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Save Some Serious Coin with Homemade Cold-Brewed Coffee

Cold-brewed coffee is all the rage and for good reason! It’s light and refreshing, an appealing alternative to hot coffee when the mercury rises. And it’s so darn easy and affordable to make!

Learn to Cook: Cold-Brewed Coffee

7¢ per serving. Makes 2 cups concentrate, about 8 servings.

What Do I Need?

  • 3/4 cup 365 Everyday Value® Glory Days American Roast Ground Coffee (get the coupon online – until the end of June) or other ground coffee*
  • Coffee filter and/or large (34-oz) French press

*It's traditionally made with coarsely ground beans. We like the ease of pre-ground coffee here, but if grinding your own beans, stick to a coarser texture.

OK, Let’s Do this Thing

  1. Place ground coffee in a large bowl or French press and pour over 3 cups of room-temperature drinking water.
  2. Set aside for 10 minutes and then stir gently to combine. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 12 hours.
  3. Line a fine sieve with a coffee filter. Slowly pour coffee through the filter and sieve into a pitcher, discarding the grounds. (If using a French press, slowly press down on the lid to push the grounds to the bottom and then pour coffee through a filter, if you like.)
  4. Use coffee immediately or chill until ready to serve. For each cup, pour 1 part coffee and 1 part water or milk (or nondairy alternative) over ice.

What Else Should I Know?

  • Keep the coffee concentrate in your refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To make a larger batch, use the same 1:4 coffee-to-water ratio.
  • Sweeten with simple syrup (heat 1 part sugar in 1 part water until dissolved, cool and refrigerate up to 2 weeks).
  • For even stronger coffee concentrate, cold brew the coffee for up to 24 hours.

Perk Up Dinner and Dessert

If coffee is your jam, then why wait for morning to enjoy your favorite flavor? Enjoy one of these coffee-inspired recipes.

 

6 Tips for Making Coffee Good to the Last Drop…or Ground

Freeze. Coffee cubes don't dilute your iced coffee drinks as they melt, like those made from water. Use ’em for smoothies and shakes too!

Deodorize. Leave a bowl of freshly ground coffee in the fridge for a few days to absorb odors.

Compost. Rich in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and copper, used grounds release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade.

Scrub. For an invigorating body scrub, mix together 5 cup coffee grounds, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and a dash of cinnamon.

Cook. A coffee rub adds something special to grilled chicken, pork or beef. Try our Coffee-Rubbed Roasted Chicken or any of the recipes above.

Store. Contrary to popular belief, coffee grounds and beans should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain their best flavor.

Does coffee put a smile on your face? What’s your favorite brewing method?