July 29, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo
It’s ironic that most people need a cup of coffee to get going, yet putting up a pot requires a caffeine-energy boost. Sure you can program your coffeemaker, but if you’re like me and prefer to save energy, then you know those small appliances can be a drain on your electric bill if kept plugged in when not in use.
A good answer to this early morning java dilemma is cold-brewed coffee. Just set up a pot of French press with ground coffee and water from your Cuisinart CleanWater, and all you’ll need to do in the a.m. is pour and enjoy. A few tips for starting out:
- Accuracy is everything, so add this to the many reasons you’ve been meaning to buy a kitchen scale.
- Stir it up. Before tucking in for the night don’t forget to stir the grinds and water. Otherwise only the top layer will steep, leaving you disappointed come the morning.
- No French Press, No Cry. While a French press worked best in my test batches, you can use this method in a pitcher or container and simply pour through a fine sieve or strainer, though it may take an extra pass-though for a grind-free cup of coffee.
Makes 3 double-strength cups
Whether you drink this black, with milk or cream, remember it’s double strength, so dilute it with equal parts of the liquid of your choosing (1:1 ratio, for example 4 ounces coffee with 4 ounces milk). As for the grind, medium works best if you're using the press method as directed below.
42 grams drip-ground coffee (medium-textured)
3 cups/24 ounces/675 ml cold water
Add the coffee to a French press pot. Pour in the water and stir. Do not skip this step or else the grinds will not steep properly. Trust me, I speak from experience. Cover with a plate or rest the press cover on top, but do not plunge. Let "brew" at room temperature for 8 to 10 hours (I find the last 2 hours don't make a huge difference but don't want you setting your alarm just to push the press down—that'd be plain silly).