Here's a cool way to drink the hottest coffees available. L.A. Guns' Black Diamonds is a premium dar roast blend with a real punch. But you don't always have to drink it hot.
There are a lot of reasons to love cold brew. Unlike iced coffee, you can control the concentration so that you don’t end up with a diluted drink.
And since the grounds aren’t subjected to heat, cold brew has a different chemical profile than coffee made with hot water. This results in lower levels of acidity, which means a smoother cup that’s more mellow on the stomach.
Cold brew is popping up everywhere from local cafes to national chains, but it’s also easy (and cheap) to make at home. Just follow these simple steps.
1 cup (113 grams) L.A. Guns Black Diamonds coffee beans
4 cups (907 grams) water
Grind the coffee beans on the coarsest setting on your grinder, or in short 1-second pulses in a spice grinder. The grounds should look like coarse cornmeal, not fine powder. You should have just under 1 cup of grounds.
Transfer the coffee grounds to the container you're using to make the cold brew. Pour the water over top. Stir gently with a long-handled spoon to make sure the grounds are thoroughly saturated with water.
Cover the jar with a lid or a small plate to protect it from dust and bugs. Let the coffee steep for about 12 to 18 hours. The coffee can be left on the counter or refrigerated; steeping time is the same.
Unless you are using a French press, you’ll need a coffee filter or a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth. If you are using a filter, wet it with cold water first.
Transfer the coffee to a small bottle or jar and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Dilute the coffee with as much water or milk as you prefer. Serve over ice or warm for a few minutes in the microwave.