How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in a French Press

Uh, who else is struggling after the long weekend? Craig and I took the camper and a bunch of friends out to the beach and had an absolute blast:

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Now I’m sunburnt, dehydrated and trying to bounce back into the swing of things. What better time to blog about a great summertime caffeine fix?

My good friend who is a a labor and delivery nurse taught me this trick. She works 12 hour high pressure(!) shifts and then comes home to two small kiddos so she clearly appreciates coffee. She said she could not get into drinking her Chike Protein Coffee with just cold water so she added it to cold brewed coffee for a more delicious and caffeinated treat. I was like wait, hold up, what? Because I survive on Starbuck’s iced coffee (black, light ice) but at $2.88/ea it gets a little pricey.  I mean really, $3 for a tiny cup of black coffee?

If you are any kind of a coffee lover then you probably already have (or you desperately freaking need) a French press. They make the best coffee. I don’t do it every single morning because the process is a little longer than a traditional coffee maker but the work is well worth it, I promise. We save it for weekends or special occasions when we feel fancy and buy the fresh ground coffee in the grocery store. They create the best tasting brew. They also make great gifts for newlyweds, housewarming or any occasion for a coffee snob. I did some Amazon research and found these options:

1-cup French Coffee Press : $8.99, good reviews, good for a budget beginner

Cafe du Chateau French Press: $18.95, Amazon best seller, excellent reviews

Le Creuset Stoneware 27 oz French Press: $67.95, this one is beautiful and would make a great fancy-schmancy wedding gift

Cold Brewed Coffee

You will need:

  • French press
  • ground coffee: I’ve just been using my normal Folger’s medium blend. It is fun to experiment with the flavored fresh grounds in the grocery store.

1- Add ground coffee and cold water to your French press. Determining your water:coffee ratio is kind of trial and error. I make my pressed coffee the same way I make my coffee in the mornings which is about 1 tablespoon of coffee per cup being made. I say just jump in and start trying.

2- Do not “press” the grounds. Place the entire press in the fridge to brew for 24-36 hours. It will look like this:

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3- After anxiously waiting for one full day remove from the fridge and finally “Press” your grounds. I was told not to let them brew for longer than 36 hours as the coffee will begin breaking down.

4- Serve plain over ice, with your Chike, added to smoothies or with your favorite creamer. I sometimes dilute with cold water because this stuff is as potent as jet fuel. I enjoy it most post workout in the early afternoon. It makes a great pick-me-up when a hot cup of coffee just doesn’t sound good anymore.

You can store any leftover coffee in a mason jar in your fridge. One brew will last me 3-4 days.

Enjoy! Much love,

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