You may have noticed it popping up on menus at small cafes and large coffee chains, and even appearing on grocery store shelves. Cold brew coffee is not a new idea; it can be traced all the way back to the 1600s in Japan, but has been rising in popularity in recent years.
Cold brewing is a method that takes a longer period of time — about 12 hours — with room temperature or cold water. Yes, it requires a little bit of planning ahead, but it’s worth it! Brewing at a lower temperature results in lower acidity and a smooth coffee concentrate with virtually no bitterness. In fact, it’s so smooth that you can skip any added syrups, milk or other flavoring and save yourself the calories.
Still prefer flavored coffee? Here are some options that are better for you than artificial flavors and sweeteners:
If you still want to use a sweetener, opt for something like honey, agave nectar or stevia that is more natural.
Servings: 2 glasses
The resulting coffee concentrate keeps up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Before serving, dilute the coffee concentrate with water using a 1:1 ratio. Enjoy over ice.
Pro tip: Use some of the cold brew to make coffee ice cubes. Coffee ice cubes are a great way to avoid diluting your coffee.