For some, iced coffee is a warm weather treat. Then for others, like myself, iced coffee is a constant. Be it the depths of winter or the dog days of summer: my coffee is all iced, all the time. Either way, there’s one great truth – when it comes to iced coffee, cold brew is king. When you brew coffee with hot water, it brings out the more bitter and acidic flavors in the beans. When you allow the grounds to steep in cold water, it leaves you with a much smoother brew that allows you to taste all the subtle flavors the coffee has to offer.
Every coffee shop worth its salt has cold brew these days. But when a cup can run upwards of $5, its definitely worth trying to make it yourself at home. I’ve got a method that’s as easy and mess free as it gets. You may have seen cold brew methods that involve complicated equipment or several different kinds of filters. I tried that once…and ended up with a countertop covered in wet coffee grounds and broken dreams. Now I make my cold brew with two simple pieces of *equipment* that you can buy at any grocery store: cheese cloth and twine. You stack a few layers of the cheese cloth, fill it with the ground coffee (and the secret ingredient: cinnamon sticks!) and tie it into a bundle with the twine. You want to make sure that you tie a tight, tight knot with the twine so none of the coffee grounds can escape. Then just drop your little coffee bundle into a pitcher of water and let it soak overnight. In the morning remove the coffee bundle and voilà! You’ve got delicious cinnamon cold brew that you can sip on while you add “expert barista” you your resume. This recipe makes a drinkable strength, rather than a concentrated strength, so there’s no need to add any additional water. Just pour over ice, doctor it up however you take your coffee, and you’re on your way.
Whether you consider cold brew a special indulgence or a morning necessity, this at home method is the way to go.
Cinnamon Cold Brew
- 2 C ground coffee
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 10 C cold water
- 4 pieces of cheese cloth – approx. 8 inches long http://amzn.to/2XqO25d
- large pitcher
- Stack cheese cloth so you have four layers of cloth. Add coffee and cinnamon sticks to center of cloth, then gather the corners of the cloth together to form a bundle. Tie a tight knot around the bundle with twine.
- Soak coffee bundle in pitcher of water in the refrigerator for 12-18 hours. Remove bundle and store cold brew in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- Serve over ice.