When it's hot, cold brewed coffee is just the ticket. It's easy to make, too!
Cold brew is low acid. Find out more below.
What You Need
- A jar or pitcher
- Freshly ground coffee
- Fresh water
- Measuring cups
How to MakeBasic coffee to water ratio is 1/4 cup of coffee to 1 cup of water.
- Put ground coffee and water in jar or pitcher. Cover.
- Refrigerate for 24 hours
- Stir or agitate occasionally until all of the coffee sinks into the water
- Filter and serve
Serve over ice for a cool, refreshing start to your day. If you like your coffee sweet, I recommend making Simple Syrup: dissolve sugar in water at a 1:1 ratio.
If you prefer it hot, add hot water.
The flavor of cold brewed coffee is remarkably stable. Store remaining coffee for up to 5 days in the fridge. Or, you can freeze any leftovers in an ice cube tray for your cold coffee drinks.
Grind for your filtration method. If you use a French Press or a permanent filter of some sort, grind as usual. You can go finer with a paper filter.
Allow extra room in your infusion container for the coffee to expand when you add the water.
Use a French Press or any pour-over brewer for easy filtering. If you don't have any of these, try a paper filter in a mesh strainer or a tea infuser basket. Get creative!
Adjust coffee quantity, grind size, and infusion time until it's just right for you.
Cold Brew is Low Acid
If you're looking for low-acid coffee, cold brew is for you.
Cold Brewing extracts fewer of the acids and other substances that can cause stomach irritation. Typically, the pH of hot brewed coffee measures around 5, and cold brew around 6. Water, which is neutral, has a pH of 7.