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Becoming a new mom led to quite the coffee addiction.
And my wallet did nooot like it one bit!
So I had to master the art of DIY cold brew coffee.
Sure, I could just fill up the coffee maker and drink hot coffee, but come on.
How often do you actually drink your coffee while it’s hot?
I started out making those simple pots of coffee. And you know what? I lost them. All over the house.
Hello new mom brain
Which led to constant reheating and it just got to the point of grossness and I would pour the coffee down the drain.
Blame the mom brain all you can, but hot coffee just doesn’t cut it anymore. Be smart like me and make the switch to diy cold brew.
And I promise- it isn’t as hard as you think!
Seriously. It is crazy simple and all it takes are things you (likely) already have in the kitchen! Cold water, ground coffee beans, a few kitchen utensils and time. The time part might throw you off, but I am telling you, this is EASY!
Its a “make and forget about it” kind of thing.
The “time” factor involves sitting on the counter over night.
Because I know you just want to get to it because COFFEE, I won’t ramble on in this post.
Let’s get to the crazy simple way I make my diy cold brew!
Crazy Simple DIY Cold Brew
Gather your tools:
You will need all of these things to make your diy cold brew!
- Finely ground coffee beans
- Two large pitchers (I have one like this one and this one)
- Reusable coffee filter
- Fine mesh strainer
- Kitchen spoon
Now that you have all of your tools, dive in!
Add one cup of finely ground coffee to a large pitcher
Like I mentioned above, I prefer using a large gallon sized pitcher for brewing!
Fill gallon sized pitcher half way (eight cups) with cold water
Top the coffee grounds with the cold water. You shouldn’t need to mix, but feel free to.
Cover and let sit on counter over night (or for 8-10 hours)
That’s it! Get some sleep! Or rewatch Shameless like I am doing right now!
Set up your straining station
After the brewing, set up your brewing station by placing your empty pitcher in the sink, topping it with the mesh strainer and then the reusable coffee filter nested inside of the mesh strainer just like the picture shows
Pour coffee mixture a bit at a time into the set of strainers
You’ll want to be careful with the first couple pours because large amounts of grounds are likely going to plop out with the fresh cold brew. I like to fill up the coffee filter and use a kitchen spoon to swirl it around so that the coffee grounds don’t accumulate on the bottom of it and make the process take an hour.
Repeat if necessary
Don’t worry if you get some coffee grounds in the fresh pitcher the first time. Simply rinse out the brewing pitcher, pour fresh cold brew back in, and restrain!
Keep fresh in the fridge for a week, or one day
The cold brew can last up to a week. Probably longer if you needed it to, but I find it tastes best within 5-7 days of brewing. But I often go through the diy cold brew in two or three days! Like I said before, I drink a lot of coffee!
Once the cold brew is ready to go, go ahead and pour yourself a glass right away! Some people say to mix with water (dilute the coffee concentrate) but I like how strong it is. So before you make a glass taste some and make sure it isn’t too strong for you!
To make my morning coffee, I usually fill up my tumbler half way with ice, add some half n half, then top with my fresh cold brew!
You could get a little fancier and make your own Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream by mixing half n half, a bit of vanilla, and a couple spoonfuls of sugar. Or just buy some creamer at the store!
I included the full recipe down below, but I hope you get the jist!