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Coffee Brewing Basics- Cold Brew

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Sitting on the front patio on a hot summer's morning, enjoying that first cup of coffee is one of life's greatest pleasures. Cold brew coffee, done right, may have you putting ice cubes in your coffee in the middle of winter! The long, slow steep brings out everything you love about coffee without the bitter burn. So, how do you do it right? Well, as with any brew, starting with good coffee makes all the difference.

I suggest a nice light brew, like our own EARLY BIRD blend, but feel free to experiment with your own favorites! Second, measure out about 2/3 cup into your grinder and grind so that it's still fairly coarse. We want a nice medium french press grind for this one. In fact, the french press makes for a convenient vessel but you can use anything on hand, such as a mason jar. Combine your fresh ground coffee with about 2 1/2-3 cups of water. Feel free to experiment with your measurements to adjust the strength, or double the measurements to have twice the coffee! After giving your coffee a stir, we get to the hardest part of cold brew- the waiting. For the best flavor and optimal strength, the steep should be at least twelve hours. You can steep it as long as 24 hours, so the best way is to start it the afternoon before. In the morning, when you're all ready to enjoy your fresh cup of cold brew, just push down the plunger on your french press or strain your brew through a fine sieve. To drink, pour over ice and mix with about 1:1 water.

Who knew coffee this easy could be this good? Fortunately, it can keep in the fridge for two weeks, so make a batch and enjoy a weeks' worth of idyllic summer or winter mornings.


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