It’s cold brew season.
Don’t be turned off by the fancy-sounding name, which has been popularized by coffee giants but really just refers to the process of letting coffee grounds steep in cold water.
The result is a cool, smooth, extremely sippable jolt of caffeine you can tote around on sweltering days.
You can find some exceptional cold brew at Tampa Bay coffee shops. Or you can make your own at home.
Start with the beans. The key to good cold brew is a strong, bold bean. Whole beans are also crucial; the more freshly ground your beans are, the better your cold brew will be. When it comes time to make your cold brew, you’ll coarsely grind the beans, the coarse grind more suitable for the long steeping time required.
Cold Brew Coffee
1 cup coarsely ground coffee
4 ½ cups cold water
Half-and-half or milk (optional)
Flavored syrup or simple syrup (optional)
In a jar or other large container, stir together coffee and water. Cover and place in the fridge, letting it rest at least 12 hours, or preferably 24 hours.
Strain twice through a fine mesh filter, then transfer back to the container or another storage container. It will keep in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks.
To make one serving, mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water. Start with less water and adjust to taste, if desired. You can also fill the cup with ice, then pour in coffee concentrate and omit the water; the ice will melt and mellow out the coffee.
Just before drinking, stir in half-and-half or milk and syrup, if desired.
Makes about 10 servings.
Source: Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times