Small World Coffee

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

By Jessica | Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

One of our baristas, Mackenzie, has been experimenting with a method of cold brewing and getting FANTASTIC results! It’s a great way to get a full, complex, delicious extraction for iced coffee at home.  Here’s the recipe!

1 Lb of coarsely ground Small World Coffee
(whatever kind of bean you like, although so far I’ve really loved the Crispy Hippie for a smooth, smokey cup)

10 cups of filtered, room temperature water

A large, non reactive container

Pour the coffee into the container, and add two cups of water, stirring until just combined, but no more (agitating as little as possible).  Once all the grinds are damp, add the rest of the water in slow, concentric circles, making sure to wet the grinds evenly.  Cover, and let sit undisturbed at room temperature for 12 hours.

The coffee will form a leathery layer on the surface, poke a hole in this layer (near the edge!) and strain the concentrate through a sieve.  It may be helpful to strain it a second time through a paper filter, just to make sure you don’t get any sludge!

Pour the concentrate into an airtight pitcher, put in the fridge, and voila! A delicious cold concentrate that you can mix with milk, water, or drink straight (like an iced espresso).  The perfect way to get your fix in this unbelievable heat!!!

4 Responses to “Cold Brewed Iced Coffee”

  1. Jacqui says:

    A much belated reply, but here you go: We have since began serving our very own New Orleans style iced coffee at the cafe, and we actually use 1# of coffee in roughly one gallon of water. Some of the water is retained in the saturated grinds, so you will end up with slightly less than a gallon of extract. We mix ours with milk and a splash of our homemade vanilla syrup – excellent stuff!

  2. Steven says:

    The Iced coffe sounds great! I just had one question. The recipe says you need 1 pound of coffee, how many serving do you get at the end?

  3. Vin says:

    Hi Jenn, thanks for the question! The coffee extract will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge.


  4. Jenn says:

    I love iced coffee, and I’m looking forward to trying this out. My question is: how long is the coffee good for once it’s put in the fridge? A couple hours? A couple days?