How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home

As the days get longer and the weather heats up, the allure of cold brew coffee becomes irresistible. Known for its smooth, robust flavor, cold brew is a favorite among coffee lovers, particularly during the hot months. If you’ve never made cold brew at home, it might seem daunting, but with the right tools and a little patience you can enjoy this refreshing beverage anytime, right from your own kitchen.

Choosing the Best Brewing Equipment for Cold Brew

The first step in your cold brew journey is selecting the right equipment. Here are a few options that can help you get started:

  • Cold Brew Coffee Maker: These are specially designed for cold brewing. They typically include a built-in filter and a brewing carafe. Popular brands like Toddy, OXO, and Hario offer excellent models that simplify the brewing process.
  • French Press: If you already have a French press, it can double as a cold brew coffee maker. Its plunger mechanism also acts as a filter.
  • Mason Jar and a Fine Mesh Sieve: For a DIY approach, a large mason jar coupled with a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth for straining can also do the job.

Selecting the Right Grind Level

The grind of your coffee beans is crucial for making great cold brew. Opt for a coarse grind, similar to that used for French press coffee. A coarse grind allows for a slower extraction rate, which is ideal for the extended brewing time of cold brew, and prevents the final product from becoming bitter.

Water to Coffee Ratio

A general rule for cold brew is to use a 1:8 coffee to water ratio. This means for every one part of coffee, you use eight parts of water. Adjusting this ratio will either increase or decrease the concentration of your brew depending on your preference.

Brew Time

Patience is key with cold brew. The optimal brew time is generally about 12 to 24 hours, depending on how strong you like your coffee. Brewing for at least 12 hours will ensure a full extraction, resulting in a rich and smooth flavor.

Filtering Your Cold Brew

Once your coffee has brewed, the next step is to filter it. If using a cold brew coffee maker or French press, you’ll simply press or follow the manufacturer’s instructions to separate the grounds from the liquid. If using a mason jar, pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or several layers of cheesecloth into another container.

Diluting the Concentrate for Serving

Cold brew coffee is typically made as a concentrate. Before drinking, dilute it with water, milk, or a milk alternative in a 1:1 ratio, or adjust to your taste. This not only stretches your batch further but also customizes the flavor strength to your liking.

Popular Ways to Serve and Enjoy Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew is incredibly versatile. Here are some popular serving suggestions:

  • Classic: Over ice, diluted with water or milk.
  • Sweetened: Add simple syrup, flavored syrup, or condensed milk for a touch of sweetness.
  • Creamy: Mix with half-and-half or a dairy-free alternative for a richer texture.
  • Cocktails: Use as a base for coffee-themed cocktails or mocktails.

Join the Cold Brew Movement

Ready to start making exceptional cold brew at home? Visit Mōzza Roasters’ website to buy our premium Cold Brew coffee blend, or subscribe to have it delivered directly to your door time after time. Enjoy the satisfaction of brewing your own refreshing cold brew coffee this summer and discover all the delicious ways to savor it.

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