French press coffee is absolutely, positively wonderful. It requires no electricity and the flavors of the coffee are really brought out by the steeping method. I love it hot, but have found it maybe even more enjoyable (personally) cold. Cold brewed french press is the best of all worlds, it’s easy, cheap and yummy. If you’re in the habit of buying a Toddy or iced coffee daily, this will save you tons of cash. I buy costco beans for about $4 a pound, fair trade is a bit more, maybe $5. A pound of coffee makes about 100 cups of regular strength coffee and that’s $.05 per cup for fair trade. If you like your coffee strong, it’s $0.10. Purchasing an 32oz french press should run you $15-$20. And then you can sell your $150 Kuerig on craigslist and say good riddance.
Cold Brewed French Press Coffee Concentrate
Yield: 16 regular strength or 8 strong cups of coffee
1 cup whole coffee beans
32 oz French press
Grind coffee on the course setting and add it to the press
Add filtered water to almost fill, leaving enough for the plunger to rest on top, un-plunged.
Stir the coffee with a wooden spoon. Don’t use metal, it can effect the taste.
Place it in the fridge 8-12 hours.
Stir one last time, then slowly push the plunger down to press the beans.
Add 2 oz to a glass, then add milk or water and preferred sweetener
Taste for strength and add more coffee if desired.
Enjoy your fancy coffee!