There’s absolutely nothing wrong with drinking a cup of iced coffee on a warm summer day — heck, we even recommend it. However, if you want to skip the brewing process altogether — seriously, who really wants to walk into a warm kitchen on a scorching day? — we’ve got just the no-heat-required coffee recipe for you.
It’s called cold-brew coffee and it’s about to revolutionize the way you enjoy your daily caffeine fix.
The folks at L.A. coffee house Bar Nine Collective serve a ton of this delicious stuff to their customers. Luckily, in-house coffee educator Peter Molignano shared their delicious classic cold-brew coffee recipe with us.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Take your French press (aka a glorified coffee plunger) and fill it up with half a cup of light to medium roast ground coffee beans. (Important: Make sure it’s ground to the same consistency as coarse sea salt.)
- Add three and a half cups of water into the French press.
- Next, take your plunger, position it so the mesh filter hovers just above the water line, then push it down an additional inch. (Do not froth it like a milk frother.)
- Now all you have to do is put that bad boy into the refrigerator for 48 hours. (Yes, patience is a virtue.)
- Once your concoction has relaxed in the fridge for two days, take it out and make sure the liquid is still dark. If not, it’ll just taste like tea (yuck).
- Push the plunger down very gently just enough for it to touch the grounds on the bottom.
- To serve, pour it over ice-filled cups. For an extra special touch, you can add some hazelnut milk. (If you want to make your own nutty milk, Molignano says all you have to do is add hazelnuts, a little bit of sugar and dates to your milk.)