How To Cold Brew Your Own Coffee
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Cold brew coffee is EVERYWHERE! And I love it. Surprisingly, there’s actually a pretty big difference between regular iced coffee and it’s cold brew counterpart.

It all starts with temperature. Cold brew coffee is never heated while iced coffee is basically hot coffee that is cooled down. I know that sounds pretty simple but it has a lot to do with how the coffee will taste. It all has to do with preference!

The main reason I like cold brew coffee is because it’s lower in acidity. I’ve always been pretty sensitive with high-acidic foods, which has always made me steer clear of coffee. Since it’s never heated up, it’s easier on the stomach and less bitter.

The taste of coffee is great but I’m more of a fan of the buzz of energy I get from it. I seriously need it some mornings! To make a batch of at-home cold brew, you have to let it soak overnight or for up to 12 hours. Due to this brew time, it’s naturally more caffeinated. Less acid and more buzz? Yes please!

Even though it is a process—it’s so worth it. Make a batch at home, store in your fridge, and have for the week. It’s super cost efficient to be able to have it at home. You don’t even need a French press!

Here’s how to make a batch with just some common kitchen tools and coffee grounds:

STEP 1: Depending on how strong you like your coffee, I always start with 1 cup of ground coffee beans and 4 cups of cold water in a bowl. If you like a little stronger, just add more grounds. Stir and let sit overnight.

STEP 2: Cover another container or bowl with a colander draped with a cheesecloth.

STEP 3: Pour mixture in and let it sift through. This is the “press” part of the cold press coffee. This should take only a few minutes. Once the liquid has filtered through, discard the cheesecloth and leftover grounds.

STEP 4: Pour your remaining cold brew into a pitcher to keep in fridge. It will stay fresh for at least two weeks. I’ll be honest though—it’s delicious so good luck keeping it lasting that long. A new batch will be needed ASAP!

Mix in almond milk, cinnamon, or your favorite coffee add-ins for extra flavor. If you're feeling extra ambitious, take a look a these delicious recipes to add in your batch:

Cold-Brewed Maple Almond Iced Coffee // Cold Brewed Cinnamon Coffee // Cold Brew + Bourbon Cocktail 

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