Cold brew is a coffee trend that people are going nuts over. If you don't want to spend the money at a coffee shop or invest in a cold-brew maker, simply use a French press to make delicious coffee right at home.
9 oz medium-roast coffee beans, ground coarse (3 1/2 cups) 3 1/2 cups filtered water, room temperature kosher salt (optional)
1. Stir coffee and water together in a large (about two-quart) glass French press. Allow raft of ground coffee to form, about 10 minutes, then stir again to recombine. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
2. Line fine-mesh strainer with coffee filter and set over large liquid measuring cup. Place lid on press and slowly and evenly press plunger down on grounds to separate them from coffee concentrate. Pour concentrate into prepared strainer. Line large bowl with triple layer of cheesecloth, with cheesecloth overhanging edge of bowl. Transfer grounds to cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together and twist; then, holding pouch over strainer, firmly squeeze grounds until liquid no longer runs freely from pouch; discard grounds.
3. Using back of ladle or rubber spatula, gently stir concentrate to help filter it through strainer. Concentrate can be refrigerated in jar with tight-fitting lid for up to 1 week. This recipe makes about one and a half cups; enough for three cups iced coffee.
Cold Brew Tips:
To make iced coffee combine equal parts coffee concentrate and cold water. Add a pinch of kosher salt, if using, and pour into glass with ice.
This concentrated coffee needs to be diluted before drinking. We recommend a 1:1 ratio of concentrate to water, but you can dilute it more if you like.
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