Warmer days often call for colder, refreshing drinks and coffee is no different. Often, people will head out to their local coffee shop to order their favourite iced coffee. That’s cool but it’s also quite expensive. But don’t worry, you can also make cold brew coffee in a French Press from the comfort of your own home at a much lower cost.
Before we get to the recipe, it’s worth pointing out that cold brew coffee isn’t the same thing as a coffee shop iced drink.
That’s just regular brewed coffee that’s poured over ice or mixed with other cold ingredients.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold brew is the process of steeping ground coffee beans in cold water for up to 48 hours.
Unlike more common brewing methods that use heat to extract the caffeine and flavour from coffee beans, cold brew relies on time to get the job done.
Once the brewing process is complete, you’re left with a concentrated coffee that is usually diluted and combined with other ingredients.
The process of steeping coffee beans in cold water leads to loads of benefits including reduced acidity and anti-ageing antioxidants.
The point of this post is to teach you how to use your French Press to make cold brew.
However, there are also other specifically designed products that you can buy to get the job done if you fancy making another purchase or are intending to brew regularly.
Below are two kinds of products that use different methods to produce cold brew.
The Ovalware Cold Brew Maker uses the immersion brewing method.
Ground coffee beans are steeped in cold water inside the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.
There are a couple of advantages to using the Ovalware cold brew maker. Labels on the product make it easy to know how much ground coffee to add. This negates the need for a scale. The airtight lid will also allow you to store your coffee in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Slow Drip Method
Alternatively, you could opt for the Toddy Cold Brew System which uses the slow drip brewing method.
Water slowly drips over coffee grounds. As the water drains through the grounds, it then passes through a filter and the extracted coffee is collected in a glass decanter.
The slow drip method creates a different tasting coffee because the coffee beans aren’t steeped in water. The end result is a brighter tasting product but it’s often not as full-bodied.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in a French Press
Although specially designed coffee makers are probably going to give you the best results, you can actually use a French Press to make cold brew.
What You’ll Need
- French Press
- Coarsely ground coffee beans
- Measure your coffee grounds. As you’re using a French Press, you’ll want to use a coarse grind. You can use a scale to measure your coffee but can also use a ratio between 1:4 and 1:5 parts coffee to water.
- Add cold water. Once your coffee grounds have been placed in the French Press, add your desired amount of water. Push any floating grounds under the surface level but don’t stir too much.
- Wait. Set the French Press aside or place in a fridge and allow the coffee to steep for 12-24 hours.
- Plunge. Press the French Press plunger down slowly and then pour the coffee into a suitable container.
- Enjoy. Your cold brew coffee is now ready to drink. Feel free to add some extras such as sugar and milk to suit your personal taste.
That’s all there is to it. If you decide that cold brew is the go-to choice for you then you might want to upgrade to a specifically designed coffee maker.
Nevertheless, a French Press certainly does the job well enough and can save you a bit of cash.
Whatever way you decide to make your cold brew, enjoy. You’ve earned it!