I have recently been getting into the cold drip ice coffee – you know the ones made in the giant glass contraptions seen in trendy cafe’s -those ones. Besides costing a small fortune and there being a shortage of trendy cafes in my area, I couldn’t really keep up this caffeine habit and decided to make my own. After some research I found it was actually quite simple to make at home, all you need is some ground coffee, water, a glass container and something to strain out the grinds.
As opposed to ice coffee, where a shot of coffee is made using hot water then chilled, cold brewed coffee doesn’t produce as much bitterness, instead allowing the smooth caramel tones of the coffee beans to come through. It’s so worth giving a go, promise.
I was going to do a plain cold brewed coffee post but I think its much better summarised here – give it a read if you want to know more. Instead I decided to experiment infusing coconut water with the coffee and found it was seriously good. This coconut water cold brew coffee is a bit sweeter and mellow than the straight up water and coffee version, beautiful on a hot summer day (and way more refreshing and lower sugar than the sugary milk version too!).
- 1x 330ml carton Coconut water
- 2 tbsp coarsely ground coffee beans
- First, take your coffee. If using whole beans, place them in a powerful blender or food processor (or coffee/spice grinder if you have one!) and grind up to a coarse grind. This shouldn't be super fine but not super chunky either.
- Place 2tbsp of your round coffee in a clean jar and pour in your coconut water. Screw on the lid and give a good shake up.
- Place in the fridge and allow to infuse for 24-48 hours. The time taken will depend on how strong you like your coffee and how coarse/fine your grind is.
- When it has brewed to your taste, line a fine mesh sieve with a clean chux cloth (doubled over) or muslin/cheesecloth/clean stocking toe and pour in the contents of your jar - make sure the chux catches all the coffee grinds. Chuck the coffee grinds in the compost or on your garden then enjoy your fresh cold brewed coconut water neat or over ice. Its ridiculously good.
To make a bigger batch, you can simply use a 1:8 coffee to liquid ratio.