I love coffee BUT I do not drink it…that often. When I was pregnant with my son I gave up coffee cold turkey. After my son was born I somehow miraculously made it through the first few weeks without any caffeine, and at that point I was not going to start again. I was off the caffeine bus and have no intention of jumping back on. Surprisingly the cold months of the year when most people crave a nice hot cup of java is not when I miss coffee the most, it is on a nice hot summer morning when I dream about a tumbler sweating with condensation, filled with ice and smooth floral cold press coffee.
Cold press coffee is my vice, and since it has been so hot this summer I have been making it for my husband and I quite frequently. I still am careful about having too much caffeine, but a nice cold press every few days isn’t going to do me in! I have been in love with cold press for a long time, always ordering it at coffee shops never knowing how crazy easy it is to make at home. Seriously cold press coffee is so so so easy to make at home everyone should be doing it.
I use my trusty french press but if you don’t have one at home you can use a container that can be covered (it just might be a tad harder to strain the grounds out). Along with my trusty french press the most important part of cold press is having freshly ground coffee, so I recommend local whole beans and grinding them yourself right before making.
Once your coffee grounds are in cold water you will let it set overnight and in the morning you will have concentrated cold press coffee! Now that you have your concentrate you will want to mix it with water, milk, and sweeteners to make a delicious beverage, most people prefer a 1:1 ratio of concentrate to water/milk. You can play with the level of added liquid to your taste, if you are like me I like a 1:1 ratio of concentrate to water, if you are like my manly husband you might enjoy it at its full strength. Now grab your french press, lets make some coffee!
Once you have made cold press a few times it will become a piece of cake and you will find yourself making it all of the time, your welcome! The concentrate will keep for a while in an airtight container in the fridge but lets be real it won’t last long 😉
- 3/4 cup whole coffee beans
- 4 cups of room temperature or cold water
- Use a coffee grinder to grind coffee beans course.
- Add coffee grounds to french press.
- Add water to french press and stir together.
- Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator 12-24 hours.
- Plunge the french press.
- (optional) if you do not like the extra grit that is associated with a french press or you do not have a french press strain the concentrate through a cheese cloth or large coffee filter.
- In a glass mix concentrate with water and/or milk at a 1:1 ratio over ice, sweeten if preferred.
And join me tomorrow for my favorite drink to make using your newly made cold press concentrate!
Peace & Love
The Schmidty Wife