Summer Trend: Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

August 22, 2013

Cold-brewed iced coffee has been popping up at boutique coffee shops all around New York City and the Hamptons this summer. Have you all tried it? It’s insanely good, and it’s super easy to make at home. Making cold-pressed iced coffee requires minimal effort and often lends itself to a richer and less bitter finish than most regular iced concoctions made with hot water and then chilled. In a cold-pressed brew, the coffee flavor slowly seeps into the icy water, so you don’t get the bitterness and acidity that often accompanies brewing beans at high temperatures. The secret is to steep the grounds long and slow (usually overnight). I’ve been experimenting with a few different cold-brew recipes, and below is the recipe I love the best. It’s inspired by Coffee Tauk, a hip little coffee spot in Montauk, located on the tip of New York’s Long Island.

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Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee
Serving Size: 1

What I like about the cold-brewed coffee recipe from Coffee Tauk is that it’s steeped for a whopping 18 hours – a lot longer than your average cold-brew recipe – which further deepens the flavor. Feel free to make each serving as strong or as mild as you like by diluting this recipe with water, milk or a nice organic cream.

for the coffee

1/3 cup finely ground coffee
1 1/4 cup filtered, room temperature water

for the assembly

lots of ice

milk or cream to serve

dash of good sugar or a pinch of Stevia

Better-for-you ingredients

Learn more about the better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
* Cold-brewed coffee – Health beauties love cold-brewed coffee for its hint of caffeine minus the acidic affects. 

Prepare the iced coffee
Start with a good quality, ground coffee.

Place coffee and water in a large 32 ounce French press. I like to use a filtered water or bottled water because regular tap water often gives a mineral taste to the coffee. Once you’ve combined the water and the grounds, set the plunger aside, cover and place in the fridge overnight, but ideally 12-18 hours. If you don’t have a french press, use a large glass storage container with a lid.

After the coffee grounds have steeped, gently press down on the plunger until the grounds reach the bottom of the pitcher. For an extra smooth coffee, filter the cold brew through a paper filter.

Pour the iced coffee over a tall glass of ice, and add a splash of a good milk or organic cream. This iced brew is fairly concentrated, so consider diluting it with an additional splash or two of milk or water, if necessary.

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