Iced coffee is generally brewed hot and poured over ice and milk. Sometimes it is served with a scoop of ice cream. Cold coffee was a childhood staple – that version was more of a sweet shake. It was prepared with instant coffee and had a lot of milk and sugar. My family believed that children should not drink tea or coffee. It was when I came to Bangalore, to study, that my love affair with coffee started. And we have been going strong for the past 15 years.
Recently, my husband introduced me to a new brewing method, cold brew coffee. I took to it from the first sip. It has become my go-to drink for warm days.
Cold brewed coffee is quite different from cold coffee. Incredibly easy to prepare, flavorful, and with its own benefits this is a lovely addition to my brewing methods. The long-brewing method is a gentle process that yields a sweeter brew which can be easily had by itself or with some ice. If I’m in an indulgent mood then I add some Baileys or Condensed Milk.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
Active preparation time: three minutes, Total steep time: 24 – 48 hours
- Drop one cup ground coffee into a glass jug. Add 3 cups of cold water to the pitcher and cover.
- Steep coffee in the refrigerator or outside for 24 – 48 hours.
- Filter using a coffee filter or muslin cloth.
- Serve as is or with additional water, milk, coconut milk, condensed milk, mint, or any other topping of your choice.Tip: Serve in a tall glass filled halfway with ice. For a bolder taste, skip the ice.