Cold Brew Coffee

Last month I decided to try cold brew coffee.  I had been thinking about trying cold brew coffee for several months.  After my espresso machine was mysteriously broken I decided to make the leap to cold brew.  Actually cold brew coffee may be one of the easiest ways to make coffee. It is even easier than one of those fancy single serve machines.   The equipment needed for cold brew was a lot cheaper than a new espresso machine. It is the time of year I really prefer cold coffee anyway.

What you need:  A container to make the coffee, a container for the coffee once it is made and a way to filter the grounds out of the coffee.

Coldbrew2.jpeg I got a French Press,  a Carafe and a reusable coffee filter. Most of the info I found showed using paper filters. I found an inexpensive plastic mesh filter near the paper filters. It seemed to be more stable and I would have to worry about dropping the coffee grinds back in the filtered coffee.

The coffee: Some of the sources a I read said that you need a good strong blend, others said it was a good way to get rid of stale coffee.  Oh, the coffee needs to be a coarse grind. So far I’ve tried couple of blends from my favorite roasters, Flagship Coffee Roasters.  My favorite is The Amelia. Also some sources I’ve read suggest using filtered water. I think it is a little better with filtered water.  The ratio of coffee that works best for me 1 part coffee to 2 parts water.

The process: Add the coffee and water to the French press. Stir gently with a wooden spoon to prevent breaking the glass.  Carefully insert the top of the press. Push the top in just until it is barely touching the coffee mixture. Allow to sit for 12 hours at room temp or about 20 in the fridge.

Frenchpress.jpegNext carefully pour the coffee through the filter into the carafe. Allow coffee to slowly filter into the carafe.  This will make a coffee concentrate that can be stored in the fridge for several days. To drink dilute it with ice, water or creamer to taste.

Coldbrew.jpegFor months I’ve heard Obediah and Nikki from the Riot talk about how cold brew is the best. That is smooth and less bitter than other coffees. I have to say they are correct. It may be my favorite way to drink coffee.  I’ve pretty much stopped drinking other types of coffee. Oh, one of the nice things is that my making it in advance I always have coffee available.

D-Day

Soliders Raising US Flag

Soliders Raising US Flag

Many thanks to the Big Guy’s grandfather and others who were there on June 6, 1944.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s message to the troops before embarking:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower