1Grind the coffee beans into a coarse grind. The goal is a grind about the size of raw sugar.
2Combine the ground coffee and filtered water. Gently stir the coffee with the water until all of the coffee gets wet.
3Steep the coffee in the fridge. Leaving the French press plunger up, place in the fridge for at least 18 hours or up to 24 hours. Leaving it for less than 18 hours will result in weak cold brew while over-brewing for more than 24 hours starts to create bitter notes.
4To strain the coffee concentrate using a French press, simply press plunger down and transfer to another container. For a cleaner brew, pour the coffee concentrate through a coffee filter or a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth.
5Once strained, transfer the coffee to a clean, airtight bottle or jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
6To serve, fill a glass with ice cubes and pour your Cold Brew Coffee over top. Add sweet cream or half-and-half if desired and enjoy!
1Undiluted cold brew will last for up to 2 weeks refrigerated; diluted cold brew will last 2 to 3 days refrigerated.
Cold Brew Coffee is not the same as iced coffee. Cold Brew Coffee is steeped in cold water overnight, while iced coffee is generally brewed hot and poured over ice. The flavour difference between cold brew and iced coffee is huge! Using cold water makes the extraction process slower and more selective, enhancing the flavours of coffee and minimizing any bitterness.
You can make Cold Brew Coffee at home with a simple French press. It is basically the same process as making hot coffee, only it takes longer to brew.