I also wanted an excuse to use my lovely new measuring cups- I got two sets from ASDA, the larger one has 1 cup (and smaller) measures and cost £2 and the smaller set has tablespoons and smaller, and was £1.75. I love the bright colours!
For every 1/3 cup of coffee you need 1 1/2 cups of cold water- for my first batch I just used 1 1/2 cups of water just in case I didn't like it or I did something wrong, but I've just started off a triple batch- this one made about 3 pints of iced coffee- so it's very easy to scale up.
Place the coffee and water into a container- I used a Tupperware (from IKEA) with a secure lid, but you can seal it with cling film if necessary.
Give it a stir, then seal the lid (or cling film) and leave it in a cool place for about 12 hours (no stirring).
|For some reason I found it hilarious that it separated when I took the second picture.|
Part 2: Straining
After 12(ish) hours your coffee should be brewed, and it's time to separate the coffee grounds from the coffee.
|Mmm... looks like mud!|
Take a bowl and fine meshed sieve, and pour the coffee through- this should separate most of the larger coffee grounds.
By the way I didn't throw my used coffee grounds away, I'm keeping them for a DIY exfoliator recipe- expect a post about it soon (assuming it goes well!) :)
Then you need to strain the liquid through something much finer to remove the finer coffee grounds- if you have coffee filters that would be ideal, and I've heard that damp kitchen roll (a couple of layers) works well, but I improvised with a muslin cloth (yes, one that came with a hot cloth cleanser) over my sieve (which I rinsed out first)
|The good thing about the muslin cloth is that |
you can squeeze the excess liquid out.
You could use it straight away, but I had no ice and I wanted to make sure my coffee would be properly chilled so I poured it back into the Tupperware container, and chilled it in the fridge for a couple of hours.
As many many people have also commented, cold brew coffee doesn't have any of the bitterness that regular coffee does- because it's brewed in such a 'gentle' way- and it really is delicious (just as good as a Starbucks frappuccino!) and refreshing :) I think it would be awesome with some of those drink syrups too (I must get some!)
I know it takes quite a while in waiting time, but it tastes SOOO good so it's well worth it; plus if you make it in larger batches the coffee will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
p.s. I'd love to be able to tell you which recipe I used, but as usual I read lots- and used bits from many different recipes! :)