How to Cold-Press Coffee

By Willow Sidhe

Cold-press coffee is made using the cold brew method. There are numerous expensive cold-press coffee kits available on the market today. However, you can make your own for mere pennies, and you don't have to buy any extra equipment. This recipe yields approximately 9 cups of cold-press coffee concentrate, which makes around 30 to 40 cups of coffee, depending on desired strength.

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Cold-Press Coffee

Step 1

Add 1 lb. of medium to coarse ground coffee to a large metal or glass bowl. Add 4 cups of cold water, and stir to combine.

Step 2

Wait approximately 5 minutes, and then add an additional 5 cups of cold water to the coffee mixture. Stir to combine.

Step 3

Cover the bowl with a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap, making sure it's stretched taut and doesn't fall into the coffee mixture.

Step 4

Place the bowl in the refrigerator and allow it to sit overnight or at least 10 to 12 hours. If time is an issue, the brew should be okay after 8 hours, but it will be less flavorful.

Step 5

Remove the cold-press coffee mixture from the fridge, and strain it through a fine mesh strainer lined with a thin coffee filter into a large drink pitcher or clean milk jug. You now have a cold brew coffee concentrate, which should be stored in the refrigerator when not in use.

Step 6

To serve your cold-press coffee, add 1 part of the brewed concentrate with 2 parts water over ice. Add milk and sugar to taste, if desired. To make hot coffee, add 1 part concentrate with 3 parts cold water, and microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the desired temperature is reached.