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Cold Brew Coffee easy and cheap

Updated on August 15, 2015

Cold brewing at home is easy

You don't need a fancy coffee shop or a barista to enjoy cold-brewed coffee anytime you want. You really don't even need any special equipment. Just a container to hold the grounds and water, a bottle to hold your coffee concentrate, a way to strain, and some time.

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A perfect cup of coffee - every time!

I love coffee. Hot coffee, iced coffee, coffee-flavored anything. I love them all!

Imagine my dismay a couple of years ago when I figured out that my constant stomach-aches were caused by the acid in coffee. I sniffed yearningly every time I passed a coffee shop. I stuck my nose in my family's morning cups and breathed deeply. For months and months it was as close as I could get to the real thing.

Then, tired of doing without, I started investigating low-acid coffee. I found a couple of brands, but the reviews on flavor were mixed. Then I saw a mention about "Cold-Brewed Coffee!"

Everyone's heard of Sun Tea - but I had no idea you could brew coffee, without electricity and without hot water! It takes longer, but the coffee concentrate you wind up with is perfect!

Perfect for a hot cup in the morning, a delicious iced coffee on a hot summer day, ready when you need it for flavoring, baking, even cocktails!

And the best part of all? Low acid, no pain. Lower caffeine, no jitters - even if I indulge all day!

Ridiculously easy! It does take time, so plan ahead - if you want Cold-brewed coffee tomorrow morning, start today! The brewer just takes a few moments to set up: insert the plug in the bottom of the tank, put in the filter, measure in the coffee, measure and add water. That's all there is to it!

I suppose you don't even need an official "Cold Brewer System" - you could certainly just measure grounds into any container and add water, straining the coffee concentrate after the brewing time is over.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 47 hours 50 min
  • Ready in: 48 hours
  • Yields: Depends on you!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. of your favorite ground coffee
  • 6 cups tap water

Instructions

  1. With the Filtron brewer: be sure stopper is firmly seated and place the damp filter in the brewer, according to directions. Add coffee. Place the water compartment on top and add water. Wait 24 hours. Remove stopper and drain concentrate into carafe. Replace stopper. Add 3 more cups of water to the water compartment. Wait 24 hours. Remove stopper and drain concentrate into carafe. (Use the same coffee grounds twice to get the most from your cold brewer!)
  2. Use 2 oz. of coffee concentrate for each 8 oz. cup of coffee. Pour concentrate in cup, add hot water. Sweeten and lighten to taste. Enjoy!
  3. For Iced Coffee, pour 2 oz. coffee concentrate over full glass of ice. Add water, sweetener and creamer to taste. Enjoy!
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Making Cold-Brewed Coffee

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All the parts of the Filtrown brewing system.Plug the hole in the bottom of the large bowl.Then place the filter in the interior of the large bowl.Add the grounds according to instructions. We use 12 ounces of coffee for 6 cups of water.Place the holder over the grounds.Add the water bowl to the top. A very small hole in the bottom of this bowl allows the water to drip into the bottom bowl without disturbing the coffee.Water added to bowl. Then just wait 24 hours.Place the carafe under the large bowl, remove the plug and your coffee concentrate drips down. We allow at least an hour to drain. Then we reuse the same coffee with half as much water (3 cups) to make our coffee budget stretch even further.
All the parts of the Filtrown brewing system.
All the parts of the Filtrown brewing system.
Plug the hole in the bottom of the large bowl.
Plug the hole in the bottom of the large bowl.
Then place the filter in the interior of the large bowl.
Then place the filter in the interior of the large bowl.
Add the grounds according to instructions. We use 12 ounces of coffee for 6 cups of water.
Add the grounds according to instructions. We use 12 ounces of coffee for 6 cups of water.
Place the holder over the grounds.
Place the holder over the grounds.
Add the water bowl to the top. A very small hole in the bottom of this bowl allows the water to drip into the bottom bowl without disturbing the coffee.
Add the water bowl to the top. A very small hole in the bottom of this bowl allows the water to drip into the bottom bowl without disturbing the coffee.
Water added to bowl. Then just wait 24 hours.
Water added to bowl. Then just wait 24 hours.
Place the carafe under the large bowl, remove the plug and your coffee concentrate drips down. We allow at least an hour to drain. Then we reuse the same coffee with half as much water (3 cups) to make our coffee budget stretch even further.
Place the carafe under the large bowl, remove the plug and your coffee concentrate drips down. We allow at least an hour to drain. Then we reuse the same coffee with half as much water (3 cups) to make our coffee budget stretch even further.
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Cold-brewed coffee makes life easier!

We love the flavor of coffee and we've discovered that having the coffee concentrate on hand has made it easy to enjoy our favorite flavor whenever we like. We can have iced coffee whenever we like - no planning required! The concentrate keeps well in the refrigerator for six weeks - although we always seem to use it up in about two weeks.

We also use the concentrate in baking - some of the best chocolate cake recipes use coffee flavoring!

And cocktail hour is a joy. We developed our very own Mocha Martini recipe - not too sweet, not too bitter - absolutely perfect!

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Mocha Martini

It took months, experimentation and diligent attention to frequent tasting to get this recipe exactly right. It's not too sweet, not too bitter, just right!

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 part Creme de Cacao or favorite chocolate liqueur
  • 2 parts Vodka (can use Vanilla Vodka if preferred)
  • 3 parts Coffee

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass half-filled with ice, add all ingredients. Shake vigorously. Pour into cocktail glass quickly - there will be a foam top for a short time. Enjoy.
  2. Repeat.

Cold Brewing Coffee Machines

We chose the Filtron coffee brewer and are very happy with it.

© 2011 Hope

How do you love your coffee?

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      Jackie Block 5 years ago from SE Michigan

      I love using coffee for an ingredient in chocolate recipes, but have always brewed a pot and let it cool. Didn't know you could brew it cold. Thanks for sharing.

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