Homemade Cold Brew with Mama Java Coffee
We drink a LOT of coffee at my house - so much so that for my birthday this year, my husband got me a coffee maker that you can pre-set to brew (linked here) before you're even out of bed in the morning. And yes, we use it every single day. When we were on our honeymoon though, the only thing we had for coffee in our hut was a French Press Coffeemaker, and neither of us knew how to use it. Of course, we figured it out thanks to YouTube, and became completely obsessed with French Pressed coffee. (Cute pic here of us having French Press on our honeymoon, and one here of our hut because I still can't believe that was real life.) On the weekends, we'll make French Press, but I've never used it for anything other than just hot coffee. Now that the weather's getting warmer, I've been craving Cold Brew, and French Presses are perfect for making Cold Brew!
Mama Java Coffee sent me their Pack Leader dark roast to try out and share with you guys, and even threw in a sample of their Until Wine hazelnut blend (I used it for my first round of Cold Brew actually, and the flavor is UNreal good.) Their coffee is really, really good, and you can actually subscribe for auto-shipments of coffee, which is all kinds of genius in my book. Also the names of their blends are hilarious - "Until Wine" gets me every time. The company is owned by moms, and because they know how often other moms' cups of coffee get left half-full, they spend a lot of time on quality control to make sure your forgotten coffee doesn't go bitter or acidic.
Below is the Cold Brew recipe, and it's the easiest ever. I have been drinking it on ice with a splash of skim milk, and if you use flavored coffee like Until Wine hazelnut blend, it's not entirely necessary to sweeten it with anything else.
A French Press
3/4 cup of coffee grounds
2 1/2 cups of cold filtered water
Combine ingredients in a French Press and gently stir to mix. Put the top of the French Press on to cover the coffee, but do not push the plunger down.
Note: If you don't have a French Press (get one, asap) you should know that pushing the plunger down will separate the grounds from the liquid, which stops it from brewing.
Set the French Press in the fridge for 12-24 hours. Push the plunger down before consuming, and serve Cold Brew on ice with your choice of milk to make an iced coffee. Be warned, this is a little more concentrated than typical coffee, so if you're pregnant or watching your caffeine consumption, watering it down with milk or water is recommended!
This post was sponsored by Mama Java Coffee. All opinions are my own.