Andrew Limbong: OK, so you wanna drink some coffee but it is HOT out. Well, cold brew is here for you, and it’s incredibly easy to make on your own. Life Kit is here to tell you how. All you’ll need is some coffee, a grinder something to filter the coffee, a couple of containers to actually put the coffee in and some time. There’s a bunch of recipes out there on the right way to get the right brew that tastes just perfect, but here’s the simplest: Step 1: Start out with some good beans, and then grind them.
Don’t go too much — you’re looking for a rough coarse texture. How much coffee should you grind? Well, the question of brew ratio, or how much coffee to water, is like asking ‘What kind of music do you like?’ Or ‘How do you like your eggs?’ It’s all a matter of taste. We talked to a coffee expert who gave us his opinion. Chahan Yeretzian: I actually prefer 1 to 7 or 1 to 8, which gives a rather soft extract. Limbong: I like starting with a 1 to 4 ratio, so one cup of ground coffee per four cups of water. Why? Because it’s a little punchier, but really, because it’s an easier number to remember and do math with if I’m going up or down in size. Step 2: Put the grounds in a container. Step 3: Add your water, stir, cover And Step 4: Just leave it there. Coffee nerds debate over how long to brew. with some recommending 12 to 24 hours. Professor Yeretzian says that amount of time is a little overkill.
Yeretzian: In five, six hours, you have extracted most, or essentially all, relevant flavor active compounds. Limbong: He says going over six hours adds a little more acidity to the coffee. And you can leave it at room temperature, or if you feel squeaky about it from a food safety perspective, you can stick it in the fridge, though that’ll slow down the extraction process slightly. Once it’s ready, run it through a filter twice. You can use a fine-mesh sieve or a cheesecloth — and then run it through a paper filter one more time. Aaand that’s it! Chill or serve over ice and enjoy!.