Cold brew coffee is all the rage these days, and for good reason! It's smooth, it's rich, and it has less acidity than regular coffee, meaning it's easier on your stomach. Best of all, it's easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients. All you need is a french press and some coarsely ground coffee beans. Keep reading to find out how to make cold brew french press coffee in just four simple steps!

Brew Ratio:

  1. Grounds to water ratio: 1:6 by weight. In grams, this is 140 grams of coffee to 840 grams of water. In cups,  2 cups of ground coffee and 3 ½ cups of water.
  2. Cold brew concentrate to water ratio: 1:1. When you French press cold brew, you'll end up with a pitcher of concentrate.

Step One: Grind Your Beans
Remember, when making cold brew coffee you'll need to start with coarsely ground beans. If you don't have a grinder at home, you can usually find pre-ground beans at your local grocery store (just make sure to check the label to see that they're meant for french press!). Once you have your beans, put them in the french press and give them a quick shake so that they're evenly distributed.

Step Two: Add Water
Next, it's time to add water. You'll want to use cold or room temperature water for this recipe so that your coffee doesn't end up too bitter. Fill the french press about three-quarters of the way full, making sure not to go over the "max fill" line. Slowly pour the water into the french press, being careful not to disturb the grounds too much. Once all of the water is added, give the mixture a gentle stir with a spoon.

Step Three: Steep
Now it's time for the fun part--steeping! Put the lid on your french press (but don't push down on the plunger just yet) and let the mixture sit for 12-24 hours. The longer you let it steep, the stronger your coffee will be. After 12-24 hours have passed, it's finally time to plunge. Slowly push down on the plunger until it reaches the bottom of the french press. Be careful not to dig through the grounds as you do this--you don't want them in your final cup of coffee!

Step Four: Pour and Enjoy
Once you've pressed all of the liquid out of the mixture, it's time to pour yourself a cup and enjoy! Remember this is concentrate and you nead to add water to your coffee to make the perfect cup. Use a 1:1 ratio. You can serve your cold brew black or over ice, with milk or cream if desired.  Enjoy!

That's it--you've now made delicious cold brew coffee right in your own kitchen! This type of coffee is perfect for hot summer days or any time you want a smooth, rich cup of java without harsh acidity. Cold brew concentrate also keeps well in the fridge for up to two weeks, so feel free to make a big batch and enjoy it all week long! Bon appetit!

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