Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee
Let me start off by saying that I am not a coffee person. I use to work at a coffee shop and never had a drop to drink. So when I started to write this, my husband and daughter were my taste testers. I am sure they didn’t mind taste-testing all the different brewing times. They love coffee.
Iced coffee is completely different from cold brew. Making an ice coffee is simply taking already brewed coffee, cooling it down and pouring it over ice cubes. Cold brew is coffee that has been brewed in cold water over a long period of time usually anywhere between 12-24 hours. The time really depends on the amount that you are brewing at one time.
Iced coffee still has that bitter taste that the hot version does. Cold brew has a smoother, sweeter taste due to its low acid level. And cold brew has twice the caffeine!! When making cold brew coffee, you would do 50/50 ratio of coffee and water.
You can use any coffee as long as it is coarsely ground. Personally, we use a local vendor called CJ’s Coffee. He knows how coarse to grind my coffee. My daughter just loves his Ethiopian blend. She just can’t seem to get enough of his coffee. Let me know what you think of the ratio in the comments.
COLD BREW AT HOME
2/3 cup of coarse ground coffee
3 cups of water
1 large container, I used a mason jar
Put ground coffee at the bottom of the jar, then fill with the water. Stir until everything is well combined. Let sit for 12-24 hours. Usually 12-16 hours for this amount of coffee. You can leave it on the counter or put in the refrigerator. We have found that 16 hours is a perfect amount of time.
When brewed, strain the coffee into a large bowl through a sieve and cheesecloth or through a coffee filter. Do this a few times to get out all the grinds.
When you are ready to make the coffee, use a 50/50 ratio. You can store the concentrate for about a week, if it lasts that long.