Coffee…. mmmmmmm. That smooth black elixir of life. Nectar of the gods. The wonderful magic liquid that awakens mombies (mom zombies) and gives them hope for a new day of sunshine and rainbows. I love it all. I love hot coffee, fancy coffee, and iced coffee. And more recently, cold brew coffee.
I’m not usually one to try new things. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? I am a creature of habit, I like doing the same things, and too much newness has been known to give me anxiety.
So I don’t usually branch out. BUT COFFEE. And then I kept seeing recipes and posts about it, and it convinced me.
In the summertime, I love having iced coffee. It’s cold, sweet, and perfect for the hot, humid days of North Carolina. But making iced coffee with hot coffee is gross.
I just can’t. It doesn’t work for me, it gets all watered down, and then I’m drinking too much water and not enough deliciousness and my whole routine gets thrown off. Sunshine and rainbows go out the window.
So maybe that’s a little dramatic, but you get the picture. So I attempted cold brew coffee, and y’all, it’s perfect for iced coffee. Just dilute it, add your milk and ice, and done. Sounds easy right?
It is! Cold brew coffee is pretty much the easiest way to make coffee, and it’s made in bulk so that it’s ready for multiple days. What if I made it even easier?
Cold Brew Coffee
- Quart jar filled with water
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup coffee grounds
That’s seriously all it takes. Put it together, shake it up and let it sit for 10 or so hours and then strain it into your jar of choice. You’ll have to adjust the strength for how strong you like your coffee, but that’s just trial and error.
Now, my husband and I drink a good bit of coffee, so I figured I needed to make several batches to save time (just like with my lemon water). I strained it into a gallon jug with a spout, and then topped it off with water.
Cold brew coffee is concentrated, so you want to make sure you dilute it before drinking it or you’ll get all jittery and hyped up (not that I have done that…). Once that’s done, you’ve got coffee on tap. Just fill your cup with ice, add the coffee from the spout, and add your milk.
It can also be heated if you like your coffee hot in the summertime (but honestly, who wants to drink something hot when it’s hot out?)
My next project is going to save a ton of time – coffee via IV (ha! totally kidding… kinda. Don’t judge).
This totally helps with giving me more time to ease into my day without actually having to prepare anything. I am not a morning person since my thyroid started getting all crazy.
You can even make this recipe with your mushroom coffee, which makes it not only delicious, but healthy!
What kinds of things do you do to save time and make things easier in the morning?
This was originally written in July 2016. It was updated in May 2018.
Julie @ Logger's Wife says
I love making cold brew coffee but I always just pour it from a quart jar. I love the idea of making larger batches and putting it in a jar with a spout. So simple! #Titus2Tuesday
Right? It’s so simple, but it makes a huge difference! I’m all about saving time 🙂 Thanks for visiting!
Well, that sure is simple! I should try it, since we’re actually getting some hot weather up in Canada right now.
Yes, give it a try… Warm weather, get carried away! 😉
Stefani, this is FANTASTIC!! I’ve been looking for a good way to make iced coffee, and nothing has done it for me. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much..and enjoy!
Thanks Lucie! Hope you enjoy it 🙂 It makes some killer iced coffee, for sure!
Marge S. says
Hi Stefani! You sold me. I’ve made cold brew coffee in a coffee press before, but this is even better because I can make more at one time. I’m going to go make a batch right now. Pinning this one. Thanks so much! (Dropping by from Let’s Get Real Blog Hop #150)
Thanks for stopping by Marge! Hope you enjoy the convenience of it! I’ve been loving just being able to have it whenever I want it 🙂 SO easy!
Amila @ Food Corner says
This sounds really good idea to make iced coffee.Specialy,I like because of the tap there.It is easy to use.
Yes Amila, the tap makes it so easy! I’ll never go back to making iced coffee with hot coffee again! Ew 😉
I like this idea especially having a glass jar with the tap attached and it sure makes having that iced coffee that people love very easy to make and keep on hand. Using the coffee grounds is also recycling and saving money which we all need to do. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!.
Nikki Frank-Hamilton says
Stefani, this sounds almost too easy! I love that I don’t have to brew it, pour it, dump it, mix it…I just add the grounds, strain and drink! Simple. I think even I can do this. My daughter loves iced coffee and this will save her money on Starbucks! Brilliant!
It’s so easy! I’m the same way with my iced coffee, but I can’t bring myself to pay $4 for one now when I’ve got a gallon at home 🙂
What a great idea, Stefani. I’m off to share this on Pinterest. 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Barbara! 🙂
Mary-the boondocks blog says
Now I really like that idea about the IV and coffee. It sure would save us all lots of coffee cup washing. I love your idea and am one of those that cannot live without my morning cup, and my midday cup, and my… well you get the idea. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Inspiration. I’ll be pinning.
I totally get it, I’m the same way! IV coffee seems like it would just answer all of the problems 😉
Melissa @ My Darla Clementine says
This is a fun idea of putting it on tap. We usually just keep it on portable jars. I think we have the same drink dispensers! (Though ours have drinking water in one, and kombucha in the other. :)) Thanks for linking up to Simply Natural Saturdays!
I’ve done jars too, and it’s even easier to put it on tap. I’ve really enjoyed having it so accessible 🙂
Urgh…mornings can be tough. Whatever gets you going is fine in my book. Thanks for this tutorial on making cold brew coffee on tap – love love love the concept.
I used to love mornings, until I got my autoimmune disease. Now mornings are so rough. The coffee totally helps!