Do you love drinking coffee? No, I’m not talking about instant coffee. I’m talking about the brewed type here, the real deal that you enjoy in coffee shopsl. If you are a coffee lover, you are sure to have tried a number of different types of brewed coffee – espresso, Americano, latte, and even cold brew. If you add up the amount of money you’ve spent enjoying those delicious cups, I bet it would be a fortune. But have you ever wondered how brewed coffee is made? And did you know that you can brew your own coffee at home? Cold brew can be made at home, too. No special machine and no barista needed, just this DIY cold brew coffee and brewer tutorial. So relax, keep on reading and then let’s get brewing.
Brewed Coffee Versus Cold Brew Coffee
There are a lot of different ways to brew coffee. The Pour-Over method involves pouring hot water over freshly ground coffee but you can also make brewed coffee by adding freshly ground coffee to hot water, also called the Immersion Brewing method. But how do you make cold brew coffee? Do you just add ice to your brewed coffee or pour some brewed coffee into a glass full of ice? Nope, that would be iced coffee. And yes, they are different from each other. Basically, cold brew coffee can be made the same way as brewed coffee but using cold water instead of hot water. It is then served over ice. The perfect drink to both wake you up and cool you down on a warm day.
DIY Cold Brew Coffee And Brewer Tutorial
As promised, here is how to enjoy your very own cold brew coffee without leaving the comforts of your home. This tutorial will also teach you how to make a cold brew DIY coffee brewer, double filtration method. Invite friends over to your house for a coffee party and some catching up. Wow them with the smooth and rich taste of your very own coffee creation. This DIY cold brew coffee is way, way better than iced coffee because it has a more caffeinated taste. Your friends have a hard time believing when you say it’s a DIY cold brew coffee.
What You Need:
- 6 ounces (170 grams) coffee beans, well roasted
- 6 cups cold water (or more)
- 1 felt sheet
- 6 small coffee filters (or 2 large filters, or whatever size is available)
- 2-liter plastic bottle
- coffee grinder
- narrow-mouthed glass jar
- digital kitchen scale
1. Carefully cut off the bottom part of your 2-liter plastic bottle.
2. Place the bottle neck-down in a narrow-mouthed glass jar. The glass jar will act as the stand for your DIY coffee brewer.
3. Fold the felt sheet as pictured. This will serve as your coffee filter.
4. Remove the bottle cap, then roll up your folded felt sheet and place in the brewer bottle. Put the cap back on and make sure it is tightly closed.
5. Using a digital kitchen scale, measure 6 ounces or 170 grams of well-roasted coffee beans. Use only good quality coffee beans as the taste of your cold brew will depend on it. If you don’t have a digital kitchen scale, please invest in one. You can find a lot of cheap digital kitchen scales in discount stores and online, which will work just fine.
6. Using a coffee grinder, grind your coffee beans on the coarsest possible setting. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, just buy fresh coffee grounds from your local market, or favorite coffee shop.
7. Distribute the coffee into 6 small coffee filters. Use whatever filter size you have as long as you put equal amounts of coffee grounds into them.
8. Secure each filter, tying them with a thread. These are now your coffee bags.
9. Place your coffee bags into your DIY coffee brewer. Fill it with 6 cups of cold water, or more. Give the water some time to soak into your coffee bags before pouring more.
10. Let it brew for around 12-24 hours. The one in the picture was brewed for a good 14 hours.
11. Remove the bottle cap from your DIY coffee brewer. Wait for your DIY cold brew coffee to slowly start dripping – good things happen to those who wait, so be patient.
12. Hang on, we’re almost there!
13. Pour into a glass with ice and voila! A super delicious DIY cold brew coffee.
DIY Cold Brew Coffee, Shortcut
Try an even easier way to make cold brew coffee. Still no fancy machines, not even a coffee grinder. This tutorial made uses medium grind coffee. It is very hard to strain finely ground coffee but the coarsely ground coffee might give you a DIY cold brew coffee that is too weak for your taste. So best to stick to the middle to be safe.
What You Need:
- 2 cups fresh coffee grounds, medium grind
- 8-cup glass jar with cover
- ceramic coffee cone (or a sieve)
- coffee filter (cheesecloth or paper towel will also do, use whatever you have)
1. Put 2 cups fresh coffee grounds into the 8-cup glass jar. If you want an extra-rich tasting DIY cold brew coffee, I suggest try dark roast or espresso roast.
2. Completely fill the glass jar with water. Put the glass jar lid back and tightly close it. Give the jar a good shake to combine the water and coffee. Now, place the jar in the refrigerator for a good 12 hours.
3. Tic, toc, tic, toc. Time is up! Let’s get straining! If you have a ceramic coffee cone, place the coffee filter inside then strain or use a sieve lined with cheesecloth. No cheesecloth? No problem! You can also use paper towel to line your sieve. No need to buy, just use whatever you have available. Don’t forget to be patient with this step. For a good coffee, it is always worth the wait.
4. This recipe makes 6 glasses of pretty strong cold brew. It is always best to share!
How Do You Want Your DIY Cold Brew Coffee?
DIY cold brew coffee is very easy to adjust to suit your taste and your caffeine addiction. Use it concentrated for baking or drink it as is (espresso, DIY version?). You can also dilute it with some water if you want it a bit lighter (cold Americano, anyone?), or perhaps some cold milk or cream (cold latte!). Be creative, experiment with it to find your favorite mix. Or try this tested next level DIY cold brew coffee recipe.