Yes you should be making cold brew with a French Press!

Howell Dota Cold Brew

We had our first HOT day in New England, so it was time to make cold brew. I love to do it with my Bodum French press.  It’s super fast and straightforward to clean up. I had some leftover George Howell Dota, so this was a good use.

Howell Dota Cold Brew

I made Howell Dota in my french press cold brew style

To make cold-brew coffee with a French press, you can follow these steps:

  1. Coarsely Grind the Coffee Beans: To ensure a smoother extraction, cold brew coffee is typically made with coarsely ground coffee beans. Measure out the amount of coffee beans you’d like to use, and grind them to a coarse consistency.  I use about a 20-grind on my Baratza Encore.  The typical ratio for cold brew is 1:4 to 1:5 coffee-to-water by weight. For example, you could use 1 cup of coffee grounds to 4-5 cups of water.
  2. Combine Coffee and Water: Add the coarsely ground coffee to the French press. Pour cold, filtered water over the coffee grounds.  I’m a stickler for using room temperature water.  Of course, it quickly gets much colder in the fridge.
  3. Stir: Gently stir the mixture to ensure all the coffee grounds are fully saturated with water.
  4. Steep: Place the plunger on top of the French press without pressing it down, and let the coffee steep for 12-24 hours. The steeping time can vary depending on how strong you want your cold brew to be. Steeping at room temperature or in the refrigerator are both options.
  5. Press and Strain: After the steeping time is up, slowly press down the plunger to separate the coffee grounds from the liquid. This will also help filter out any remaining coffee grounds.
  6. Serve: Pour the cold brew coffee into a glass, and add any additional ingredients to taste, such as milk, cream, or sweetener. Cold brew coffee can be served over ice for a refreshing iced coffee drink.
  7. Store: Store any leftover cold brew coffee in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a week.

These steps should help you make delicious cold-brew coffee using a French press. Enjoy!

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