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Cold Brew Iced Coffee Basics


I guess you could say it all started in the spring two years ago. That’s where the journey to this cold brew iced coffee basics began! We were in Chicago for Shavuos, hanging out at my friend Aliza’s house for a kiddush. She had a whole spread of cakes, and cookies. Most importantly, she had a cold brew station. Complete with flavored syrups and assorted milks. It was delicious.

After that, Aliza became the cold brew queen, brewing up a fresh pot er pitcher at least once a week. So I guess you can say….we’re throwing it back to 2016 with this post.

Are you new to cold brew? Let’s break it down from the top. Cold brew is iced coffees cooler cousin. Literally though. Cold brewed is exactly what it sounds like, it’s brewed in cold water and never heated. Iced coffee is hot brewed coffee that is then cooled down.

Why would I drink cold brew over regular iced coffee?

  1. It’s less acidic
  2. Perfect for a hot day
  3. EASY
  4. It’s cold already to you don’t need a lot (or really any.. up to you) of ice (ie watery coffee)
  5. More caffeine

A cup of coffee, coffee beans, a jar with coffee, and milk. Cold brew iced coffee basics.

Here’s what you need:

3/4 c Whole Coffee Beans*

you may use ground coffee as well. Here’s two reasons grinding your own beansĀ  to get a coarser ground is better: 1. To make the filtration process easier. 2. It’ll help make your coffee less bitter.

Filtered Water




Now let’s begin!

First, grind of the coffee beans into a coarse grind. Next, pour them into a large pitcher and top it slowly with 4 cups of cold filtered water. Let it sit on the counter for 12-16 hours. If you leav

e it for more than 20 hours, it will start to get bitter. Easy enough right?

Next, Put a piece of cheese cloth over a mesh strainer set over another pitcher or container. Pour the coffee through the cheesecloth. Discard the cheesecloth and the solids.

There you have it!

Refrigerate for up to 7 days for peak freshness.

Here are some things to can add to your cup:

Milk, creamer, ice, flavored syrups (hazelnut, vanilla etc), simple syrup for sweetness. Or, get boozy and try some alcoholic syrup like dulche de leche or chocolate liqueur.

Now that you know how to make iced coffee cold brew at home..what are you waiting for? Get to it!

Have a fun coffee add-in? Comment below!

Milk pouring into a glass of cold brew coffee




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