Cold Brew Season
I grew up in a coffee drinking household. My dad spent most of his career in the coffee, sugar and cocoa industry so there were always pounds and pounds of coffee around. In college my coffee drinking habit got a little out of control ( it was theater school after all) and I found myself consuming multiple fancy coffee drinks a day. Knowing that all that caffeine (not to mention the milk that went with it...yuck!) was not so good for me I quit cold turkey a few years after I graduated. Recently, I have slowly allowed a little bit of organic, decaf coffee into my life again. Since Hermione's birth I tend to make a few more exceptions with my diet ( shhh.. I sometimes eat grains) and coffee has become one of them. In the winter, I love taking Hermione out for breakfast at Kaffe 1668 in our neighborhood and sipping a decaf, almond milk latte while she has her green smoothie and fruit. In the summertime, I always have a batch of decaf cold brew coffee ready to go in the fridge. Cold brew coffee is 70% less acidic on your system than coffee made with hot water so I don't feel bad about drinking it. Really there are few greater pleasures on a hot day than an iced coffee with almond milk!
Making cold brew is super easy. You just need a little patience as it needs to "steep" overnight in the fridge before it is ready to drink.
Cold Brew Coffee
- 1 cup organic ground coffee
- 3 cups water
- Measure your ground coffee into a mason jar or french press
- Add water to the coffee grounds
- If using a mason jar seal it tightly and place it in the fridge overnight. If using a french press gently place the lid on top but DO NOT press down to separate the liquid from the grounds.
- Allow your coffee to brew overnight in the fridge.
- If using a mason jar strain the grounds from the water with a nut milk bag, fine cheese cloth, or even pantyhose works! If using a french press simply press the plunger down as you would if making hot coffee
- Enjoy over ice. Cold brew coffee is quite strong so a recommend a 1:1 ratio of coffee to milk.