Usually, I drink the coffee at work five days a week. It’s unlimited, it’s pretty good, and it’s free! Yesterday, though, it hit 95 degrees and my annual craving for cold coffee hit.
But I’m not talking watery, bitter, weak drip coffee over ice – I could’ve made that at work, I guess. Last year, when I was living in Minneapolis, I developed an obsession with cold press. It’s sweet and strong and ridiculously delicious … and for some odd reason way more popular in the Midwest than out here, where coffee shops always look at me like I’m a crazy person when I order it.
Being both a) Desperate for that glass of caffeinated joy and b) A cheapskate, I started Googling. Turns out, making your own is really simple!
I went to World Market after work and grabbed a $20 French press. Back at home, I threw in 1.5 cups of ground coffee and 3 cups of water and stuck it in the fridge. Then, because I wanted to make coffee-shop-equivalent cold brew, I brewed up some simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar) and put it in a fancy jar. There should be enough in there to last me a while, because who has time to boil water every morning before work? Not me, that’s for sure.
Then I went to bed. Or more accurately, watched Netflix, read a book, and told myself I should exercise but didn’t. Then I went to bed.
This morning, I pressed the coffee (thinking to myself “This is so simple! Why did I always think a French press was so fancy? I love this thing!”), poured it into my travel mug, added syrup and milk (whole milk because … why not?), and proceeded to guzzle it with joy. I’ll be drinking a LOT of this for the next few months.
What’s your favorite coffee drink? Do you know how to make it at home?