DIY: Cold-Brew Coffee

Removing the bitter taste of cold brew at home isn't as hard as one might think. Here's how to make it.

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DIY: Cold-Brew Coffee

Making iced coffee is a very fast process. It is typically made with stronger brewed coffee in order to make up for the dilution caused by the ice melting. This type of coffee often causes the drink to become more bitter, caused by the fast brewing process. Cold brew, on the other hand, takes anywhere from 12 to 24 hours to brew. This slow brewing process causes the acidity of the coffee to lower and thus, the coffee to become less bitter.

There are many ways to drink cold brew coffee, but it is often served over ice. When served over ice, the cold brew coffee will be less diluted than regular iced coffee, due to the coffee being already cold. Making this coffee is rather simple, and can even be done with regular household items.

Here’s how to brew cold-brew coffee at home. 

  1. Grind coffee beans to a small size (not too small, or there will be a residue at the bottom). 
  2. Clean a mason jar, or any jar that is able to be sealed.
  3. Pour coffee grounds and cover with water in container, about a 1:8 ratio grounds:water.
  4. Stir until well combined.
  5. Leave in fridge for 12 to 24 hours to steep.
  6. Strain the coffee into different container (and repeat 2-3 times). 
  7. Serve over ice, and with sugar or cream if desired.
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