You wake up. You lazily walk to your kitchen still half asleep. You open the cabinet and reach for a fresh bag of coffee. It’s fair trade dark roast. It costs a little extra but like Jimmy from Pulp Fiction when you drink coffee “you want to taste it.” You open the bag. “You have to be fucking kidding me” you mutter underneath your breath. You have accidentally bought whole bean coffee instead of ground.
The problem: You want to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee but have no way of making it. After all, you don’t have coffee grinder. You also feel like you just wasted money buying a bag of beans you can’t use.
It’s not a wasted investment yet. You can use the beans to make cold brew coffee.
Cold brew is all the rage these days. You have probably seen it advertised at many coffee shops, and said to yourself “isn’t cold brew just iced coffee. I bet is just some marketing gimmick to get people to spend a little extra on brown water.”
Cold brew is not hot coffee placed in a refrigerator and served with ice. Cold brew is not a marketing gimmick. Cold brew is made by slow steeping coffee beans before straining them out. This process results in a dark, bitter, and highly caffeinated form of coffee.
How To Make Cold Brew
Making cold brew isn’t rocket science.
First, you’re going to have to coarsely grind your beans. I know what your thinking. “I’m trying to figure out a way to use whole beans because I don’t own a coffee grinder.
Relax. You don’t need a grinder. If you have blender you can put the beans in there and give a few quick pulse. If you don’t have a blender put the beans in a sturdy bag and use a rolling pin or a hammer to break them up.
You don’t need to spend a lot of time grinding the beans into a fine powder. In fact, the finer the powder the harder it will be to make cold brew. Ideally, you want to just break open the bean so it’s easier to extract flavor but still large enough that it won’t make it through your strainer.
Second, grab a mason jar. Fill the jar with the crushed up beans and water. I used a 1:2 ratio (2 cups of beans to 4 cups of water).
Third, wait. Place the mason jar in the fridge and let it steep for 24-48 hours. I left mine in for 2 days.
Forth, strain your mixture so you don’t have any chunks of beans in your brew. The remaining liquid is your cold brew. Fill up a glass and enjoy.
*You may want to dilute cold brew with water or cream. Cold brew has twice the amount of caffeine as hot drip coffee. Diluting it will also take away some of the bitterness.
*The shelf life of cold brew is about a week or 2-3 days if you dilute it with water.