Basic Cold Brew (using our kit)

by Lawrence Bullock, Thanksgiving Coffee

Cold Brew

Here’s an inexpensive and easy way to make astounding cold-brew coffee.

1. Using the Thanksgiving Coffee Cold Brew Kit (the basic container and the mesh bag) grind up the entire 12 oz package worth of Thanksgiving Coffee. We recommend a medium to dark roast, (unless you’d like to experiment with other roasts) at a coarse grind. We’ve already ground the package that comes with your “starter” set. If you purchase whole beans later, and decide to grind your own, you are looking for a grind roughly the same consistency as breadcrumbs. Any finer and you risk cloudy, grimy-tasting coffee.
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2. Fill the mesh bag with the ground coffee, and place it in the bottom of the empty container like a huge tea-bag, and top up the container with tap water (distilled water would be better — fewer dissolved solids means that it’ll absorb more of the coffee solids, but that’s not a huge difference).

3. Stick it in the fridge overnight. Easy peasy. In the morning, take the bag out of the container and give it a good squeeze to get the coffee liquor out of the mush inside. Voila, an amazing cold-brew concentrate that you can dilute.

4. Dilute 50/50, for example, one cup water to one cup concentrate, etc.

Cleanup is easy: invert the bag over a trashcan or garbage disposal, rinse off the bag, place somewhere clean to dry and you’re done.

This produces very, very good coffee concentrate, with only a little grit settled into the bottom of the container (easy to avoid). It may just be the cheapest and easiest cold-brewing method you’ll try.

Cold Brew Facts:

  • No fancy brewing equipment needed. If you outgrow our “starter” kit, you can expand using common household or easily acquirable items..
  • Big batch or small batch, you pick what’s best for you. The recipe is easy to scale depending on how much coffee you drink.
  • Your cold brew concentrate will last about a week in the refrigerator without losing its freshness.
  • You can mix your concentrate with water or milk, or if you are totally hard core you can drink it straight.

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