Brewing a cup of coffee isn’t hard: you could throw coffee grounds into hot water, wait a few minutes, call it coffee and drink it. But it wouldn't exactly be the best cup of coffee out there. Luckily there are legions of coffee nerds out there who have figured out exact ways to brew near perfect cups of coffee. The issue is these methods usually require a precise attention to detail, expensive equipment and more time out of your morning routine than most people are willing or able to give. For die hard coffee nerds that’s great, but I don’t think it’s reasonable to assume that everyone is willing to spend a few hundred dollars and more than 15 minutes every day just for a better cup of coffee. This post is going to be the first in a series about how to make a better cup of coffee without breaking the bank or losing your entire morning.
Some basic rules from here on out:
We’re starting with what may be the easiest method of making coffee out there: cold brew. This is an easy method because you don’t need to worry about the temperature, and even the proportions don’t have to be exact to make a great batch of cold brew. The best part is, as long as you have a strainer and something large enough to hold a half gallon (a mixing bowl, a mason jar, a pot, anything will work), you have everything you need. These instructions are for a half gallon batch, but if you use the same ratio (1lb. of coffee to 1 gallon of water), you can brew batches as small or large as you like.
What you need:
Step 1: Measure out the coffee
Step 2: Add water
Step 3: Wait
Step 4: Strain
Step 5: Add more water, serve
If you want to learn more about why cold brew is great and what's happening when you make it, check out our old post here. Keep an eye out for more Easy Brewing posts in the future!
|*Okay, so there's one exception to the specific equipment thing: if you really want good coffee, buy yourself a coffee grinder. There’s no way around it: preground coffee is going to lose it’s flavor long before you can get through it. And not a cheap blade grinder that turns half of your coffee to dust. A manual grinder that will make your coffee many times better is incredibly inexpensive. If you don’t want to put in the effort of grinding coffee by hand (and I don’t blame you), you can still find a decent automatic burr grinder for under $100. Believe me it's worth it.|