Marash Girl discovered cold brew coffee thanks to a friend visiting from California. Marash Girl didn't really believe her friend, didn't believe that the coffee would be better than freshly (hot) brewed coffee, but last night, with nothing exciting in the offing, Marash Girl decided to try her hand at making a cold brew for breakfast. Here's what she did, and what you can do, too!
Coarsley grind 1 cup of coffee beans (Marash Girl likes French Roast or Sumatra).
Put 1 cup of freshly ground coffee into a pitcher with 2 cups of cold water. Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap. Leave overnight on your kitchen table (or, if you have a kitchen counter, which Marash Girl does not, that will do as well).
In the morning, stir the mix and (1) pour into a French Coffee Press, if you have one, and press down until the coffee is all at the top, and the grounds at the bottom, or (2) pour through coffee filter paper into your Chemex coffee urn (if you have one) or (3) pour through a fine sieve into a bottle. Give the liquid time to filter through. Be patient!
The resulting coffee will be absolutely delicious, and very concentrated. Store it in a glass bottle in your refrigerator and when you're ready for a cup of coffee, simply add steaming hot water or steaming hot milk to taste (about 1/4 cup coffee to 3/4 cup water or milk, or if you like your coffee strong, more coffee, less water or milk -- test it out and see how you like it).
Or pour the cold brew over ice, and there you have delicious iced coffee, the perfect summer drink!
This process produces a cup of coffee that is smooth with lower acidity.