Make Cold Brew Coffee Easily with a French Press

I love coffee. This is...not shocking news, I know. I love the taste. I love the smell. I love the ritual. I love how it makes me feel so loved when Shawn gets up early to brew me a cup. 

As we roll into summer, I start to crave cold brew coffee. Cold brew coffee is not the same thing as iced coffee. Iced coffee is coffee that's been brewed regularly (with heat) and then cooled down. Cold brew coffee doesn't introduce heat to the equation at all. Cold brew is less acidic, and tastes almost sweet. It's smoother than iced coffee. And it's ridiculously easy to make, especially with a French Press.

I blogged about my love for cold brew years ago but I've since simplified the process.

I use the Bodum Brazil 8-cup French Press. I put 1/2 cup coarsely ground coffee in the bottom, top it with cold water, give it a quick stir, pop the lid on (without depressing the plunger) and let it sit on the counter (at room temperature!) for approximately 12 hours. Then plunge and pour your delicious cold brew into a vessel that can be covered to store in the fridge (I put mine in a 1L mason jar).

To serve, pour cold brew over ice and top with milk. You'll have to play around to find your perfect ratio but I find 1:1:1 is a great place to start. Add sweetener or a splash of cream if you're feeling fancy. Enjoy! Preferably while sitting on the patio in a sunbeam.