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Make your own delicious cold-brew coffee at homeWhipping up tasty cold-brew coffee at home is easier than you might think and is an economical way to enjoy it frequently.
[MUSIC] Strong, sweet, and smooth, the chilled glass of ice cold brew is a delicious way to enjoy coffee. If you go to your cafe or your local grocery store, though, you will definitely pay through the nose. That's why it makes sense to brew your cold brew at home. Here's some tips and tricks to make sure you do it right. First off you want to start by grinding your own beans and you want to make sure you grind them coarsely. You also want to make sure you brew it nice and strong. You're looking for a ratio of about four to one water to coffee grounds. You can brew in a variety of containers. You can use a french press, a dedicated appliance, a plastic bucket or a pitcher. It really depends on where you'd like to brew. And what temperature water you'd like to use. You're going to have to budget some time for this. It takes anywhere from 12 to 24 hours for cold brew to process properly. One of the hardest parts of making cold brew at home is straining your grounds from the brewing liquid. You have to use a filter of some kind. Like a coffee filter. Or a mesh strainer. And it's a pain. You can make a mess. that's one of the major benefits of using a dedicated cold brew appliance. It will strain everything for you and you don't have to worry about anything. It's a lot less hassle. Keep in mind that your cold brew is going to be very concentrated so you're going to want cut it with some water or some ice, or milk. Maybe even some simple syrup to lighten things up a bit. Now you know how to make cold brew at home for a fraction of the price that it's sold at the store.