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So I gave making cold brew coffee a try...

andieb Aug 31, 2009 09:04 AM

...and it's delicious! The stuff is like rocket fuel, and I love my coffee. I would recommend to anyone who likes their iced coffee strong!

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    Aimee Aug 31, 2009 09:18 AM

    Sounds great. How do you do it?

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      andieb Aug 31, 2009 09:41 AM

      It was somewhat of an experiment. I used 24 oz of TJ's Bay Blend Coffee, coarsely ground and added 1 gallon of water. I let it sit overnight and strained through a mesh sieve a couple of times. It's a very potent brew, I drank two 16oz iced coffees yesterday morning and was buzzed for about five hours! It does the trick..

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        katecm Aug 31, 2009 10:07 AM

        FYI, if you have a French press, it's super-easy to make.

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          andieb Aug 31, 2009 10:09 AM

          i agree, but with the quantity I made this seemed the best route to go..

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          josey124 Sep 1, 2009 08:13 AM

          How much coffee do you use for one cup of coffee? (Like a Grande or Venti at Starbucks)

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            katecm Sep 1, 2009 08:27 AM

            I use my French press, which I think is a 32 ounce. For that, I use about 2/3 cup of coffee. Fill the rest with cold water, let it sit overnight, and press in the morning.

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        HillJ Aug 31, 2009 12:05 PM

        Oh andieb, the best iced coffee is achieved using the cold brew method. Next time you whip up a batch of base, add a vanilla bean, amazing!

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          jcarlile Aug 31, 2009 01:13 PM

          I think you just made my day. Who'd have thought to add a vanilla bean?! ? I bet it is seriously delicious

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            HillJ Aug 31, 2009 01:29 PM

            Trust me jcarlile, so worth the 5 seconds to add the bean!

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            andieb Sep 1, 2009 08:01 AM

            oh I will, I have a feeling I'll be making this every week! :) thanks for the tip!

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              KoreyAusTex Jul 31, 2010 08:45 PM

              Add some chicory too, gives it a very New Orleans Iced coffee taste, I would try the vanilla bean but I don't like the taste, except for iced cream. Any other suggestions?

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                HillJ Aug 1, 2010 05:13 AM

                Since my last comment I've gone thru a number of vanilla bean alternatives...crushed cinnamon bark, one green cardamon pod, a grind of nutmeg, a grind of ginger, some cocoa powder...experiment.

                This summer Starbucks added a "summer bean" to their offerings specifically for cold brew methods. It was okay. I still prefer creating a concentrate from freshly ground beans (these days New Guinea) and keeping that in the frig to use each week. I also tried making a vanilla bean infused simple syrup to add to the iced coffee and liked that method even more than adding the v bean while grinding coffee beans.

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              shallots Sep 1, 2009 12:42 PM

              I'd forgotten how much I loved cold brewed coffee.
              I first discovered the commercial version in some of the better non-chain grocery stores in New Orleans, back (way back) before Katrina.
              They sold it in one of the plastic containers with two tops and in which you can measure a half a liquid oz. or half an oz and just pour that much off.
              Wish I had saved a few of them.

              Thanks for the reminder.
              And me with some Community dark blend with chicory.

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                oakjoan Sep 1, 2009 12:50 PM

                When I was a kid, my mother had some friends from the Netherlands. The grandmother always made cold-brewed coffee. I was too young to think coffee was anything but swill, but I remember the big jar of coffee sitting on the kitchen counter.

                Does anybody know anything about the history of cold-brewed coffee?

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                jvanderh Jul 31, 2010 10:53 PM

                I tried it too, but was much less impressed. it tasted more bitter than regular coffee (which, I guess, is why people describe it as a concentrate to be watered down), but from what I've read, and the laws of science, has less caffeine, ounce for ounce, than hot brewed coffee. I think I'm going back to brewing and icing.

                1. amyzan Aug 1, 2010 12:07 PM

                  I've been using the NYT recipe this summer: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/din... My fave thus far is Ethiopian Yergacheffe, which makes a delicious citrusy, chocolatey brew best drunk black.

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