I’m not the loveliest person early in the morning. I don’t jump out of bed and start doing yoga poses and singing show tunes. In the mornings I wake up anticipating my first sip of coffee. A strong brew that seeps caffeine into my veins.
I recently killed my coffee maker. It was an accident. I set it on my oven to make more counter space. The oven was too hot and my coffee maker melted–a total “Oh Sh*t!” moment. I think the universe is trying to tell me that I really do deserve one of those fancy Nespresso machines. In the meantime, I’m making cold brewed coffee.
Coffee lover or not, cold brewed is definitely worth trying. Extracting the flavor without heat results in coffee that is smooth and flavorful and lacks the acidic bite heat brewing produces. It’s the perfect way to start your day and would certainly win you points with any mom this Sunday.
Cold Brewed Coffee
Makes 2 cups
1/3 cup coffee grounds
1 1/4 cup room temperature water (I use filtered water…like many of my fellow Americans, I have a fear of tap)
In a cup or French press combine coffee and water. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes then give it a stir. Cover with plastic wrap and allow it to sit at room temperature overnight 12-24 hours–make it in the evening and it’s ready for the morning! The longer it sits, the better the flavor.
Give the coffee mixture one last stir. Place a coffee filter (you can use paper, but I use the one that came with my coffee maker) over a sieve and strain the mixture through. Divide the brew amongst 2 cups and dilute with cold or hot water to your desired strength. I like to add 1/2 cup of water to each cup.
“I don’t know how people live without coffee, I really don’t.”