Make Cold-Brew Coffee While You Sleep

How To Make Cold Brew — Thrillist Recipes
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I used to think cold brew was such a complicated scientific process, which is why I'd pay upwards of $5 a cup for the stuff. I know better now. Smooth cold brew is even easier to make than hot brew. No machines are needed, plus there's zero risk of scalding my fingers. I just mix coffee with water, go to bed, and wake up to fresh iced coffee. EVERY. DAY. And every day, I'm pretty much $5 richer.

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Cold-Brew Coffee Recipe

Total Time: 8 hours
Yield: 6 cups

  • 6 ounces medium-roast coffee beans
  • 3 cups cold water

  • Coffee grinder
  • French press (optional)
  • Fine-mesh strainer
  • Coffee filter
  • Grind coffee and put grounds into a large French press or glass container. Add water, stir, cover, and leave undisturbed at room temperature overnight.
  • The next morning, press the coffee or strain it through a coffee filter and fine-mesh strainer. Double-strain it if there are still grains in the coffee.
  • Dilute the concentrated coffee with water to your liking (should be about 1:1 ratio of coffee to water). Pour some into an ice cube tray for coffee ice cubes; you can use these later to eliminate any risk of diluting your iced coffee with water. Store the rest in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or, you know, drink it all immediately.
Cold Brew Coffee — Thrillist Recipes
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