How Do You Cold Brew Coffee?


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One simple way to cold-brew coffee is to first steep coffee grounds in room temperature water for at least 12 hours. Line a fine-mesh strainer with a coffee filter and slowly pour the coffee through the filter and into another container. Transfer the strained coffee into a pitcher and refrigerate until it is thoroughly chilled.

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  1. Steep the coffee

    Place coarsely ground coffee into a large pitcher, then fill it up with room temperature water. For a 2-quart pitcher, use 1 3/4 cup coffee grounds and 3 1/2 cups of water. Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap, and leave it to steep at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.

  2. Strain the coffee

    Insert a coffee filter inside of a fine-mesh sieve, and hold it over a large mixing bowl. Pour the coffee slowly through the coffee filter and into the bowl. Stop when the solid coffee grounds at the bottom of the pitcher start to fall into the sieve. Discard the remaining solids from the strainer and pitcher.

  3. Chill the coffee

    Wash out the pitcher thoroughly, then pour the strained coffee back into it. Cover the pitcher, and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours or up to five days. To serve, dilute individual cups of cold-brewed coffee with milk, half-and-half or water.

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