The cold brew coffee craze is continuing to grow. Some of the biggest benefits are the lack of acidity, increase in caffeine and the general smooth and fruit taste of the coffee concentrate. Besides that, you can store it for days (or a week), making a dreary morning perk quick and as easy as pouring water.
This recipe from Whole Foods Market is quick and easy, doesn't require any fancy equipment if you already have cups/bowls and or a french press. Don't have any of that? Living Plaza in Hong Kong is a great spot to grab one for cheap, or head to a local Hardware store, they usually carry french presses (not top quality, but can't beat HK$20).
Place coffee in a large bowl or French press and pour over 3 cups of filtered, room temperature water. Set aside for 10 minutes, and then stir gently to combine. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 12 hours.
Line a fine sieve with a coffee filter. Slowly pour coffee through sieve into a pitcher, discarding the grounds. (If using a French press, slowly press down on the lid to isolate the grounds at the bottom, and then pour coffee through a filter, if you like.)
Use coffee immediately, or chill until ready to serve. For each cup, pour one part coffee and one part water or milk over ice.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
• Keep the coffee concentrate in your refrigerator for up to 3 days.
• It’s easy to make a larger batch. Just stick with a water to coffee ratio of 4:1 (or 5:1 for darker roasts, if you prefer).
• Since granulated sugar doesn’t dissolve easily in cold liquids, make a small batch of simple syrup to keep in the fridge. Heat 1 part water with 1 part sugar until dissolved, then cool and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
• For even stronger coffee concentrate, cold brew the coffee for up to 24 hours.
Per Serving:Serving size: about 1/4 cup, 0 calories (0 from fat), 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 0g protein