How To Make Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

A few weeks ago I did a post on making Thrifty Homemade Frappucinos with frozen coffee ice cubes. A reader left me a comment asking “Have you ever tried cold brew coffee?” with a helpful link.

Cold brew coffee? What the heck is that ??

So I checked out the link – here it is for you too if you would like all the details:
= = >> Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

It turns out that cold brew coffee is a way of making coffee without a coffeemaker. You simply put the coffee grounds in a cup, add some cold water (in about a 3:1 ratio), and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. You then drain the “coffee water” off from the soggy grounds and you have cold brew coffee concentrate. This should be a little stronger than regular brewed coffee. You can then use your concentrate with hot water by using about the same 3:1 ratio.

For my experiment I used 1/4 cup of grounds in a measuring cup, and then added 3/4 cup of water. I let mine sit in the refrigerator almost 8 hours. {{Because I got busy and forgot about it }}. I then used my concentrate in the same ratio – 1/4 cup concentrate to 3/4 cup water. I then froze it into ice cubes for frappucinos.

This did work, however, I couldn’t quite see any great advantage over using a regular coffee maker. Nevertheless, I thought this was an interesting enough idea to share.

How about you? Has anyone else ever tried cold brewing their coffee?

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  1. The coffee that results is far less acidic, and is great for people whose stomachs can't tolerate heat-brewed coffee. When the concentrate is combined with hot/near-boiling water, the result is a lot like a Swedish blend medium roast.