Cold-brew coffee is one of those drinks that sounds extra fancy, but it's actually just an easy way to make iced coffee. The key is to let coarsely ground coffee beans steep for a long time, until the water becomes infused with coffee flavor, and more importantly perhaps, the caffeine. Once you’ve got your own batch of concentrate, you can make anything with it. There’s the obvious iced coffee, but try it in place of the liquid in a banana-peanut butter smoothie, or blended with vanilla ice cream for a java milkshake.
Stir together ground coffee beans and water in a large bowl or lidded container. Cover and steep at room temperature for at least 10 hours and up to 1 day.
Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set inside a large bowl. Pour coffee mixture through strainer, pressing with a spoon to encourage draining. Discard coffee grounds. Store coffee concentrate in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Perfect Iced Coffee (Serves 1)
½ cup coffee concentrate
2 tsp. light agave nectar or simple syrup
¼ cup half-and-half or whole milk
Fill a 16-ounce glass with ice. Add concentrate, ½ cup water, and agave nectar; stir to combine. Top with half-and-half.
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