If you’re anything like me, then your blog or small business is completely run on blood, sweat and coffee! When my husband temporarily switched to a new shift, it completely threw us for a loop. For the sake of convenience, we were buying the Starbucks premade cold brew iced coffee. Depending on where you shop, that could cost you anywhere from $4-6 per bottle! For some serious caffeine addicts who had to adjust to a third shift schedule, a bottle was only lasting us 2-3 days. Ouch. That cost added up quickly and it frustrated me that there weren’t any cheaper alternatives. I decided to try my hand at making my own cold brew coffee and let me tell you, I’m NEVER buying that premade bottle again!
The best thing about this cold brew coffee mixture is that it can be used as a base in any of your favorite coffee drinks! I even have a recipe up my sleeve for a delicious mocha coffee protein smoothie! Not only does this coffee taste amazing, it is over 50% cheaper than buying that premade stuff! At my grocery store, I bought a bottle when it was on sale for $4.99. I bought a bag of Toasted Hazelnut coffee at Target for $5.97 and I’ve been able to refill the original bottle 4 times from that 1 bag which makes the cost $1.49 per refill. $1.49 per bottle vs $4.99 – are you a believer yet?!
I’ve used at least 3 different methods to strain this cold brew coffee and I even tried my hand at using a cheese cloth. Just trust me on this one, using a cheese cloth isn’t worth the headache. I bought a pack of 700 basket filters from my local Sam’s club for $3 and they are going to last me a long time; at most, I use 6 filters during the straining process. Straining twice is crucial for optimal taste, if you only strain once it will be quite bitter. This method does require a little hands on time but the money I’m saving making it myself just can’t be beat. All you’ll need to start is a mason jar for brewing, your favorite ground coffee, a few coffee filters, a fine metal sieve, two large containers for straining and a container with a lid to store your coffee!
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