Cold brewing reduces the acidity of coffee, which enhances its natural sweetness and complex flavors. Even those who take hot coffee with sugar and cream might find themselves sipping cold brew plain. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Total TimePrep: 10 min. + chilling
- 1 cup coarsely ground medium-roast coffee
- 1 cup hot water (205°)
- 6 to 7 cups cold water
- 2% milk or half-and-half cream, optional
- Place the coffee grounds in a clean glass container. Pour hot water over the grounds; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in cold water. Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. (The longer the coffee sits, the stronger the flavor.)
- Strain the coffee through a fine mesh sieve; discard grounds. Strain the coffee again through a coffee filter; discard grounds. Serve over ice, with milk or cream if desired. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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Nutrition Facts1 cup: 2 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
Originally published as Cold Brew Coffee in How To January_March 2017