Cold-brew iced coffee is all the rage and the best thing about it is how easy it is to recreate at home! Sure, going to the coffee shop is a treat, but save some money and become your own barista!
Cold-brew is very big in my house. I’m not sure how that came to be, but even my 12 year old appreciates cold brew. Now she is more in it for the creamer and the sweetened cold, foam, but still. She likes to fill up a mason jar with coffee, stick a fancy straw in it and sip on it while she catches up on her Tik Toks.
But truly, she is the inspiration behind this cold-brew recipe today. That girl is a barista in the making!
What Is Cold Brew Iced Coffee
Cold brew coffee is ground coffee that sits or steeps in cold water, preferably overnight. Once you strain out the grounds, you are left with a cold brew concentrated coffee that can be mixed with water or milk.
This method of brewing coffee yields a softer, milder flavor of coffee than just having a cup of iced coffee.
What Do I Need To Make This Cold Brew Coffee Recipe?
Despite what you may think, you really don’t need any fancy equipment to make this coffee recipe. You need:
- Coffee grounds
- Fine Mesh Sieve
- Coffee Filter
- Coconut Simple Syrup (part of the recipe)
- 2 % Milk
- Heavy Whipping Cream
How To Make Cold Brew Coffee Recipe
Before we begin, we should talk about what kind of coffee to use!
You will need grounds for this recipe. You don’t want to use grounds that are too fine. A coarse grind is best for easier filtering plus it will keep your coffee from becoming too acidic.
Some say you should always grind your own coffee beans, others say store-bought is fine. It is really up to you.
As for what kind of coffee, well, that is more of a personal thing. You could use something like Folgers or you could use a specialty shop grind or even espresso.
Typically, the more expensive the coffee, the more complex the flavor. But again, I have made cold brew with both types and I have been satisfied by both. The choice is really yours.
You will need roughly 1 cup of grounds for 4-5 cups of cold water (filtered water is ideal). Refrigerate the mixture for 12-16 hours to extract all the flavor from the grounds.
After that time, pour your cold brew coffee through a fine-mesh sieve. Then pour once more through a coffee filter, to catch any small grounds left behind. If you own a French press, the process will be much simpler!
How To Make Coconut Simple Syrup
In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow the mixture to simmer until the mixture has reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut extract.
If the mixture becomes too thick, whisk in enough water so that it retains its liquid state.
Simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
How To Make Cold Foam
Place a little syrup in a glass jar or a bowl along with 2% milk (the leaner diary here actually better here to help get the perfect texture) and the heavy cream. Cover and shake vigorously until the mixture because thick like whipped topping.
You can also use a whisk to beat vigorously or even a handheld mixer. If you can get a cheap little hand frother, then you are golden!
How To Assemble Your Cold Brew Coffee
Place a desired amount of syup in the bottom of a glass, top with ice. Pour coffee over ice. Prepare the cold foam with the desired amount of syrup and spoon the cold foam over your coffee. Garnish with toased coconut if desired.
Can Cold Brew Coffee Be Heated?
You can drink cold brew warm, by add boiling hot water to a mug, remove half of the cup of water and top the mug with the desired amount of cold brew concentrate.
You can also add water to your concentrate and heat it in the microwave.
You can even add the concentrate to freshly brewed drip coffee for an extra kick in your hot coffee!
It’s easy to cold brew coffee at home so you can save that coffee shop money!
This cold brew coffee recipe is really simple to make, it only takes a little time. But as with most things that take time, it is well worth it
- 1 cup coarse coffee grounds
- 4-5 cups cold water
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- ½ cup 2 % milk
- ½ cup whipping cream
- Combine grounds and water in a large container. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Strain coffee over a fine-mesh sieve. Strain again through a coffee filter.
- While the coffee sits, prepare the simple syrup by boiling equal parts water and sugar over medium heat. When the sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture reduces and thickens. Remove from heat and stir in extract.
- In a glass jar or a bowl, add desired amount of syrup to flavor the cold foam along with milk and cream. Place a lid on the jar and shake vigorously until thick. A wisk or hand mixer can also be used.
- Place desired amount of simple syrup in a glass and top with ice. Top with cold brew and a spoonful of cold foam. Garnish with coconut if desired.
Simple syrup can be stored covered in the fridge for up to two weeks. If to thick, thin the syrup by whisking in a little water.
Amount Per Serving Calories 263Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 43mgSodium 123mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 0gSugar 26gProtein 5g