have it, options for brewing your own iced coffee. Let us know how it goes.
[Image by Liz Thompson]
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