My favorite beverage is coffee. I love both the smell and the taste of it. I drink it hot or cold.
Any prepper who is a coffee drinker is bound to have stocked up on coffee—I know my husband and I have. We have a small French press and a camp stove coffee pot all ready to go.
Coffee When the Power Is Down
But what happens if you can’t heat water, maybe for days on end?
Searching on the Internet, I discovered a way to make the best-tasting, most incredibly smooth coffee ever brewed. And the best part is that it doesn’t need a heat source of any kind!
All you need is a jug, coffee, and cold water. Cold water??? Yes, you read correctly . . . but I will get to that part in just a moment.
Cold brew coffee brings out more of the flavors in the coffee bean. It has more caffeine than hot brew, and much lower acidity.
The Cold Brew Coffee How-To
I used an old glass gallon jar that some pickled eggs came in, and the same amount of coffee I would normally use for two pots of coffee.
I added cold water almost to the top of the jar and let it sit for 24 hours, because we like our coffee strong. (If you like your coffee weaker, let yours sit for 8 hours or overnight and test it. If it is too strong, add some water. If too weak, let it sit longer.)
Do not put your cold brew coffee in the sun like you would to make sun tea.
Heat makes coffee acidic and bitter, which is a key reason why you are using cold water.
After you make your coffee, you can leave it on the counter or place it in the refrigerator to brew longer.
That’s all there is to it, except for straining the coffee. I didn’t like this part and I actually spilled some, which was such a waste of good coffee! So, I decided to make a muslin bag with a drawstring. Now I have a coffee bag to hold the coffee grounds.
Putting Cold Brew Coffee to the Test
A few months ago, my husband and I took a three-day road trip. We made up a couple of gallons before we left home and let the coffee brew while we were driving. This was probably the best-tasting, most delicious and refreshing coffee we have ever had. I think that it helped that the coffee was constantly agitated as we drove.
I like my cold brew coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and a bit of raw sugar. A friend of mine likes hers black with a bit of salt. My husband will drink it any way he can get it.
On a hot summer day, add some ice cubes made from cold brew coffee. No more diluted, weak iced coffee!
This coffee is so simple to make, and I am told you can make as large a batch as you like at one time because it will last up to two weeks in the fridge and still taste great. I don’t know this for a fact because our coffee never lasts that long!
Next Up . . .
Next, I am thinking of making cold brew coffee ice cream in my Vitamix.
It is the little things in life that I want to enjoy now, while I still can. And as long as we have cold water and coffee, cold brew coffee will always be one of my simple pleasures.
(This article was written by Susan Norgren as an entry in The Grow Network Writing Contest and was originally published on June 25, 2015.)