After nearly four years being a barista, and about 10 years of drinking coffee full time, it’s safe to say that I consume a large amount of coffee. And in that time, I’ve come to realize exactly how much I love iced coffee. I prefer all of my coffee drinks iced, even in the dead of winter.
However, I’ve struggled and experimented and failed to make iced coffee concentrate that tasted as good as the in-store stuff at home. It seems simple enough: make coffee, add ice, voila. But see, the problem then becomes that the regular coffee becomes weak and watered down with the ice cubes. And sure, you can make it extra strong, but it then becomes bitter and acidic.
So, after a lot of trial and error and research, I think I’ve finally found the perfect way to make cold brew coffee concentrate at home, allowing it to be poured over ice without becoming acidic or losing its rich coffee taste (or potency, let’s be real here).
- 1 cup of dark roast coffee grounds
- 2 large jars or decanters (at least one with a lid)
- 4 cups of cool water
- a fine mesh strainer or coffee filter
How to make:
1. Add 1 cup of coarsely ground dark roast coffee to 4 cups of cool water and stir well until the grounds are completely mixed together. The grounds will separate and float to the top after a few minutes, but don’t worry, they’re still working their magic!
2. Let the concoction sit and steep overnight, for up to 12 hours (but at least 6 for maximum steepage). Don’t put it in the fridge, just set it somewhere on your kitchen table or counter and, as John Lennon once said, let it be.
3. After it’s been steeping for an adequate amount of time, you’ll want to strain the grounds out of the concentrate (unless you like your coffee with a bit of crunch). Probably the easiest way is to pour the whole mixture into our french press and push down the lever to separate the grounds. If you don’t have a french press, you can use a coffee filter and a funnel, a very fine mesh strainer, or if you’re really in a pinch, a paper towel.
4. And serve! Important note: this is meant to be mixed with equal amounts of water and then poured over ice. If you don’t mix the water you will be in for quite the intense coffee experience but hey, more power to you. Add cream or sugar to your liking and enjoy!