We are a coffee-loving family. I actually gave it up during pregnancy and after the initial caffeine withdrawal headaches, didn’t feel that I missed it. But towards the end, I started to add it back in. I love the tradition of sitting on the porch with my cup of coffee, slowly getting my morning started.
You can imagine how much we cried when my husband dropped our 12 cup french press and it shattered.
Besides our single-serve Tassimo (which blows the Kuerig out of the water as far as strong, good coffee is concerned) we were coffee potless. It was sad. We were going through T-disks like crazy. I had to come up with a way to use up the coffee beans we still had.
Enter cold brew coffee.
I had seen it at Trader Joe’s, but couldn’t bring myself to spend the $6.99 on it. After a quick search, I realized it is incredibly easy to make yourself. So I ground up some beans to a medium grind, about what I would use in a french press, and let them steep for 12 hours in the biggest Mason Jar I could find. After that, you just strain it into a clean jar, and tada you have cold brew coffee!
I love giving homemade, edible gifts. All of my friends and neighbors usually get homemade candies and cookies. And this year my coffee-loving friends and family can count on receiving cold brew coffee concentrate.
Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
- 1 cup coffee beans ground
- 4 cups water
- Grind 1 cup of coffee beans and dump into a large mason jar. Add 4 cups of water and let sit 12 hours to 24 hours.
- Using a coffee filter and funnel, strain the liquid into a clean jar. Refrigerate.
- To make iced coffee fill a cup with ice, use ½ concentrate and ½ water, add creamer and sweetener to taste.