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Video:How to Cold Brew Coffee

with Elisa Pupko

Cold brew coffee can be used for iced or hot coffee and is less acidic and bitter than hot brewed coffee. Get a tutorial on making and serving cold brewed coffee in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Cold Brew Coffee

Hi, I'm Elisa Pupko for About.com, and here's how you make cold brew coffee.

What is Cold Brew Coffee?

You will need, fresh coffee beans and a grinder. Or if you are buying your coffee pre ground, make sure it is ground to coarse. A measuring cup, I'm going to use a mesh sieve, a pitcher or Mason jar, a stirring utensil and saran wrap and a cloth filter.  

Cold brew coffee can be used for iced coffee and hot coffee. By cold brewing your coffee, it gives it a rich, fuller smooth flavor and is less acidic and bitter than hot brewing your coffee.  However, it does take a long time to make the first batch since you need to let it sit for 8-24 hours.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

I'm gonna grind it coarse. To make four cups of concentrate cold brew, you want to use one-third cup coffee. For one-third cup coffee, you want four cups of water. Since I'm making four cups of concentrate, I'm gonna use four cups of water. After about ten minutes, you'll notice this crust forming at the top. You're gonna want to stir that, ensuring the coffee grounds are evenly distributed in the water. And then cover your jar with saran wrap. Then let your cold brew sit for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours at room temperature. 

How Long to Brew Cold Brew Coffee

The amount of time you let the coffee sit will depend on the flavor. Now that we have let it sit for 24 hours, we're going to remove the plastic wrap and filter the coffee. For this step, I'm using a wire mesh sieve. I'm going to pour the coffee mixture into the filter to separate the grounds from the coffee concentrate. After filtering the first time with the coffee, I'm gonna pour it back into the Mason jar so that I can do one more filtering round. Then I'm gonna grab my cloth filter; not everyone finds this step necessary, but I like to do it to ensure there is no coffee grounds in my coffee concentrate. I love using my cold brew concentrate to make iced coffee.

How to Serve Cold Brew Coffee

So here I have one cup of water. I prefer a one to one ratio coffee concentrate to water, and then adding one cup of coffee concentrate. And I have an iced coffee ready to go. Instead of using sugar in your iced coffee, because of the smooth flavor, a lot of people prefer a pinch of salt. Give it a try. Store any unused concentrate in the refrigerator until ready to use.  

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