Use a French press or coarser to make your own cold brew coffee at home for the smoothest cup of java ever.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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  • Combine 1/2 pound coffee grounds with 6 cups cold water in a large pitcher or glass jar. Let stand 5 minutes.

  • Add remaining coffee grounds and 3 cups cold water, making sure all the grounds are wet. Cover, and let steep, at room temperature for 12 hours or in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

  • Pass mixture through a fine sieve set over a medium bowl; discard coffee grounds. Line sieve with a standard coffee filter and pass mixture through again; discarding any remaining sediment. Pour coffee concentrate into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

  • To serve, dilute concentrate with an equal proportion of water or milk.

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Rating: 4.0 stars
As a professional Barista, I state from experience that this recipe can easily be simplified, with the same smooth-taste results---USE A FRENCH PRESS, plain and simple. No filtering/re-filtering necessary. Just add freshly ground coffee, fill with filtered room temperature water, stir, put on the lid, stash in the fridge for 20 hrs., or on the counter for 12 hrs. When time's up, press down the lid pump, and you're left with a great cup of cold java; without hassle. And it's a wonderful added touch to save any leftover black coffee and freeze into ice cubes for the next day!!
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We, too, use the Toddy system of cold brew.  Hard to drink anything else now.
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LOVE this recipe! I made it and now Im hooked!  The flavour turns out really smooth :)
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I have a Toddy coffee maker, which cuts all the hassle of the straining as it has filters and a carafe for straining and storing.  I've been drinking this for many years.  You never see that slick oil on the top and the coffee is smooth.  Love cold brew.