The technical definition of being cold is lacking heat. Your drink could be cold, personality described as being cold or Chicago weather in April. My husband, Former Farmer, swears my toes stay cold until August. (Gotta love giving the cold toe treatment in the middle of winter!)
Combined the water and grounds, stir once. Leave on the counter for 12 hours. Yes it takes a while, but all good things take time.
When the time is up give or take a few hours, strain the mixture using one coffee filter into the other pitcher. Repeat with other coffee filter. A second strain is needed to remove the last nasty grainy bits. Nothing is worse then finding grounds in your cup. Updated: To speed up the process I just use two coffee filters. You can also use a triple folded paper towel but might lose some of the liquid.
The concentrate will last up to 2 weeks in your refrigerator. Try that with a traditional brewed Cup of Joe. Cold brewed is perfect for the warmer months. Julie Johnson drinks her cold brewed year round even when the white stuff is flying around. I would show you my cup of perfection, but drank it all writing this post and the update.
- Put a lid on your coffee bath if you think over zealous housemates might tip it over. Love the kids, don’t trust them.
- SLOWLY pour the concentrate when straining into the coffee filters. Several of my earlier attempts had broken coffee filters.
- Double or triple the recipe if you love it. Makes a great pre-workout pick me up.
- Pass the word about cold brewed coffee. Maybe we will start a revolution or at least wake up a few grumpy cold personalities.
- Update: Starbucks has a new coffee, Kati Kati, which makes a very good Cold Brewed. Thanks Connie for the sample!