8ounces(half of a 1 lb. bag) coarsely ground coffee beans (We prefer Pike Place Medium Roast from Starbucks)
6cupsfiltered water, at room temperature
1galloncontainer or pitcher
Fine mesh strainer
Cheesecloth or paper towels
Place coffee beans in at least a 1 gallon sized container or pitcher. Slowly pour the 6 cups of water into the container, over the beans. Gently stir with a wooden spoon, just to saturate all beans. Cover tightly and let set at room temperature for at least 12 hours and no more than 24 hours.
Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth or a paper towel. Set over a large bowl. Slowly pour some of the coffee through the strainer and allow to drip through. Change out the paper towel as needed. Continue to pour the liquid through until only beans and just a little liquid is left in the pitcher/container. (Stop before the bottom beans start dropping into the strainer.)
Store in a covered pitcher or carafe in the fridge. To use: Mix desire amount of coffee concentrate with desired amount of water or milk. Sweeten to taste with choice of sweetener. I mix about 1/2 cup of coffee with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup milk, then sweeten to taste.
To double the recipe, use a MUCH larger container and use 11.5 cups water for a 1 lb. bag of coffee.
Make within 1 week of grinding coffee for best flavor.
Let coffee shop grind the beans for you, for free!