Sometimes the best things in life are served cold.
And what's one of the best things in life? Coffee. This one's for those who love their iced coffee. What I usually do at home is make a hot brew with minimal water then add ice and cold water. When I was looking for iced coffee recipes online I stumbled upon cold brewing. Who would've thought? And yes, there's another version for tea as well so do look it up.
When it comes to cold brewing, the formula is simple: 1:8 ratio of coffee grounds and water. You do need a sterilized container that can be sealed shut. A large mason jar works well with this too! You can search for easy ways on how to do sterilize jars. Of course, there are coffee makers dedicated to cold brewing but you can manage to whip up your own with few materials you can find at home.
In your container, pour in the coffee grounds and make sure this is equal to 1/8 parts of the container. Then fill in your cold water. Stir until it's mix then seal your container shut. Store in the fridge and allow this to steep for 18-24 hours.
When brewed, strain into a large bowl to remove the the coffee grounds then transfer into the container (make sure to wash and sterilize!). The result? A lovely drink with a hint of sweetness. This is all thanks to the far gentler infusion process which produced a drink of lower acidity. Serve with some milk, ice and syrup or just about anything that rocks your boat.
Cover and refrigerate the rest – the wonderful thing about this stuff is that if stored properly, it will stay good for a month or so due to the brew's low acidity.
So there you have it! How do you like your coffee? Cold or smoking hot? Or are you more of a tea person? Share with us in the comments. See you in next week's Food 101 post!
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