Sorry I’m slow, but here’s that cold brew coffee I promised you!
For Mother’s Day, my sister and I got my mom a really fun New Orleans’ Style chicory cold brew coffee kit from Blue Bottle Coffee Company. (Yeesh, that’s a mouthful!)
It just looked like a great summer project and treat for our coffee-loving mom. But I was lucky enough to stay with my parents Father’s Day weekend when my mom was finally ready to brew this batch of awesome cold brew concentrate, so I thought I’d share!
The kit we got from Blue Bottle was fantastic, and a good deal. Though if you can find chicory somewhere, I’m sure you can make this with any kind of coffee and chicory.
how to make chicory cold brew coffee:
1 lb coffee, coarsely ground
1.5 oz chicory
2.5 quarts water (the Blue Bottle directions specify “good-tasting” water… we used filtered, and that was great)
tools you’ll need:
a stockpot or very large bowl to soak the grounds in
1.5 quart container to store your concentrate in the fridge
fine mesh sieve
1. Pour ground coffee, chicory, and 2.5 quarts water into a large bowl or stockpot. Cover and let sit overnight or for about 8-12 hours. We probably were close to the 12 hour mark.
2. Strain coffee out using the sieve and store in the 1.5 quart container. This takes a little patience if your sieve is as small as my mom’s. Make sure to really shake it well after each batch you’re straining – those grounds hold onto a lot of liquid! We didn’t expect to lose a full quart of water in the grounds, but Blue Bottle knows what they’re talking about, and we had exactly 1.5 quarts of concentrate.
to make a cup:
1. Mix about equal parts concentrate and your favorite non-dairy milk.
2. Add sweetener to taste. A small 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of simple syrup was plenty for an 8 oz glass. I tried it again with maple syrup and was not a fan, don’t think maple and chicory mix very well.
Enjoy! This was really delicious. The chicory added a really subtle but noticeable difference. I don’t know that I’ve had chicory-flavored anything before, so I wouldn’t have been able to say “hey, this is chicory coffee!” in a blind taste test, but it’s a great new-to-me flavor that makes for an awesome iced coffee.