In the summer it is all about iced coffee! Years ago, I went to a nice coffee house and ordered vanilla cold brew. I was amazed at how smooth the taste was! I’ve been a fan since then, but it can get pretty expensive when you buy it already bottled.
I’ve been experimenting with some methods over the last few months and I finally found a combination that had a similar flavor to the coffee house!
Before I go on with the recipe, I have to give you some chemist tips on this! The chemistry of cold brew is all about oxidation, degradation, and volatility…but I won’t get into all that fun science stuff 😉 Basically, cold brew coffee is less acidic and bitter, thus giving it a smoother flavor!
First, I will show you how I make the cold brew concentrate.
Cold Brew Concentrate
♥ 5 cups cold water
♥ 1 cup ground coffee (whatever your favorite roast is 🙂 )
In a large bowl, mix together the water and coffee, then cover. Place in the fridge for about 12-14 hours, it can even be longer, but I wouldn’t let it sit for more than 24 hours!
Now, you need to strain it! What you need:
♥ Fine Mesh Strainer
♥ Coffee Filters
♥ Jars for storing
I like to use both a strainer and filters together to ensure no coffee grounds escape! Put the strainer over the jar, then add a filter in the strainer. Pour (slowly), the concentrate mixture in. This can take a few minutes to strain through. I move it along with a spoon. Once the filter gets full, just change it out with a new one.
Now that you have it all strained you can store it in the fridge or go ahead and make some vanilla iced cold brew!
Vanilla Cold Brew
♥ 3/4c cold brew
♥ 1/4 c water
♥ 1 tbsp vanilla syrup or creamer (My favorite syrup)
♥ 3/4 c milk
♥ Sweetener to taste ( I use 2-3 packets of stevia)
Mix up all ingredients, then pour over ice. If it is still to strong, add some more milk or creamer. Definitely play around with the flavor!
Now you can make your own cold brew right at home 🙂 Are you a coffee fan? If so, what is your favorite way to make it? I hope you have a great week!