Friday, September 23, 2011

Coffee Concentrate - A How To

Welcome to our second addition of COFFEE CHRONICLES - the place you can come to every Friday to get your coffee questions answered..
This week's question comes to us from a reader who inquires about coffee concentrate and comes complete with recipe:

I love my iced coffee and see lots of recipes for cold brew "concentrates" but they never say how much to use to make the actual drink! I drink one 8 oz iced coffee a day, how much cold brew syrup should I put in there? And what do y'all think is the best recipe/method for cold brew?

Dear E.,
First to answer your question, here's my recipe for awesome coffee concentrate.

Grab a stockpot, a medium sieve, a fine sieve or cheesecloth and two mason jars with lids.

Makes 8 cups coffee concentrate

1 pound dark roast coffee, medium ground

10 cups cold water



1. Put coffee in a nonreactive container, like a stainless-steel stockpot.

Add 2 cups water, stirring gently to wet the grounds, then add remaining 8 cups water, agitating the grounds as little as possible.

Cover and let steep at room temperature for 12 hours. Yes, 12.

2. Strain coffee concentrate through a medium sieve, then again through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth ( I prefer the cloth, btw.) Transfer into mason jars.

3. To make iced coffee, fill a glass with ice, add ¼ cup coffee concentrate and 3/4 to 1 cup milk, then stir.

To make cafĂ© au lait, warm 3/4 to 1 cup milk in a saucepan or microwave, then pour into a mug and add ¼ cup coffee concentrate.

(Concentrate will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. But I use it within a week because the flavor will keep longer.)

To answer your question, I have to ask you:

1. How do you drink your coffee when you ice it?

2. When you get coffee at a shop, what do you normally order?

If you like the strength in your coffee, go with the recipe above as it carries a punch, especially with the dark roast of the coffee. 1/4th of a cup is quite a bit for a mild to moderate coffee drinker.

If you are a "I like coffee with my milk" type of coffee drinker, go with 1/8th of a cup to your milk and ice. Add the cc to taste, go small and then add. Always go small then add. Easier to add than subtract!

Hope this helps answer your question!


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