Your prince may have sipped champagne from your slippers, but will he drink coffee strained through your stockings? Use this recipe for cold-brewed coffee to find out. I love waking up to coffee ready to ice, no machine or filter required. You can even do this in a hotel room or in your office.
I recommend using a very clean stocking for this super green, super-thrifty trick, but you can flavor your brew any way you want. You can use a metal mesh strainer, too, but the stocking is easier to travel with or store. I'll cut the foot off and use it to tie tomato plants, but wanted you to see the idea. The band that would hold this knee-high up also keeps the stocking snug around the jar mouth.
Active time: 2 minutes. Total time: 8 to 12 hours. Yield: 2 servings, multiplies easily
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup coffee beans, ground medium coarse or regular
- ice, optional
- Combine water and coffee in a jar, stirring gently to submerge coffee without sloshing it up onto jar sides. Let coffee brew overnight, for eight to twelve hours.
- To serve at once, gently strain cold-brewed coffee into clean glasses, filled with ice cubes if desired. Leave a little coffee in the jar to avoid pouring coffee sludge into your cup. To serve later, strain coffee into a clean jar and refrigerate or freeze into ice cubes for the next day's coffee.
Tips and Notes
- After writing this, I notice that the New York Times did a whole story on cold-brewed coffee in 2007. Wish I'd seen it then! And Deb at Smitten Kitchen has her usual beyond-gorgeous photos of the process. What's different about my version? The stocking and the lack of dilution. You could make it stronger to start with and then dilute it, but I don't want an extra step in the morning.
- I'm using the Bean Martin blend from Larry's Beans, a Raleigh favorite. I adore Larry as well as his coffee because Larry writes and lives like this:
Business shouldn't be a separate mind space where you forget your values and passions. It's a part of life. All the so-called "socially responsible" things we do make our lives more interesting. They lead us to friendships and relationships with great people. It feels good to know you're doing your part to make the world better, not worse.