It's summer, which means hot coffee in the morning sounds less than pleasant. Sure, supporting your local coffee shop is a good idea, but getting cold brew coffee from the coffee shop every morning can get a bit expensive, especially if you like your iced coffee with flavored syrups. Here's the thing, though: Cold brew coffee concentrate is incredibly easy to make at home. You can have your cold brew coffee any time you like and you don't need aspecial coffee maker or particular kind of coffee to get it with this easy cold brew method.
To make cold brew concentrate, all you need is ground coffee, room temperature or cold water, a large jar or pitcher and some time. Use your favorite coffee beans; no special blend is needed for great cold brew. Take 2/3 cup of ground coffee and put it in a mason jar or pitcher. Add three cups of water and give the whole thing a stir. Cover the jar and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight; you can let the coffee sit in the brewing process for up to 24 hours.
Place a strainer over a clean jar or pitcher; you want something with a fine mesh sieve. Add a coffee filter or a layer of cheesecloth to the strainer and then pour the coffee mixture into the clean container. Discard the coffee grounds (or, better yet, put them in your compost pile).
Don't drink the coffee yet, unless you like your cold brew iced coffee really, really strong. What you have now is iced coffee concentrate, so add an equal amount of water, half-and-half or your favorite type of milk to the coffee concentrate. For a dairy free option, coconut milk is excellent in cold brew coffee. Add your choice of sweetener or flavored syrups. For an extra kick, freeze coffee into ice cubes and use them in your cold brew to keep things chill and extra-caffeinated.