I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love coffee. Despite not joining the coffee world until I was 25, I have now become an ardent fan and have been making up for lost time ever since. I really don’t think I could make it through the day without a cup or two. If it wouldn’t leave me financially bankrupt I would probably drink about 3 ice vanilla lattes a day, but the 5,000 price tag generally puts me off. The other problem is that there are no coffee shops in the barren wasteland of countryside that I work in, which really seems to limit my coffee intake. That’s why I am thrilled to have come upon this method. It’s cheap and I can whip up a coffee before I leave for work and take it with me.
Now I am no slouch in the kitchen and I’ve always figured it must be pretty damn easy to make my own bloody coffee, but alas I’ve never quite managed it until now. Vanilla syrup is insatiable easy to make or buy. Milk and ice are everywhere, it’s just the coffee that posed a problem. I bought a little coffee maker on Craigslist but the espresso just wasn’t quite good enough. I was waxing lyrically with my friend about the lack of a good espresso in my life when I was round his house one morning using his incredibly expensive hand pulled contraption, when he suggested cold brewing. A quick search on the tinternet and all my problems were solved. It’s so easy a monkey could make it. This cold brewed method provides the best coffee base for my latte ever. You could also drink it as an americano.
1 cup of ground coffee
4 cups of cold water
1 coffee filter
1. Measure out your coffee beans and grind as finely as possible. If you don’t have a coffee grinder or blender attachment then buy them from your favourite coffee shop and have them grind them for you.
2. Measure out one cup of coffee grounds. Then put them in your jar and top with the four cups of cold water. If you want your coffee even stronger you can just use 3 cups but I find this works perfectly. If you are planning on drinking it straight you may want to add more water depending on your preference. Give the jar a shake then put it in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.
3. Strain your coffee through a filter or use a mandu cloth bag that you can get in all supermarkets and places like Daiso. You can then keep the strained coffee in the fridge for at least 5 days. Also if you don’t throw away the coffee ground you can use them to make a revitalizing and cellulite busting scrub.
4. Use your lovely cold brewed coffee to make your favourite coffee drink and go about your day with a superior air of thrift and smugness as you pass all those people lining up for 5,000 drinks.