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Iced Coffee Days

I have to admit that technology has defeated me and ruined my ritualistic morning affair with coffee. I used to wake up in the mornings, wash my face, brush my teeth, and turn on the stove while making the preparations for my delicious Turkish coffee. That’s a thing of the past now and Turkish coffee has become a special occasion a couple of times a year. Pressing a button on a super automatic coffee machine is much more concurrent and enabling in my slothish behaviors.

Nonetheless, I do prefer my coffee with a buzz, so I do make a mean cup of joe. Because it’s so strong, I’m perfectly satisfied with one cup of caffeine bomb in the morning, but the afternoon often finds me craving a little more coffee. Far from being a coffee fiend, I do make a case of always having a sealed jar of cold-brew coffee in the fridge, thus always having a go-to for that afternoon caffeine craving. I find that cold brew is amazingly easy to make and I would like to see more people making cold-brewed coffee at home instead of spending some serious amounts for it in the coffee shops. Of course, there are really good products on the market for making cold-brew coffee, machines that fit well in your kitchen, but for those who prefer not to spend on such things, a standard French press or a Mason jar will do the trick. In fact any coffee will do it, as long as you coll it down very fast, so the coffee doesn’t oxidizes. If you are srill looking for that brewing technique that is a perfect fit for you and your lifestyle, here is ten ways to brew coffee. Anyway, back to my cold brew coffee recipe, just read on.2

Cold-Brewing at Home

  • In order to avoid cloudiness in your coffee, choose the most coarse setting on your grinder;
  • Wash/sterilize a large Mason jar (approximately 1:8 coffee-to-water ratio), pour the grounds in the jar, and add cold water;
  • Stir slowly until the two are blended, put the lid on and leave it to steep either in the fridge or at room temperature for anywhere between 18 and 24 hours;
  • After it’s brewed, get rid of the larger grounds with the help of a sieve or paper towel sheets. Repeat this action until there’s no more residue on the bottom;
  • Pour a cup, seal the jar, and put it in the fridge. That is all.

Going back to my coffee drinking rituals, once the evening settles in, I may indulge in a tasty latte or cappuccino, but my coffee machine takes care of that for me. I find that most of the people I know also drink about three coffee drinks a day. I also find that all of the people who come by are blown away by my cold brew jar and how cold-brew coffee is so much sweeter, so much higher in caffeine, and so much milder on the stomach than your typical brew. I always end up giving them the recipe, thus the above cold-brewing steps. For those who need a more detailed guide, this cold brew coffee guide is one of the best.